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THE PLAYERS giving back month kicks off with free mammograms
Each year, money generated by THE PLAYERS Championship benefits more than 300 charities throughout northeast Florida, totaling more than $75 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $8.1 million generated in 2015.
Over the next 30-plus days, THE PLAYERS celebrate giving back month with several events designed to highlight the many organizations that receive funding from THE PLAYERS. Commissioner Finchem expects to announce a record charitable total from the 2016 tournament, surpassing the record set last year of $8.1 million, as part of THE PLAYERS Charity Celebration on November 1 on the back lawn of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.
THE PLAYERS Championship volunteer leadership – the Red Coats – hit the road today for what has become a giving back month tradition: the Red Coat Ride Out. The first stop for the Red Coats was Volunteers in Medicine, where THE PLAYERS sponsored a visit from the Precision Imaging Mobile Mammography Unit, offering free mammograms to Jacksonville’s working, low-income and uninsured, individuals.
Precision Imaging Centers Mobile Mammography Unit uses full-field digital mammography for diagnostic accuracy and the early detection of breast disease. The state-of-the-art equipment captures images digitally and feeds the data to computer-aided detection software used to interpret results.
“I can’t thank THE PLAYERS Championship and the Red Coats enough for covering the mammogram costs for these women,” said Melinda Demsey, director of mobile mammography and corporate sales at Precision Imaging Centers. “Breast-cancer screenings can save lives, and today we made it possible for women who, without the help of THE PLAYERS, may not have been able to afford a screening.”
Volunteers in Medicine provides free outpatient primary and specialty medical services to Jacksonville’s working, low-income and uninsured individuals and families to keep them healthy, employed and out of hospital emergency rooms.
“Many people in our community lack the necessary funds to purchase health insurance,” said Theresa Greene Hazel, 1999 tournament chairman. “Organizations like Volunteers in Medicine provide medical services for those in need, and in this case, preventative medical services thanks to the help of Precision Imaging Centers. With our $10,000 check, we are excited to help Volunteers in Medicine reach eclipse a $50,000 matching goal. Now, our $10,000 donation becomes $20,000 for Volunteers in Medicine."
“Volunteers in Medicine is thrilled to be the first stop on THE PLAYERS Red Coat Ride Out,” said Mary Pat Corrigan, executive director of Volunteers in Medicine. “This generous, and unexpected donation, will a give us the ability to help a number of patients but most importantly, hosting an event with THE PLAYERS helps us get information about Volunteers in Medicine into the community. We are extremely grateful to have this opportunity."
Upcoming Giving Back Month events include the annual charity announcement at TPC Sawgrass on November 1 and visits to Five Star Veterans Center (Nov. 7), Pine Castle (Nov. 14), Northshore Elementary School (Nov. 21) and Topgolf with The Boselli Foundation (Nov. 30).
The money generated by THE PLAYERS each year benefits more than 300 charities throughout northeast Florida, totaling more than $75 million in charitable giving since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977.
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