Barkley continues Tahoe support

Updated: July 8, 2009, 12:49 PM ET
Associated Press

STATELINE, Nev. -- NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley made another big contribution to help the victims of a wildfire that destroyed more than 250 homes at Lake Tahoe two years ago.

Barkley donated $100,000 a year ago to South Tahoe's Community Disaster Resource Center to benefit victims of the 2007 Angora Fire.

Center chairman Dick Schwarte said it received another check for $90,000 last week on the eve of the 20th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.

Barkley is a fan favorite at the tourney, which begins next Friday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. He toured the disaster area shortly after the fire and hosted a dinner for 100 firefighters.

South Lake Tahoe Mayor Jerry Birdwell called Barkley a true friend who has become a part of the community.


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