Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Reaches $4 Million Mark in Total Charitable Contributions Since 2004

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (With Contributions Going to the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative at the University of South Florida) Receive Donation Checks

Today the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am announced that the 2011 tournament raised $261,500 Tampa Bay charities. This brings the total contributions in the eight years with Outback Steakhouse as title sponsor to more than $4 million. Over $9 million has been raised since the tournament started 24 years ago.

"Our goal has been to carry out an exceptional event that would continue to generate much needed contributions for local charities in our community," said Amy Hawk, tournament director of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am. "Reaching the $4 million mark is a testimony of success for our tournament and the support of our key sponsors and fans that continue to stand behind Tampa Bay's marquee Champions Tour event."

The 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am benefitting charities, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (with contributions going to the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) at the University of South Florida), were presented with their checks this week. With 21 clinical sites in the United States and Europe, PPMI is a landmark clinical study that aims to identify the biomarkers of Parkinson's disease - critical study to developing disease-modifying treatments.

"This generous gift will provide a college education for many deserving young men and women for years to come," said John T. Carney, Jr., SOWF President/CEO. "One of the sad realities is that many of the children in our program are at a very young age, often toddlers, and we have a commitment to provide a college education for every child of a fallen special operations warrior.  With more than 600 children in our program who have yet to reach college age, this gift helps us assure those widows or widowers that the foundation will be around when that young girl or boy reaches college age."

"It's thanks to partners such as the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am that our Foundation has been able to direct more than $260 million to Parkinson's research since 2000, pushing promising therapeutic breakthroughs toward pharmacy shelves and patients' hands," said Deborah W. Brooks, Co-Founder and Executive Vice Chairman of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF). "And, thanks to the $50-million Brin Wojcicki Challenge, which matches all new and increased gifts to MJFF through 2012, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am's contribution will have twice the impact in our efforts to speed a cure for Parkinson's. On behalf of the five million patients worldwide, we are grateful for Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am's support."

In addition to the funds raised from the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am golf tournament, the Biddinger Family Foundation and JCI Jones Chemicals, Inc. each made significant donations in conjunction with the event.  

About the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am & Tournament Format

The Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am won the 2010 Tournament Business Affairs Award. The Champions Tour Tournament Business Affairs department rates and grades several different categories that determine what makes a successful event, and the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, played for the 19th consecutive year at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida, earned the highest overall score.

In its first eight years, the Tampa Bay Pro-Am Foundation, Inc. has raised over $4 million through corporate sponsorships and other charitable donations.  Since its inception 24 years ago, this tournament has contributed over $9 million to Tampa Bay area charities. The 2011 recipients are the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (with contributions going to the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative at University of South Florida).

The Tampa Bay Pro-Am Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization founded in October of 2003.

John Cook was crowned the 2011 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am champion after a suspenseful playoff.

About the Champions Tour

Collectively, the Champions Tour has the most recognizable and accomplished players in the game with many of its 29 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame competing regularly in its events and numerous other major championship winners among its members. The Champions Tour is a membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. Points earned in official Charles Schwab Cup events in 2011 will determine the Charles Schwab Cup champion, the season-long competition designed to recognize the Champions Tour's leading player. The Champions Tour's primary purpose is to provide financial opportunities for its players, entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create

outlets for volunteers to give back, protect the integrity of the game and generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays. In 2010, tournaments on all three Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour) generated $120 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR's all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.6 billion. The Commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Mike Stevens is President of the Champions Tour. The PGA TOUR's website is www.pgatour.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

 

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