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Texas teen raises $1 million for hospital

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  • July 19, 2010 9:32 PM PDT

MCKINNEY, Texas — Ben Sater had vowed that before he went off to college, he would raise $1 million for the Dallas children's hospital where he had received free treatments as a child.

After eight years' worth of fundraising golf tournaments for kids, the soon-to-be Austin College freshman has reached the goal, with nearly $19,000 to spare.

Organizers announced Monday that they've raised $1,018,842 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, an orthopedic center that treats patients free of charge.

"We got it," the now 18-year-old told the group of kids gathered in McKinney on Monday for the second KidSwing tournament of the summer.

Later, smiling under the hot summer sun as the kids who spent the morning golfing splashed in the pool, he said he initially didn't even consider the possibility of raising so much money. The first tournament in 2003 raised about $20,000.

Sater said, "$1 million never even crossed my mind."

But over the years, the tournament grew in popularity — the McKinney location was added three years ago after the original Dallas tournament kept filling up. Once the tournaments had raised around $500,000, Sater realized $1 million was possible.

The tournaments are for kids 7 to 18, so this was Sater's last year to play. But he said the tournaments will go on and he'll still be involved.

"It's a little bittersweet," said his mother, Kim Sater.