A partnership with the PGA TOUR and AstraZeneca
ORLANDO, FL (October 18, 2005) – Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women recognized the donation of $264,000 from the CRESTOR® Charity Challenge, the PGA TOUR and its players over the past two years during a ceremony today which included TOUR player Brian Gay along with representatives from Arnold Palmer Hospital and the CRESTOR® Charity Challenge. Following the check presentation Brian Gay visited with pediatric patients and helped them with their putting strokes in the hospital's atrium, which was transformed into a miniature putting green, while staff members and hospital visitors participated in free cholesterol screenings organized by the hospital.
"Philanthropic support has played a key role in the success of Arnold Palmer Hospital and we are very appreciative of the generosity we receive from so many people locally and nationally," said John Bozard, president, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation. "We are especially grateful for the support from these PGA TOUR players and The CRESTOR® Charity Challenge. The funds they have donated will make a difference in the lives of the patients we care for at Arnold Palmer Hospital."
Arnold Palmer Hospital has been the recipient charity of the CRESTOR® Charity Challenge for the Bay Hill Invitational and four different PGA TOUR professionals over the past two years for a total of $264,000. Player donations include Stuart Appleby, Bay Hill Invitational 2004; Brian Gay, Bank of America Colonial 2004; Brian Davis, Nissan Open 2005 and Kenny Perry, Bay Hill Invitational 2005.
The CRESTOR® Charity Challenge is the centerpiece of a multi-year PGA Tour partnership with AstraZeneca on behalf of its cholesterol-lowering medication, CRESTOR. The Challenge is a season-long competition that recognizes and rewards the tournament leader entering the final round at 35 PGA TOUR events. Through the program, now in its second year, AstraZeneca will donate $3.5 million a year to designated health care and PGA TOUR charities. At each of the selected tournaments, a $100,000 contribution is made, supporting the PGA TOUR's Drive to a Billion campaign. It celebrates the spirit of giving that has helped the TOUR and its tournaments approach the milestone of $1billion dollars in charitable giving.
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women, part of Orlando Regional Healthcare, is a 281-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children and women. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital includes a regional center for neonatal care, a Congenital Heart Institute, maternal and pediatric intensive care as well as hematology/oncology services. Since 1989, more than 121,000 babies have been born at Arnold Palmer Hospital. To learn more, visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.org.