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RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Dear Editor,
    When I checked for lists of firms that had made pledges for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief I was disappointed that C3 Presents/ACL Fest and the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) had not made a pledge. These firms are making a substantial profit from Texans and should align their philanthropic giving to the needs of Texans as well as those in Puerto Rico, whose needs are not being met.
    Also, the Dell Match Play World Championships are being held in Austin and are generating substantial funding for the tournament organizer yet only a small portion of the tournament's charitable donations are directed toward a golf nonprofit. With the game of golf declining in popularity and some public golf courses actually losing money, why would Dell not stipulate more funding be dedicated to expand opportunities for golfers of all ages and backgrounds? The First Tee of Greater Austin is the only nonprofit receiving this charitable funding. Other well-funded nonprofits, who receive Dell funding, could donate a portion of their funding received from the golf tournament to help the city of Austin's Junior Golf Academy and other golf learning opportunities, but have not done so.
Scott Johnson
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