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Senior golf tour gift benefits Cooper-Siegel Community Library in Fox Chapel

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:12 p.m.

Lower Valley area residents still are buzzing about last summer's stop by the PGA Champions Tour in Fox Chapel.

The buzz is especially strong among the leaders of the Cooper-Siegel Community Library, who last week received a $20,000 donation from the Constellation Senior Players Championship as part of the PGA's mission to give back to the community.

“We are so grateful for these important funds that allow us to provide extensive library services to individuals throughout our district,” library executive director Stephanie Flom said. “It was exciting to have the PGA Senior Players Championship just down the street from us last summer, and we look forward to their return.”

The money will be used to support the library's operating budget. The library, which opened in 2011, carries more than 80,000 books and electronic titles and offers programs for children, teens and adults.

There are story times, computer lessons, financial workshops and book clubs. The new site opened with more than three times the space as the former library in part because the programs are so popular with the 30,000 residents it serves in the Fox Chapel Area School District.

The Constellation Senior Players Championship, held in June 2012, was a hit for the Fox Chapel Golf Club and the entire area. Tens of thousands of spectators gathered to watch some of the biggest names in golf, and proceeds have been funneled back to several local charities.

Since 1992, the senior players tour has raised more than $8 million. Proceeds from last year's event went to The First Tee of Pittsburgh, a group that provides children from diverse backgrounds the chance to learn values such as integrity and honesty through golf. Money also went to Friends of the Riverfront to help develop the Aspinwall Riverfront Park.

“Constellation is proud to sponsor the Senior Players Championship and to help support organizations, such as Cooper-Siegel Community Library, who make such a positive impact in the Greater Pittsburgh community,” said Kenneth Cornew, president and CEO of Constellation.

The tour is one of five major championships on the PGA Champions Tour for eligible professionals ages 50 and over.

Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. She can be reached at tpanizzi@tribweb.com.

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