PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Morgan Pressel has a special place in her heart for Japan. Pressel, who has raised nearly $2 million through her foundation to provide funding for breast cancer awareness, detection and treatment, recently extended her charitable arm to the ongoing relief efforts in Japan.
Pressel donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the ongoing relief efforts following the devastating tsunami and earthquakes that hit Japan in March. As defending champion in the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup in Tsukubamirai, Japan, in May, Pressel pledged 50% of her earnings to the American Red Cross.
Pressel finished sixth in the annual tournament that is the first major of the season on the Japan LPGA Tour to win $50,000.
“I really just wanted to play for the people of Japan,’ Pressel said. “So the fact that I could go over there and make a difference in their lives was important. “I'm fortunate enough to play golf for a living and live in the United States. Donating a little bit of money to help their greater causes gave me a lot of incentive going over there to try to play well.”
The Red Cross continues to play a primary role in the relief and recovery operation following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked Sendai, Japan, and generated a powerful tsunami causing widespread destruction to northern Japan and coastal nuclear power plants. In the three months since the earthquake and tsunami, the American Red Cross has provided more than $200 million in support of the response, with the bulk of these funds going to support Japanese Red Cross relief and recovery efforts.