Southwest Airlines golf tournament donates USD 500K to charities

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced its 32nd Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament donated more than USD 500,000 to deserving charities around the country, the company said.

This event invites golfers to participate in a unique tournament and tee up to support great causes. With more than 1,200 people attending this year´s event, the LUV Classic helped give back to communities across the nation in three important ways.

Part of the money raised at the LUV Classic will be donated to four charities that focus on improving the well-being of children across the country. Shriners Hospital for Children, MD Anderson Children´s Cancer Center, Folds of Honor, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities are all charities that work hard to positively impact children.

Whether these charities are providing medical care, scholarship opportunities, or a home away from home, these charities all have a common goal the LUV Classic donations will support–to make a difference in the lives of children.

Additionally, MD Anderson and Shriners Hospital for Children are both founding partners of Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing travel to nonprofit hospitals and medical transportation organizations.

In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. has topped 115 million passengers annually, in recent years. Southwest became the nation´s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the US Department of Transportation´s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded.