ORLANDO, Fla. — This year, the Arnold Palmer Invitational has an exciting new addition. In partnership with the Invitational, Dr. Phillips Charities has established the Eagles for Arnie Challenge. For every eagle made during the Invitational, Dr. Phillips Charities will donate $5,000 to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. During the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational, golfers made 28 eagles throughout the tournament. Over the last three years, an average of 29 eagles has been made during the tournament, creating an opportunity for Dr. Phillips Charities to make a very generous donation to the hospital.
"The Arnold Palmer Invitational is played every year in the community that bears the Dr. Phillips name. With the recent relocation of our headquarters to the neighborhood, Dr. Phillips Charities wanted to find a unique way to support both the tournament and our good friends at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Establishing the Eagles for Arnie Challenge allows us to team up with the Invitational and enhance our partnership with the Hospital. The impact the Invitational and the Hospital have on the Central Florida community is tremendous and we are honored to establish the Dr. Phillips Charities eagle program in support of one of the nation's leading medical centers focused on care for children, women and babies," said Jim Hinson, Board Chair, Dr. Phillips Charities.
"Dr. Phillips Charities has been a long-time partner to Arnold Palmer Hospital and we're very excited to have them involved with the golf tournament this year," said John Bozard, president of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. "Their contribution to the hospital will go a long way in extending Arnold Palmer's legacy of helping children and families in this community."
For 26 years, the partnership between the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has allowed the hospital to realize growth and garner support from the Central Florida community in ways that have far exceeded expectations. The 35th annual Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard, Orlando's signature event, will be held at Bay Hill March 18-24, 2013. Tickets are available at Central Florida Publix stores, online at arnoldpalmerinvitational.com or at the ticket office at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
About Dr. Phillips Charities
The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities (Dr. Phillips Inc. and The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation) honors the legacy of the Phillips family and its support of organizations that live up to the motto "to help others help themselves." With over $150 million in grants, pledges and program-related investments made to local nonprofits in the past ten years, Dr. Phillips Charities continues to respond to the needs of the Central Florida community by directly touching the lives of thousands of children and families each year.
About the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard
The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard will hold its 35th annual tournament March 18-24, 2013. The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard is one of Central Florida's signature events, a premier sporting event and a highlight of the PGA TOUR, attracting some of the greatest talent in golf. The entire event is overseen and directed by one of the game's all-time greats — Arnold Palmer. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Arnold Palmer Medical Center, including Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
About Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, emergency and trauma care, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. Visit www.arnoldpalmerhospital.com to learn more about all of our specialties.