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Waste Management Phoenix Open and Thunderbirds officials present a $6.2 million check for charity. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Thursday was a huge day for about 200 charities statewide as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Thunderbirds announced that the January tournament raised more than $6 million.

Thunderbirds Big Chief Tom Altieri said Special Olympics, St. Mary's Food Bank, United Way and many others will get a slice of the $6.2 million check that was made possible by hundreds of thousands of golf fans who attended this year's tournament.

"If you bought a bottle of water, a hot dog, a soda or a beer then you contributed to this check."

Altieri said this is one of his favorite days of the year, as thousands of people in need benefit from hard work.

Since 1932, the Phoenix Open has raised almost $90 million for charities in Arizona.

The 2014 Open tees off Jan. 27 at TPC of Scottsdale.

Jim Cross, Reporter

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