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    • 7/29/13 Northern Trust Open announces $1.3 million generated for charity

    LOS ANGELES - Northern Trust Open tournament officials announced that the 2013 Northern Trust Open generated $1.3 million to benefit City of Hope, the event's official charity partner, and other non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. The total generated for Los Angeles charities since the event's inception in 1926 is now nearly $57 million.

    The 2013 Northern Trust Open, which Los Angeles-native John Merrick won in a two-hole playoff against Charlie Beljan, was held in February at historic Riviera Country Club.  The 2014 event is scheduled for February 12-16, and tickets go on sale this Thursday, August 1.

    "At Northern Trust, supporting the communities where we live and work is part of our corporate DNA," said Northern Trust Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Waddell. "We're delighted the Northern Trust Open continues to provide meaningful financial help to City of Hope and other non-profit groups that help people in need across the Los Angeles region. We'll be back again next year to contribute to the vital efforts underway at   charitable organizations in the area."

    In July 2012, City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases, was named the tournament's official charity.  The announcement came after an extensive, two-year search process in which 21 Los Angeles-based charities submitted proposals. 

    "The Northern Trust Open is extremely proud to support Los Angeles-based charities and we're excited that in our first year of working together, we donated funds and increased awareness of the great work City of Hope does for life-threatening diseases," said Mike Bone, general manager of the Northern Trust Open.  "This is a great starting point for what I'm sure will be an amazing and beneficial relationship for years to come."

    Founded 100 years ago, City of Hope shares the Northern Trust Open's tradition of giving back, strengthening individuals, families and communities through innovative and responsive philanthropic programs.  As the official charity of the Northern Trust Open, City of Hope utilizes the event as a platform to educate the nation about its work, while benefiting from the considerable charitable dollars generated each year from tournament proceeds. In turn, City of Hope works alongside the Northern Trust Open to generate exposure, sales, promotion and growth of the event.

    "The success of this year's tournament is testament to two Southern California icons - City of Hope and the Northern Trust Open," said City of Hope Chief Executive Michael A. Friedman. "Through the funds and awareness raised by the Northern Trust Open, City of Hope will continue to transform the future of health. Already, our research has led to the development of medicines that benefit 100 million people each year, and our compassionate care is seen as a model worldwide. As we enter our second century, such support will enable us to build on this great beginning."
    Although City of Hope is the official charity partner of the Northern Trust Open, the long-term charitable strategy of the event includes additional avenues for local organizations to receive funding, including the LA Legends Club and Community Charity programs.

    • The LA Legends Club is a group of Los Angeles-area civic and corporate leaders who serve as event ambassadors, helping to educate the community about the Northern Trust Open's fundraising impact. Each year, the LA Legends Club selects nonprofits to receive funds the club raises in conjunction with the event.  In 2013, five organizations received $20,000 each from the LA Legends Club: AbilityFirst; Children's Bureau, Friends of Golf; SCGA Foundation; and St. James Inn.

    • Community Charities are national PGA TOUR charitable programs such as TICKETS Fore CHARITY™, the Birdies for the Brave® Patriots' Outpost, The First Tee and Chevron's EAGLES FOR EDUCATION® program that are impacted by the Northern Trust Open.  In 2013, TICKETS Fore CHARITY generated more than $274,000 for nonprofit organizations in the greater Los Angeles area, and EAGLES FOR EDUCATION provided a $203,000 donation to support 350 students through the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and The First Tee.

    Daily tickets for the 2014 Northern Trust Open go on sale August 1.  Daily grounds tickets are $20 for Wednesday's practice round (February 12) and $30 for competition rounds, Thursday-Sunday (February 13-16).  A Weekender Ticket (grounds access Saturday and Sunday) is available for $45.  Daily Palisades Club tickets are available for $65; The Palisades Club, which debuted in 2013, is an open-air and tented hospitality venue with excellent views of the signature 10th hole and practice range.  Upgraded food and beverage are available for purchase.  Daily Clubhouse tickets are on sale for $85.

    Weekly Grounds Passes, Weekly Clubhouse Passes and, new this year, Weekly Palisades Club Passes are also available.  Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Northern Trust Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult.  There is no limit to the number of youth 18 and younger who can attend with a ticketed adult. Also, as part of its support for the Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative, the TOUR provides all active duty, retired and Reserve military members and their dependents with complimentary admission to the Northern Trust Open all week.  Military tickets can be obtained by anyone with a valid Department of Defense-issued ID.  Veterans can acquire complimentary tickets by contacting the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.  For more Northern Trust Open ticket information, visit

    About the Northern Trust Open
    The Northern Trust Open is one of the longest-running tournaments on the PGA TOUR.  Debuting in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club, the event had been staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at Riviera Country Club in 1973. Outside of the major championships, the Northern Trust Open is the fourth-oldest event on TOUR, trailing only the BMW Championship, the Canadian Open and the Valero Texas Open.  The 2013 Northern Trust Open raised $1.3 million for non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area, bringing the total generated for Los Angeles charities since the event's inception to more than $56.5 million.  City of Hope was named the official charity of the Northern Trust Open beginning with the 2013 event.  For ticket information, visit

    About Northern Trust
    Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of investment management, asset and fund administration, banking solutions and fiduciary services for corporations, institutions and affluent individuals worldwide. Northern Trust, a financial holding company based in Chicago, has offices in 18 U.S. states and 16 international locations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. As of September 30, 2012, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$4.8 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$749.7 billion. For more than 120 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader in combining exceptional service and expertise with innovative products and technology. For more information, or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.

    About City of Hope
    City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope's main hospital is located in Duarte, Calif., just northeast of Los Angeles, with clinics in Antelope Valley and South Pasadena. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S.News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.