August 15, 2013 – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds Casinos, are pleased to announce a donation of $56,500 to Memorial Children's Hospital. The donation, which is from proceeds of the 2013 Four Winds Invitational, will be used to purchase a neonatal incubator transport unit for Memorial Children's Hospital's MedFlight helicopter program. The Pokagon Band is also pleased to announce that it will once again be the title sponsor the 2014 Four Winds Invitational, which will continue to have the largest purse on the Symetra Tour. The tournament will be held from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind.
"We are proud to continue as the title sponsor of the Four Winds Invitational and contribute to the future success of the tournament that benefits both the South Bend community and Memorial Children's Hospital," said Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. "Along with the support of several local sponsors, we are also very proud to have made a donation of $109,500 to Memorial Children's Hospital over the past two years."
"Memorial Children's Hospital serves 22 referral hospitals across Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. In 2012, a total of 769 infants and children were transported to Memorial Children's Hospital for specialized care, a 29 percent increase from 2011," said Michaeleen Conlee, Senior Director of Women's and Children's Services at Memorial Children's Hospital. "In the care of our region's smallest and most fragile infants, time and safety are the two most important priorities. This incubator will allow Memorial Children's Hospital to provide cutting-edge medical care, at every referral hospital, in half the time as ground transport. This incubator is one of the most important pieces of equipment available for the care of premature infants and will be lifesaving to many."
"We are excited that the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos will continue as the sponsor of the Four Winds Invitational. The first two years of the tournament have been a great success as it has quickly become a favorite stop by players on the Tour," said Tim Firestone, General Manager, Blackthorn Golf Club. "Several of the 144 female golfers taking part in this year's event also spent time enjoying the local community by touring the area, volunteering at Memorial Children's Hospital, and staying with host families across the area."
The 2013 Four Winds Invitational was held from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23, 2013 at the Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, Ind. The tournament featured a field of professional women golfers from around the world competing for the largest purse on the Symetra Tour – Road to the LPGA. Cydney Clanton, of Concord, N.C., won the tournament in the seventh playoff hole.
About the Four Winds Invitational
The Four Winds Invitational was established in 2012 as part of the SymetraÒ Tour — Road to the LPGA, and is sponsored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds CasinosÒ. It is held at Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, Ind. The tournament features a field of professional women golfers from around the world competing for prizes totaling $150,000, making it the largest purse on the Symetra Tour. More information is available at: www.fourwindsinvitational.com.
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