Statement as issued Friday:
Fort Wayne, IN (July 13, 2012) – A first-ever host, a new format and a field full of the LPGA’s most accomplished and promising young players all contributed to the 2012 Mad Anthonys Charity Classic raising $140,000 for the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, the highest total for the event in more than a decade. Mad Anthonys officials presented the Children’s Hope House with a check for the record amount Wednesday evening.
“We are so excited to see the excitement from this year’s new format and expanded field have such a positive impact on the money we are able to raise for the Children’s Hope House,” Eric Ottinger, president of the Mad Anthonys, said. “And the opportunities to support Children’s Hope House don’t end here. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Bruce Dye, who has pledged up to $350,000 in matching funds for a much-needed expansion of the facility, we want to continue to bring in every penny we can up until the match ends on August 18.”
The new format for the Charity Classic this year brought to Fort Wayne 12 of the LPGA’s best players, and the event also featured its first-ever host, Fort Wayne native and LPGA pro Amanda Blumenherst. The two-day event saw the 12 pros compete for a $300,000 purse at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
“What an incredible honor it was to serve as the host of this year’s Charity Classic, and I am so grateful to be able to help raise this money for the Children’s Hope House,” Blumenherst said. “As a Fort Wayne native, it is so encouraging to see that, year after year, the Mad Anthonys membership and all of our region steps up to support this event, including our title sponsor, Heritage Food Service.”
“This amount raised through the Charity Classic is such a testament to the support our region has in our organization and provides us with key operational support,” Cindy Atkinson, executive director of Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, added. “On behalf of all the families we serve, we are so incredibly thankful to Amanda, her fellow LPGA pros, the Mad Anthonys and the people of northeast Indiana for their continued support.”
About the Mad Anthonys Charity Classic
The annual Mad Anthonys Charity Classic has been a Fort Wayne tradition since its founding in 1957. In 2007, the Mad Anthonys began a partnership with Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, dedicating 90 percent of its fundraising efforts to the organization.
About the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House
The Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House provides nearby lodging and support services for the families of children undergoing pediatric and neonatal treatment. Because Fort Wayne has become a health care hub for all of northern Indiana, southern Michigan and western Ohio, this function is critical to the families of children with severe illnesses and conditions.
About the Mad Anthonys
The Mad Anthonys is a charitable organization founded in 1957 and comprised of business leaders and professionals from northeast Indiana. The Mad Anthonys Charity Classic golf event is one of the country’s premier charity golf events, raising millions of dollars for charitable organizations in Fort Wayne.