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Memorial Children's Hospital Selected As Beneficiary For The Four Winds Invitational

March 28th, 2012

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. – March 28, 2012 – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, owners of Four Winds Casinos, the premier gaming destinations in the Midwest, and the LPGA, the world’s leading women’s professional golf organization, announced today that proceeds from the Four Winds Invitational will go to Memorial Children’s Hospital. Four Winds Casinos is the title sponsor for the Four Winds Invitational, which is a new tournament on the 2012 Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA. The exact size of the charitable contribution will be disclosed following the completion of the Four Winds Invitational in mid-August, but is expected to be at least $50,000 and perhaps as much as $75,000 for Memorial Children’s.

“Memorial Children’s Hospital has been providing top-quality pediatric health care services to those most in need in the South Bend and surrounding communities for many years,” said Matt Harkness, General Manager of Four Winds Casinos. “We couldn’t have found a more deserving beneficiary to receive proceeds from the inaugural Four Winds Invitational.”

Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, added, “Memorial Children’s Hospital has such a positive impact on so many people in the region, including Pokagon Citizens living in Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. We are honored to give back to this tremendous organization.”

“We want to thank the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos along with the LPGA for their generosity in donating the proceeds from the Four Winds Invitational to Memorial Children’s Hospital,” said Jeff Dougherty, Director of Major Gifts, for the Memorial Health Foundation. “These funds will go a long way in providing the necessary support to help expand pediatric services, facilities and equipment so that local children will continue to receive the highest level of care and service they deserve.”

The Four Winds Invitational will be held from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12, at the Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind. The tournament will feature a field of professional women golfers from around the world competing for a total prize of $150,000, making it the largest purse on the 2012 Symetra Tour. It will be held at Blackthorn Golf Club, located at 6100 Nimtz Parkway, South Bend, Ind. More information on the Four Winds Invitational is available at:

Memorial Children’s Hospital is the region’s only designated children’s hospital and treats over 4,000 children annually with a wide variety of medical and surgical diagnoses from more than 20 referral hospitals throughout Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. Memorial is not only recognized nationally as a leader in providing high-quality care, but also as a leader in innovation, offering new approaches to patient satisfaction and customer service that set it apart. More information is available at:

About Four Winds New Buffalo and Four Winds Hartford
Four Winds New Buffalo, located at 11111 Wilson Road in New Buffalo, Mich., and Four Winds Hartford, located at 68600 Red Arrow Highway in Hartford, Mich., are owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Four Winds New Buffalo offers 135,000 square feet of gaming with approximately 3,000 slot machines, a large selection of table games including poker, four restaurants, entertainment bars and retail venues, and a 165-room hotel, making it the premier gaming resort in the Midwest. Four Winds Hartford features 500 slot machines, nine table games, a 100-seat restaurant and a 15-seat bar. Please play responsibly. You must be 21 years of age to gamble. For more information on Four Winds New Buffalo or Four Winds Hartford, please call 1-(866)-4WINDS1 (866-494-6371) or visit Additionally, be sure to like Four Winds Casino on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at for information on the latest offers and promotions.

About the Symetra Tour
The Symetra Tour, the official developmental tour of the LPGA, enters its 32nd competitive season in 2012. With the support of its new umbrella sponsor, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. The top 10 money winners each season earn memberships on the LPGA Tour for the following season. With more than 500 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 362 LPGA titles, including 39 major championships. Symetra Tour events have contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at,,, and

About the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 1,700 members representing 29 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Florida. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via:,,, and

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Media Contacts:

David Gutierrez, for Four Winds, (312)780-7204,
Joshua Taustein, for Four Winds, (312)780-7219,
Maggie Scroope, for Memorial Children’s Hospital, (574)647-3234,

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