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Golfing for good

HAYWARD — Golfing may be a requirement to rise through the ranks of corporations, but it can sometimes be used for the public good, too. Witness the recent Waste Management Charity Golf Tournament, which raised half a million dollars for East Bay charities.

That’s a pretty impressive number, even for a tournament with a less-than-sexy name. Well, the tournament plus a gala at the Claremont in Oakland.

The tournament, in which more than 200 people took part Sept. 4-5 at Stonebrae Country Club in the Hayward hills, was the first that Waste Management has held in California, according to a press release.

The money raised will benefit six charities:

Alameda County Community Food Bank ($95,000)
Funds will be used to buy a 26-foot truck for food distribution in Alameda County.

Chabot Space and Science Center ($95,000)
The money will pay for an environmental education exhibit and programming.

Cypress Mandela Training Center ($65,000)
The grant will expand training programs, emphasizing reuse of green construction materials and safe handling of hazardous material.

East Bay Community Foundation ($90,000)
The money will be used to create a fund to provide mini-grants to environmental issues groups in Alameda County.

Friends of Oakland Parks & Rec ($75,000)
Using matching funds, the grant will upgrade toddler lots, install shaded picnic areas and resurface tennis court at the East Oakland Sports Center.

The YMCA of the East Bay ($80,000)
Funds will underwrite a Bullying Prevention program and We Dig the Y, an urban garden/healthy eating initiative.

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