Sybase Match Play Championship Announces Tournament Beneficiary

Sybase Match Play Championship Announces Somerset Medical Center As Tournament Beneficiary

Gladstone, N.J. - Somerset Medical Center is the main charitable beneficiary of the 2010 Sybase® Match Play Championship, tournament officials at Octagon announced today. The LPGA Tour event will be held at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., from May 20 through 23. Proceeds from the tournament will help the medical center enhance the quality health care services it provides to patients throughout Central New Jersey. Other charitable beneficiaries of the tournament are The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, The First Tee of Raritan Valley and six area chapters of Total Golf Adventures.

"Sybase is proud to be part of LPGA's philanthropic endeavors, which have generated approximately $200 million in charitable donations since 1981," said John Chen, chairman, CEO and president of Sybase. "We are pleased to support the needs of local charity through this golf event." 

Somerset Medical Center is a 355-bed acute care hospital located in Somerville. The medical center will provide emergency medical services at Hamilton Farm Golf Club during the tournament and LPGA players will visit the hospital's Steeplechase Cancer Center on Tuesday, May 18.

LPGA players will tour the cancer center, a $28 million outpatient facility housing state-of-the-art radiation oncology services, the sanofi-aventis U.S. Breast Care Program, infusion therapy, clinical trials, and the sanofi-aventis U.S. Wellness Boutique. Players will also have the opportunity to visit with breast cancer survivors and participate in the creation of special flags to be displayed at the hospital's Day of Hope event celebrating cancer survivors on June 24. In addition, the medical center's 2,200 employees will be given free admission to the tournament by showing their hospital IDs at the gate.

"We are grateful to Sybase Match Play Championship officials for designating us as the beneficiary of their tournament and look forward to partnering with the LPGA players to help promote breast cancer awareness," said Paul Huegel, president of Somerset Medical Center Foundation.

Additionally, Val Skinner, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour and golf analyst for the Golf Channel and CBS Sports, will speak at the "Is Cancer In My Genes?" program on Wednesday, May 19 at the Steeplechase Cancer Center. Skinner will share her story about her passion to create awareness of breast cancer among young women. Skinner is the founder of LIFE (LPGA pros In the Fight to Eradicate breast cancer) and helped develop the LIFE Center at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The First Tee of Metropolitan New York, The First Tee of Raritan Valley and the Morris, Rockland, Fairfield, Bergen, Monmouth and Westchester County chapters of Total Golf Adventures will receive charitable contributions as a result of their volunteer assistance with the tournament's ticket, concession and parking sales. The First Tee, an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, gives young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship through golf and character education. Total Golf Adventures is the largest national after-school junior golf program in the country.

Tournament information is available at http://www.sybasematchplaychampionship.com. For information on Somerset Medical Center, visit www.somersetmedicalcenter.com. For more information on The First Tee, visit www.thefirsttee.org. For more information on Total Golf Adventures, visit, www.golftga.com.

Topics: Press Release, Sybase Match Play Championship

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