Fundraiser to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure; $6.3 Million Raised to Date
Movie and television personalities, professional athletes and other celebrities are teaming up with American Airlines this weekend to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure at the 13th Annual American Airlines Celebrity Golf and Tennis Weekend, Oct. 4-7 at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara and the Del Mar Country Club in Carlsbad, Calif.
American Airlines is the title sponsor of the four-day event. Presenting sponsors are Citi and MasterCard Worldwide.
The weekend will include various competitive and non-competitive activities at Aviara Golf Club, Delmar Country Club, and the Aviara Tennis Center. Held every October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the event's proceeds support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The largest private funder of research in the U.S. solely dedicated to breast cancer, Komen's promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.
Among the celebrities scheduled to participate in this year's American Airlines Celebrity Golf and Tennis Weekend are actors and TV personalities Carlos Bernard, Kimberlin Brown, Chris Harrison, Chris Judd, Jason Priestley, Wendie Malick and Rene Syler; baseball legends Rollie Fingers, Fred Lynn, Jim Lonborg, Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer; tennis stars Rod Laver and Vijay Amritraj; hockey greats Rod Gilbert, Stan Mikita and Phil Esposito; football standouts Matt Bahr, Tom Mack and Gale Sayers; basketball legends Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, John Havlicek and Sam Jones; ladies' professional golfers Jane Blalock and Sally Little; and many others.
"We are once again extremely proud to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure as its work continues to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors," said David Cush, Senior Vice President - Global Sales at American Airlines. "Through the generosity of our sponsors, plus employee and corporate support of events such as this and the Komen Race for the Cure Series, American Airlines continues its pledge to support Komen in its quest for a world without breast cancer. In the past 25 years, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer. Because of its efforts we have seen more early detection, more hope, more research, and most importantly -- more survivors."
"We are always honored to be a part of the American Airlines Celebrity Golf and Tennis Weekend," said Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Over the 25 years since our founding, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise of ending breast cancer forever, and we have pledged to double that investment over the next decade. The funds and support raised by American Airlines at this event are essential to reaching our goal of a world without breast cancer."
The American Airlines Celebrity Golf and Tennis Weekend has contributed $6.3 million to the Komen Foundation over the past 12 years through sponsorships and fees paid by participants, as well as through the bidding for specialty items that are annually donated for auction.
For more information about the American Airlines Celebrity Golf and Tennis Weekend, go to http://www.aaevents.com/celebritygolf.html.
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