Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Message from Arnold Palmer

One of the (many) charitable efforts in which Arnold Palmer is involved is prostate-cancer research. Palmer is the honorary chairman of an organization called Arnie's Army Battles Prostate Cancer, which raises money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

We recently received an email from Arnie's Army that included a request to pass along to our readers a message from Arnie himself. Mr. Palmer's organization is seeking local volunteers to organize one-day, closest-to-the-pin competitions at local golf clubs as a fund-raising method. Check out Arnie's message:

Fellow Golfers, Golf Pros, Survivors and Supporters,

In the time it takes to play a round of golf, 18 men will lose their lives to prostate cancer.

As the Honorary Chairman of Arnie’s Army Battles Prostate Cancer and a prostate cancer survivor, I am asking for your help.

Our program is about raising funds to find a cure. Funds raised go directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research. Since its inception, PCF has raised over $210 million dollars and funded over 1,200 research projects.

The easiest way to help is to schedule a one-day, one-hole, closest-to-the-pin contest at your golf club. My colleagues will supply the support materials and send a golf prize for the winner. Currently it's a $200 MacGregor V-foil putter!

You can also incorporate the one-hole contest into a pre-scheduled charity, group or
corporate outing.

On a grander scale, committed individuals are organizing local fundraising “golf days” complete with hole sponsorships, silent auctions, advertising and a host of other exciting and creative ways to fundraise. A small group of committed individuals at an Arizona retirement community recently raised over $40,000! My hat is off to them!

Please join our campaign and take action in the following ways:

  • Call my colleagues at Arnie’s Army today to discuss how you can help.
  • Call your golf pro or golf committee chairman and tell them you want to hold a contest. Then advise us how to follow-up.
  • Or simply refer us to the contact at your club. We’ll take it from there.

Thank you, in advance, for your assistance and helping us in any way to find a cure for this insidious disease.

Yours truly,

Arnold Palmer

P.S. Please call Arnie’s Army at 866-586-5585.

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