Golfers Raise More Than $8,000 for Cancer Foundation
Thursday, August 24, 2006SEATTLE, Wash. (Aug. 15, 2006) – Members of the Seattle Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and their guests raised more than $8,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at this year’s Rally For A Cure® golf tournament. The proceeds are earmarked for the foundation’s Puget Sound Affiliate.
Nearly 90 golfers – many attired in symbolic pink shirts -- took part in this year’s Rally, held June 10 at McCormick Woods Golf Course in Port Orchard. This was the fourth year the Seattle Chapter has hosted a fund-raising tournament for the Komen Foundation.
Founded in 1996, the Rally For A Cure® presented by Golf For Women magazine program has raised awareness of breast cancer and taken the life-saving message of early detection to hundreds of thousands of active women. In 2005, the program registered more than 3,200 clubs and gained participation of more than 170,000 golfers for this grassroots awareness and early detection campaign. The Komen Foundation received more than $5 million from the Rally program in 2005 and more than $20 million since the program’s inception.
“We have members who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, members who are survivors and we’ve lost members to this dreadful disease so we are passionate about supporting the Komen Foundation,” said Mary Allan, president of EWGA’s Seattle Chapter.
The Rally For A Cure® is one of three charities supported by the Seattle Chapter of EWGA, which has around 340 members. Through raffles, special events and other activities, the women also make annual donations to Washington Women in Need and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.
Through tournaments and other fundraising activities, the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) and its 120 chapters throughout the United States and Canada contribute more than $500,000 annually to a wide range of charitable causes. A first time tally of EWGA chapter fundraising and individual donations through the EWGA Foundation revealed that in 2005 the association’s nationwide charitable contributions topped the half-million dollar mark
EWGA chapters provide a wide range of golf, social and networking activities for both new and experienced golfers. A welcoming environment, golf education and player development, and organized play programs are part of the many benefits of EWGA membership.
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2006, the EWGA is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For more information about the association and membership, visit www.ewga.com or www.ewgaseattle.org.
About the Komen Foundation
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. It is a national organization with a network of volunteers working through local affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure® events fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.
The Puget Sound Affiliate was established in 1993 in Seattle, Washington. Since its incorporation, the Puget Sound Affiliate has awarded over $12 million in grants to non-profit organizations providing education, screening, and treatment for medically underserved residents in Western Washington, and to fund cutting edge national research in the quest to find a cure for breast cancer.
The Puget Sound Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has a service area that covers 16 counties in Western Washington.