ORLANDO, FLA (April 16, 2012) - Two more PGA Tour golfers are being added to the list of professional athletes who have made donations to Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
Golfer Brian Davis and his family continued their long-standing support of Arnold Palmer Medical Center today, donating $52,393 - one-quarter of his winnings from the 2012 Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard - to Arnold Palmer Medical Center in Orlando.
Brian finished the four rounds of March's PGA TOUR event at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge at 5- under-par, in a tie for 4th place, and collected a $209,571.43 paycheck.
Today, as a thank you to Mr. Palmer for Brian's invitation to the tournament, and in support of the hospitals that bear Mr. Palmer's name, Brian delivered one-quarter of that money back to Mr. Palmer, to be used to benefit Arnold Palmer Medical Center. One-half of the funds will be directed the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies; the other half will support the Hewell Kids' Kidney Center at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.
"Arnold Palmer Medical Center has been so critical to our family, and has literally saved the lives of my children," said Brian, whose three children - Oliver, Henry, and Madeleine -have each needed medical service provided by Arnold Palmer Medical Center. "Giving back is a no-brainer for us. Mr. Palmer's generosity made those hospitals possible, and it's up to us a members of the community, and especially as professional golfers, to help support Mr. Palmer's legacy of caring and philanthropy."
Davis is not alone in his support of the work done at Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
Hunter Mahan, one of Davis' colleagues on the PGA Tour and currently ranked fifth on the Official World Golf Ranking, designated a $30,000 gift to the NICU in the name of Kieran Foley.
Kieran is the son of Mahan's coach, Sean Foley, and he was born in the summer of 2011 with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, an abnormal opening that can allow abdominal organs to move into the chest cavity. The condition forced the newborn and his family to spend several tense days in the NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital, and then four days into life, Kieran underwent surgery. Doctors fixed the problem in 22 minutes, and he mended for a few more days in the NICU.
Since that time, the Foleys have been grateful supporters of the life-changing work of the medical team at Winnie Palmer Hospital.
Mahan responded by directing The Presidents Cup 2011 charitable donation to the hospital. The contribution is a portion of the charitable proceeds generated from The Presidents Cup 2011 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, in which Mahan participated as a member of the victorious U.S. Team for the third time in his career.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not personally paid for their participation; instead, each competitor, captain, and captain's assistant allocates their portion of the proceeds to chosen charitable causes. The NICU at Winnie Palmer Hospital was one of five organizations chosen by Mahan.
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.