The Legends Tour and the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing have named the official charity partners for this year’s tournament, set for June 6-8.
The American Diabetes Association’s Camp Sealth and The Burned Children Recovery Foundation will serve as the event’s charities during the event, to be held at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s White Horse Golf Club in Kingston, Wash.
“The Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup is proud to support two charity partners through event ticket proceeds and fundraising efforts during tournament week,” said Irene Carper, COO of Port Madison Enterprises, operators of the Clearwater Casino Resort and the event’s title sponsor.
“We have chosen these charities because they focus on the well-being and healthy development of precious young individuals,” added Carper. “PME and the Suquamish Tribe place a strong emphasis on supporting deserving organizations and it is important to us to help them continue their good work.”
The non-profit Burned Children Recovery Foundation (BCRF) was founded in 1989 with the purpose of helping burned children and their families effectively manage the emotional, social and psychological effects from burns. BCRF has assisted more than 127,500 burned children and their families throughout the nation.
“The Burned Children Recovery Foundation is grateful to be collaborating with Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort and The Legends Tour in their fundraising efforts to help our deserving children,” said Michael Mathis, founder and president of the Burned Children Recovery Foundation. “Together we can help our children to accept what has happened and move forward to the full, productive lives we are all entitled to.”
Camp Sealth has provided summer camp experience for more than 1,300 Washington youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years. The program offers numerous outdoor activities for youngsters in a medically safe environment and encourages friendships with others and greater self-confidence among camp participants.
“The American Diabetes Association is honored to have the support of the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort and The Legends Tour to help raise crucial funds and awareness for Camp Sealth, a week-long summer camp for kids ages 7-16 living with type 1 diabetes in Washington,” said Terry Pollard, Executive Director of the Washington and Alaska territories for the American Diabetes Association.
“Camp empowers children with diabetes and their caregivers with the tools and support they need to gain the confidence, knowledge, and independence to live a safe and healthy life,” Pollard added. “Last year, the ADA hosted 57 campers on Vashon Island. With the support from the Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup presented by Boeing, we look forward to reaching even more families impacted by diabetes with the life-changing experience of Camp Sealth.”
The tournament will open competition with its official pro-am on Thursday, June 6, followed by the 36-hole professional competition on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8. Players will compete for a $200,000 purse.
The event will feature a field of 36 Legends, including defending champion Trish Johnson of Great Britain and 31-time LPGA Tour champion Juli Inkster. Four top area amateurs also have been given exemptions to play alongside the Legends.
Washington has hosted the LPGA Tour and women’s professional golf for nearly four decades. From 1982-1999, the Evergreen State hosted the Safeco Classic at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Wash.
For more details, visit www.TheLegendstour.com. Suquamish Clearwater Legends Cup tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.ClearwaterLegendsCup.com or at the gate on tournament days.
About the American Diabetes Association
Approximately every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. Nearly half of the American adult population has diabetes or prediabetes, and more than 30 million adults and children are living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization on a mission to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. For nearly 80 years, the ADA has driven discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. Magnifying the urgency of this epidemic, the ADA works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with the illness, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them by initiating programs, advocacy and education efforts that can lead to improved health outcomes and quality of life. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit us at diabetes.org. Information is available in English and Spanish. Join the conversation with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).
About The Burned Children Recovery Foundation
The Burned Children Recovery Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 1989. Michael T. Mathis, Founder and President of BCRF, was burned over 64% of his body at age 11 in 1967. Since the BCRF’s inception, Mathis has built a dedicated staff led by Executive Director Kathleen Boutiette-Mathis, committed to helping burned children and their families effectively manage the emotional, social and psychological effects from burns. Over 280,000 children are burned in the United States annually. Many burned children, because of the negative response to their burn scars, are hiding and not living life. The BCRF provides hope and new beginnings for burned children through counseling, support, special events, family-centric activities and ongoing recovery programs. The BCRF has over 780 volunteers who play an important role in fulfilling the foundation's mission, helping children and their families transition from victims to survivors. To date, the BCRF has also distributed over 127,500 recovery packets to burned children and their families. For additional information on the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, please visit www.burnedchildrenrecovery.org.
About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.