PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge – Help Raise Funds for Charity

Northern Trust Open 2016 Logo
Northern Trust Open 2016 Logo

PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge Invites Northern Trust Open Fans to Help Raise Funds for Charity
Charitable Giving Program Extends Shared PGA TOUR and Astellas Commitment to Supporting Local Communities

LOS ANGELES, CA – The PGA TOUR’s Northern Trust Open has raised more than $60 million for local charities since its inception in 1926. Now, fans can contribute to the charitable giving at the Northern Trust Open by participating in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron). This “vote-for-me” competition is designed to raise funds for charity while recognizing the talent, passion and commitment of the TOUR’s more than 100,000 tournament volunteers nationwide, including 1,200 from the Los Angeles area, who have helped the TOUR achieve more than $2.14 billion in charitable giving.
The Northern Trust Open is set to return to The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Feb. 15-
21, 2016. From now until 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Saturday of tournament week (Feb. 20), fans are encouraged to visit and vote for their favorite Northern Trust Open volunteer. At the end of the first voting period (Saturday, Feb. 13), the volunteer with the most votes will have the opportunity to walk with a group during the Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase, which is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15. At the end of the Feb. 20 voting period, the volunteer with the most votes will have the opportunity to present a check for $10,000 in his or her name to the City of Hope, the official charity of the Northern Trust Open. The presentation will be featured on the video boards during closing ceremonies on No. 18. In addition, top-ranking tournaments have the ability to earn additional charitable funding based on the total number of votes earned collectively by volunteers and the tournament.
“The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is a fun way to raise funds for charity and honor the contributions
of the hundreds of TOUR volunteers who donate their time helping to orchestrate the Northern Trust Open each year,” said Northern Trust Open Executive Director O.D. Vincent. “We encourage our volunteers to participate in this worthwhile program and ask their friends, family members and co-workers to visit the website and vote.” Among those participating in the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is Doug Shaw, a Panorama City, Calif., resident who has volunteered with the tournament for 25 years and is chairperson of the warehouse committee. “I volunteer because it’s a meaningful way to experience the tournament, I’ve made lasting friendships over the years and I get an up-close and personal look at professional golf. If I win the Volunteer Challenge, it will be extremely rewarding to help make a difference for people served through City of Hope,” said Shaw.
The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge will continue at 16 tournaments during the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season and build upon nearly $250,000 provided by sponsor Astellas for tournament charities in conjunction with the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge last season.
“Astellas is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR as both organizations share a deep commitment to the
power of volunteerism,” said Walt Johnston, vice president, Marketing, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. “We are honored to be part of the PGA TOUR’s philanthropic legacy by collaborating on this unique opportunity to give back to the communities where we work and live.”

The Northern Trust Open features 144 of the world’s best professional golfers competing for 500
FedExCup points and a purse of $6.7million. To learn more about the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge and to register to participate as a volunteer or supporter, visit
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About the Northern Trust Open
What started as the Los Angeles Open in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club, the Northern Trust Open is
now one of the longest-running tournaments on the PGA TOUR, being played for the 90th time this year. It was staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at Riviera Country Club in 1973. Outside of the major championships, the Northern Trust Open is the fourth-oldest event on TOUR, trailing only the BMW Championship, the RBC Canadian Open and the Valero Texas Open. City of Hope was named the official charity of the Northern Trust Open beginning with the 2013 event. In 2015, the Northern Trust Open generated over $2 million to benefit City of Hope, the event’s official charity partner, and other non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. The total generated for Los Angeles charities since the event’s inception in 1926 is now more than $60 million.
Fans are reminded that each year, youths 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Northern
Trust Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult. There is no limit to the number of youths 18 and younger who can attend with a ticketed adult. Also, as part of its support for the Birdies for the Brave military outreach initiative, complimentary grounds admission tickets for active duty, Reserve, military retirees, non-retired veterans and dependents to the Northern Trust Open are available from Wednesday through Sunday of tournament week.
About Northern Trust
Northern Trust Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRS) is a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, affluent families and individuals. As of September 30, 2015, Northern Trust had assets under custody of US$6 trillion, and assets under management of US$887 billion. For more than 125 years, Northern Trust has earned distinction as an industry leader for exceptional service, financial expertise, integrity and innovation. Visit or follow us on Twitter @NorthernTrust.
Northern Trust Corporation, Head Office: 50 South La Salle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603 U.S.A.,
incorporated with limited liability in the U.S. Global legal and regulatory information can be found at
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope’s main hospital is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with clinics throughout the region. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.

About Astellas
Astellas is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world
through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at You can also follow us on Twitter at @AstellasUS, Facebook at or LinkedIn at

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