DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 12, 2011 - The LPGA today announced that it will expand its Board of Directors for The LPGA Foundation from nine members to 15 members, reappointing two existing board members and adding six new members. The announcement follows the addition of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup to the 2011 LPGA Tour schedule and marks LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan's commitment to develop a two-year plan to strengthen The LPGA Foundation and enhance its impact.
The inaugural RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup, designed to honor the LPGA's pioneers, showcase the world's greatest female athletes of the present and, most importantly, build a strong and robust future for women in the game of golf, will benefit The LPGA Foundation. The LPGA Foundation Board will broaden its scope and take a more active role in the development of the event.
"The LPGA Foundation has been in place for a number of years, but our intention now is to grow the Foundation so it further supports the mission of the LPGA to educate, inspire and empower women," said Carol Corcoran, LPGA Foundation President. "We are expanding the board to engage others who are passionate about the LPGA and share our desire to provide opportunities for more young girls to participate and excel in golf. The benefit for girls in the game helps them to learn about competition and to develop good health practices and self-esteem."
A 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, the LPGA Foundation oversees: the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program, which provides a platform to expose young girls to golf and help them develop life skills; the Dolores Hope Financial Assistance Initiative, which offers support to members of the golf industry experiencing extreme hardship; and five scholarship programs that provide college-bound women with tuition assistance.
The six new board members include LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Nancy Lopez, who owns 48 LPGA Tour victories and served in roles as captain for both the U.S. Solheim Cup and U.S. Junior Solheim Cup teams. Also joining the board: Donna Bailey, a retired executive from Policy Management Systems Corporation, who resides in Kiawah Island, S.C., and Asheville, N.C.; Rick Brawner, an entrepreneur of San Antonio, Texas, whose companies include Nutrition Enterprise, Inc., and Live Enterprise, Inc.; Lynn Connelly, a former 12-year LPGA Tour member and former LPGA board member who is now founding partner/managing partner of ACCESSCIRCLES, LLC in Greenwich, Conn.; Barbara Kauffman of Orlando, Fla., a marketing strategist and golf industry analyst who is president of Kauffman and Associates, Inc.; and Donna Richardson Joyner, appointed to the Presidential Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition under President Barack Obama and an advisory board member for the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Board chairman Lewis Horne of Atlanta, and board member Jim Eden of Jackson Hole, Wyo., each will return to the board for another three-year term. Horne is a law partner with Schiff Hardin in Atlanta, and Eden is CEO of The Eden Group in Jackson Hole.
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