Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Raises $126,500 for Medical Research

Outback's $126,500 donation is presentedTAMPA – Officials at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am have announced that Tampa Bay’s premier Champions Tour event raised $126,500 to benefit Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Ride Ataxia Tampa Bay generated an additional $30,000 for FARA.

The first-ever Ride Ataxia Tampa was another way the tournament helped to create awareness and generate additional dollars for FARA the week of the Pro-Am. These two elite events raised over $156,500 to continue the research for a possible cure for Friedreich’s ataxia (FA).  The check presentation will take place Sunday, Aug. 29 at the Annual FARA Energy Ball at A La Carte Event Pavilion.

“FARA and everyone with the organization are close to our heart,” said Amy Hawk, tournament director of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. “We are honored to partner with such a great organization and delighted to contribute over $156,500 to help continue research that will effective treatments to slow, stop, reverse and hopefully cure Friedreich’s ataxia.”

"The Tampa community has really wrapped its arms around FARA through unprecedented support this year at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am in April and this weekend hosting the Energy Ball,” said FARA President Ron Bartek. “This support has allowed us to fund important research that is directly advancing drug discoveries from the laboratory to individuals with Friedreich's ataxia, who currently have no treatments for their disease.

"Every day counts for individuals with Friedreich's ataxia and the generosity of the Outback Pro-Am and greater Tampa Community allows us to bring novel treatments forward faster," concluded Bartek.

The Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) advances research for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) and is dedicated to curing FA. Founded in 1998 by FA parents and patients, FARA is a nonprofit, 501c3, whose mission is directing and funding research through a remarkable level of collaboration among the patient, medical and scientific communities.

FA is an aggressive neurodegenerative disease that debilitates people of all ages, robbing them of their ability to walk, see, speak and hear and cutting short their life expectancies. Currently, there is no cure or treatment for FA. However, FARA funded research is bringing promising treatments forward fueling confidence in the ability to slow, stop and reverse this disease for patients living with FA today.

The 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am will take place on April 11-17 at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, FL. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the tournament office at (813) 265-4653 or visiting www.outbackproam.com.


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