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Waste Management Open raised more than $6 million for charity

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.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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