HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - The Verizon Heritage Golf Tournament pumps in millions of dollars into the local economy each year. But it has a huge impact on many charities as well.
Last year alone, the Heritage Classic Foundation gave away from $1.3 million to local charities. It's a thanks to many volunteers who do their part.
The Hilton Head Firefighters association is one of several groups that run a concession stand at the tournament each year, all in the name of charity. They have been at the location between the first and ninth fairways for years, serving up hot food and cool beverages to help worthy organization in the community.
"We've done Child Abuse Prevention Association. We've done Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Second Helpings, just all different charities, mostly local. We have a grant process we put out every year so people apply for the grants," said Randy Linstrom, Hilton Head Island Firefighters Association.
Some of the volunteers come in as early as 6:30am and stay until 7pm.
All in all, the nine concession stands at the tournament raise about $200.000 a year. And that's especially important these days with many charities seeing an increase in need for their services, but less donations coming in.