|Name Change and 2008 Tournament Dates (original release date 1/21/08)|
Columbus, Ohio - January 21, 2008 -
Nationwide Children's Invitational Announces Name Change and 2008 Tournament Dates
Jerry Jurgensen, CEO of Nationwide, announced earlier today that the inaugural Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, held July 9 - 15, 2007 at the Ohio State University Golf Club - Scarlet Course, raised $482,600 for charitable organizations in central Ohio. The total marks the largest charitable donation raised by a first-year Nationwide Tour event in the Tour's 18-year history.
Preceding a re-dedication ceremony recognizing Nationwide's $50 million philanthropic gift and the subsequent re-naming of the event's primary beneficiary to, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Jurgensen presented a check to the hospital's Chief Executive Officer, Steve Allen, MD, in the amount of $410,000.
"We congratulate the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational on an outstanding inaugural event and are extremely thankful for this generous gift," said Dr. Allen. "These funds will be dedicated to our pediatric cancer program and will help change the lives of our patients and their families for years to come."
"It is our great pleasure to be in position to contribute these dollars to central Ohio charities, principally Nationwide Children's Hospital," said John Aman, president of Champions of the Community, Inc., the tournament's host organization. "We thank our sponsors and golf fans in central Ohio for their support and look forward to next year's event and the opportunity to build on our successes."
"Nationwide's goal was to establish a top-tier event in the first year," said Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee. "Today's announcement about the Invitational's record-setting charity effort is the clearest evidence that the goal was met and certainly mirrors the giving back spirit of the PGA TOUR. We congratulate tournament organizers for having such a significant impact on the Columbus community."
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Tickets to the 2008 Nationwide Children's Invitational are available to the general public. The badges, valid Monday, May 28 through Sunday, June 3, are available for $155 until April 30. The public may call the Tournament ticket office weekdays at 877-MT BADGE between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to purchase badges or purchase them on-line at www.nationwidechildrensinvitational.com. Daily tickets for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday practice rounds are also available. The cost is $30, and they are valid for all three practice round days.
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is the only tournament on the Nationwide Tour to operate as an "invitational", providing a unique platform in which the best players on the Nationwide Tour will be joined by a select number of the country's top collegian/amateur golfers in a limited field of 144 players. The tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Nationwide Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at www.nchigolf.com.
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ABOUT THE NATIONWIDE TOUR
As an extension of the PGA TOUR, the Nationwide Tour identifies and transitions those select golfers whose games are ready to compete and win on golf's greatest stage. In 2007, Nationwide Tour alumni reached the 200th PGA TOUR win milestone, which includes a grand slam of the major championships. Twenty-five PGA TOUR cards will be at stake over the course of 32 Nationwide Tour tournaments this season, with a record $18 million in prize money available. Recognizing this growing stature and the PGA TOUR's commitment to charity, Nationwide, one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the world, renewed its umbrella sponsorship of the Nationwide Tour through 2012. The PGA TOUR, through the efforts of its three tours and their tournaments, sponsors, players and volunteers, supports over 2,000 local charities and has surpassed $1 billion in charitable giving. To learn more about the Nationwide Tour's rich history and the PGA TOUR's next stars, visit www.PGATOUR.com.
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