BOISE -- The Albertsons Boise Open is six months away but the excitement over what the annual golf tournament provides for local non-profit organizations was front-and-center in Boise Monday morning.
The tournament handed out some very big checks to eight area non-profits whose missions center around children and giving.
Over $100,000 was given to organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nampa and Ada County, the Salvation Army and Idaho Foodbank.
Dan Clark with the Meridian Food Bank said they will use their $15,000 check to buy a desperately needed fork lift.
We try to plan out everything we do with the monies that we get, buying the right amount of food, the right food, but every now and then when something like this comes along and we weren t expecting it, then we get a chance to enhance what we do, and in this case it s a forklift! said Clark.
The Boise Open also gave $1,000 donations to 48 schools in southern Idaho, bringing the total amount donated from last year's tournament to area charities to $1.3 million.
Albertsons Division President Susan Morris said it s why the Boise-based company is so proud of its marquee event.
At the end of the day I think we are all happy with the way the tournament is run, said Morris. It is not just the charitable side for Idaho, but what it does for commerce, what it does for the city. And I hope it goes on and on and on.
Today s event shows why the Albertsons Boise Open is so much more than just a web.com tour stop in Boise.
This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the tournament in Boise, and everyone we talked to today from the tournament director, promoter and Albertsons, said it will be the biggest one ever.