Duff and Phelps partners with Cristie Kerr to form Mentorship program

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LPGA Tour professionals Cristie Kerr, Kathleen Ekey, Victoria Elizabeth, and Taylore Karle will be playing at the one-of-a-kind Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, NJ on Monday, July 22. Events for the day begin at 9:30 am.

Media are invited to attend the event, which will provide one-on-one access with the Tour professionals, who are part of the “Team Duff & Phelps” mentorship program, the first program of its kind.

Duff & Phelps Corporation, a leading independent financial advisory and investment banking firm,  formed a partnership with Cristie Kerr to mentor a group of LPGA rookies and raise money for Kerr’s Birdies for Breast Cancer charity.  As part of the partnership, Duff & Phelps will extend its ongoing sponsorship of Kerr to include rookie LPGA golfers Ekey, Elizabeth and Karle. In addition to bringing the four golfers together to establish “Team Duff & Phelps,” the company will make a donation to Birdies for Breast Cancer for every birdie recorded by the team during 2013 tournament play.

The mentorship aspect of the program marks the first time that an established LPGA golfer and a corporate sponsor will provide formal guidance on and off the course to junior LPGA colleagues. Ekey, Elizabeth and Karle will benefit from career guidance, professional advice and collaboration on charitable endeavors such as the Birdies for Breast Cancer program throughout the course of the partnership. This announcement follows Duff & Phelps’ recent launch of its internal Network of Women (NOW), which aims to attract, develop and promote women at the firm while also supporting broader causes of interest to women. NOW offers special resources in areas such as, recruitment, training, marketing, business development, networking and communications.

Birdies for Breast Cancer has raised money for other foundations and research institutions, such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, its greatest beneficiary is the Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. Part of LibertyHealth's Jersey City Medical Center, the Kerr Center has provided breast cancer diagnosis and treatment since 2010. Nearly half of the Kerr Center’s patients are on charity care or Medicaid. For more information, visit HTTP://WWW.CRISTIEKERRGOLF.COM/BIRDIES-FOR-BREAST-CANCER/.

Kerr has accumulated 16 wins on the LPGA Tour and was the top-ranked golfer in the Women's Rolex World Rankings in 2010. In addition, Kerr has enjoyed a career featuring 140 top-ten finishes, 2 Major victories, 7 Solheim Cup selections and over $14.8 million in career earnings; the top earning American and 3rd all-time on the career money list.

Duff & Phelps has sponsored Kerr since January 2011.  This year she will wear the Duff & Phelps logo on the front of her hat during competition and participate in client events produced by Duff & Phelps. 

Blake Sports Group and the Madison Green Agency were key partners in creating this program with Duff & Phelps.

For more information please contact Jeff Holbrook at the Blake Sports Group at 480-335-8211, or JHolbrook@Blakesportsgroup.com

Topics: Press Release, Kerr, Cristie

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