September 12, 2005
Jimmy Fund Golf Raises $5.4 Million for Cancer Research
Three Hundred Golfers Play in 23rd Annual Jimmy Fund Classic to Celebrate a Record-Setting Charity Golf Season
BOLTON, Mass. — Jimmy Fund Golf, the oldest grassroots golf effort for charity in the nation, this season raised $5.4 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.
The total was announced tonight at the International Golf Club in Bolton, Mass., before 300 golfers who had been chipping, driving, and putting on two courses over two days in the Jimmy Fund Classic, a celebration of the record-setting fundraising year for Jimmy Fund Golf.
Jimmy Fund Classic participants were the organizers of the most successful 50 of the 150 tournaments that make up Jimmy Fund Golf. Over the past 23 years, the charity golf organization has raised $47.4 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.
"We had a remarkable season," said Jimmy Fund Golf Director Nancy Rowe. "Together, the 25,000 golfers, volunteers, and sponsors who make up Jimmy Fund Golf, are funding life-saving treatments for cancer patients around the world." The total raised was $400,000 more than last year, which Rowe attributes to the growing number of new golf tournaments started this year for Jimmy Fund Golf and the fundraising success of established tournaments.
Jimmy Fund Golf's history is unique. The program was founded by volunteers who took it upon themselves to turn the game of golf into a fundraising tool for cancer research. Each tournament organizer had his or her own personal reason for wanting to give back to the Jimmy Fund and started creating charity golf tournaments one by one.
Today, Jimmy Fund Golf tournaments are held in 11 states along the East Coast and as far west as Washington state. Each Jimmy Fund Golf tournament has the mark of those who create it, run it, and play in it. Many of the tournaments offer golf enthusiasts the unique opportunity of playing at exclusive and private clubs. Others are corporate events that are closed to the public. There are tournaments held in memory of loved ones lost to cancer, or in honor of those who have survived. From $1,000 to more than $1 million, each Jimmy Fund Golf tournament has a different fundraising capacity, but each has the same mission, to raise money for cancer research. Jimmy Fund Golf sponsors include Top Flight, Dunkin' Donuts, American Airlines, and Community Newspapers. For more information about Jimmy Fund Golf, visit www.jimmyfund.org/golf.