Pink On The Links
Utah's PGA Tour event, the Utah Championship, raises funds for cancer
Huntsman Cancer Foundation receives donation from
"Pink on the Links" fundraising campaign
Salt Lake City (Dec. 21, 2102) - The Utah Sports Commission, host organization of the Utah Championship, is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR/Web.com Tour, Zions Bank, KUTV2, Robert W. Baird & Co., EnergySolutions and 1280 The Zone to present Huntsman Cancer Foundation a check for $30,000 that was raised during the 2012 Utah Championship's "Pink on the Links" charitable campaign.
"The Utah Sports Commission is proud to have joined forces with the tournament, generous community partners and cancer survivor Mary Nickles to raise funds in support of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and promote cancer awareness," said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
KUTV and 2News anchor Mary Nickles, a breast cancer survivor and a strong advocate for early prevention and treatment, participated in this initiative showcasing Mary's journey through her illness, and helped raise awareness for breast cancer prevention and detection. All proceeds raised will now be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation on behalf of Mary Nickles. "I was excited to work with all these great partners to raise money and awareness to help find a cure for cancer," said Mary Nickles.
Scott Anderson, president and CEO of Zions Bank said, "We were proud to join forces with the Utah Sports Commission and other supporters of the Utah Championship to help raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. We are so fortunate to have the Huntsman Cancer Institute right here in our backyard, and the Pink on the Links campaign is an innovative way to utilize the strength of Utah's only PGA TOUR event to help further the life-changing work they do."
The effort took place over a two week period, where the community was asked to help fight cancer by donating online and/or attending the Web.com Utah Championship that was held at Willow Creek Country Club in July. The campaign culminated with Mary Nickles, the KUTV2 Morning Team and others serving a pink pancake breakfast provided by "Pink on the Links" partners Robert W. Baird & Co., EnergySolutions, Smith’s Food & Drug, Pepsi, Majestic Meats and Utah Food Services.
“We are very honored to participate in this outstanding program. Cancer touches so many families in our community and has touched all of our lives and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of a program that fights back against this disease," said Dean R. Cottle, director for Utah of Robert W. Baird & Co.
Cancer affects everyone. It is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 85 and the leading disease killer of children. Half of all men and one-third of all women will get cancer in their lifetimes. In Utah, over 10,000 people are diagnosed and nearly 3,000 people die of cancer each year.
“Like so many families that are touched by cancer, our family knows first-hand the importance of screening and early detection of cancer as a primary way to prevent and cure this dreaded disease. We salute the Utah Sports Commission, KUTV2, and all of the 'Pink on the Links' partners in this critically important endeavor,” said David Huntsman, President & CEO, Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
“EnergySolutions was proud to participate in this year’s “Pink on the Links” benefit for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation,” said David Lockwood, CEO of EnergySolutions. “This was a great opportunity for our community to come together for a great cause in the fight to cure cancer and we appreciate all who are involved.”
The PGA TOUR, its players and tournaments support more than 3,000 charities. These local and national organizations work in a range of areas which affect the lives of millions in the communities where the players live and play
For the latest information on the Utah Championship, visit www.utahchampionship.com or call 801-495-GOLF for more information.
For more information on the Huntsman Cancer Institute, visit www.huntsmancancer.org or call 1-888-424-2100 for free cancer information.