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    • 8/10/2011 - Northern Trust Open launches 2012 TICKETS Fore CHARITY™

    Northern Trust Open launches 2012 TICKETS Fore CHARITY™
    Program helps local non profits raise funds

    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Tournament officials at the Northern Trust Open are once again extending charitable organizations in the Los Angeles area the opportunity to participate in TICKETS Fore CHARITY™, an innovative fundraising platform designed to improve the quality of life in communities where PGA TOUR events are held.  The TICKETS Fore CHARITY program will offer registered 501 (c)(3) organizations a chance to raise funds by promoting tournament tickets sales to the historic Northern Trust Open, to be held February 14-19, 2012, at historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.

    The Northern Trust Open's TICKETS Fore CHARITY program allows local charitable organizations to promote the sale of daily and weekly grounds tickets to the 2012 event and keep 80 percent of the net proceeds from each ticket. The remaining 20 percent of the net proceeds go directly to the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation, which enriches the lives of young professionals in greater Los Angeles by helping to develop strong corporate, civic and nonprofit leaders through professional growth, leadership development, personal enrichment and community involvement.

    This marks the third year of the Northern Trust Open's TICKETS Fore CHARITY program.  A total of 67 charities participated in TICKETS Fore CHARITY in 2011 and generated more than $200,000 for nonprofit organizations in the greater Los Angeles area. 

    Once again, Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) has stated it will provide a charity challenge bonus pool of up to $50,000 to be distributed at three "checkpoints" throughout the year.  Under the charity challenge, the charities that generate the most ticket sales through the first two designated checkpoints are to be awarded $10,000 each by Northern Trust.  The final $30,000 bonus is to be divided amongst first through fifth place based on overall TICKETS Fore CHARITY sales for 2012.

    Non-profit organizations interested in participating in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program may contact Kristi Lee Fowlks in the tournament office at (310) 573.5810 or

    Tournament ticket prices for the 2012 Northern Trust Open range from $30 for a daily grounds ticket and $80 for a weekly grounds ticket.

    In 2011, the Northern Trust Open generated $1.6 million for Los Angeles charities, bringing the total charitable contribution to $53.5 million since the event's inception.  It is estimated that the Northern Trust Open helps 15,000 Los Angeles residents each year, which includes 5,000 kids who are beneficiaries of its charitable proceeds as distributed primarily through the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation.

    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.  For ticket information, visit

    About Northern Trust Corporation
    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 June 30, 2011, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$4.4 trillion, and assets under investment management of US$684.1 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, visit

    About PGA TOUR
    The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.
     The PGA TOUR's mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
     In 2011, the three Tours collectively have tournaments in 29 states and in 12 countries and territories outside of the United States. PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 500 million households in 224 countries and territories in 29 languages.
     Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2010, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $120 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.6 billion.
     The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.