John Deere Classic board members distributed a record $5.29 million to charities in the Quad-Cities area and beyond, as the tractor company's golf tournament raised the money through donor pledges at the July event, according to the Quad-City Times.
Brian Kardell, volunteer chairman for the 2011 event, noted that the immense support that was provided to the local charities by visitors to the golf tournament was driven by a convergence of positive factors, the news source reported.
"The stars kind of aligned for us," Kardell told the Times. "The economy came back just a little bit, the weather cooperated, and the people of the Quad-Cities came out in droves to support us."
Although the company is known for its iconic farm equipment and used John Deere tractors can be seen on farms across the country, charity remains important to the business.
WQAD.com reported that it is the sixth straight year that the tournament has raised more than $4 million, and the charities also received an 8 percent bonus on profits from the event.
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