Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship announces record-setting charitable donation

check presentation, Memorial Tournament Staff, NW Execs, Dr. Allen, Jim Digan

2015 check presentation to Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Champions of the Community Board members pictured left to right: Terrance Williams (Nationwide), Steve Allen, MD (Nationwide Children’s Hospital), Alex Fischer (Columbus Partnership)






Columbus, Ohio – Tournament officials announced today that the ninth annual Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, held September 21-27, 2015 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course, raised a total of $1,400,212 for charitable organizations, including $1,253,322 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The total marks the largest single-season charitable donation raised by the tournament for the hospital in the nine-year history of the Tour Finals event. Since its inception in 2007 the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship has donated a total of over $5,728,322 in support of the hospital’s pediatric cancer program.


“This is the second straight year we’ve been able to eclipse the million-dollar mark on our single-season giving total to Nationwide Children’s Hospital through this tournament,” said Terrance Williams, Chairman of the Board of the tournament’s host organization, Champions of the Community. “Providing support for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Nationwide Children’s is a primary focus of the tournament. It’s our great pleasure to be in a position to help advance this critical mission. This record-setting donation is made possible by the generosity of our corporate sponsors, whose support is critical to our success. We also thank our loyal volunteers, central Ohio golf fans who continue to support the tournament each year and the members and staff at The Ohio State University Golf Club for their vital role as our host site. We look forward to future opportunities to build on our successes and continue to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital.”


“On behalf of the patients, families and staff, we are grateful to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and Tour for their generosity,” Steve Allen, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said. “Another record-high donation in 2015 exemplifies the tournament and community’s support for our pediatric cancer program during the past nine years and this ongoing commitment plays a significant role in helping to raise vital awareness of our mission to help children everywhere.”


On September 23, 2015 a three-year extension of the agreement between the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and the PGA TOUR was announced that insures the tournament will continue as a Tour Finals event through 2018. Additionally, a three-year agreement with The Ohio State University Golf Club was announced, confirming the Scarlet Course will continue to host the tournament. An option for an additional three years was included within both agreements.


The 2016 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship will be held September 19 – 25 at The Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course and once again be the third of four stops in the Tour Finals.


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The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship is owned and operated by Champions of the Community, Inc., an Ohio non-profit corporation. The event is one of four Tour Finals tournaments that will determine the 50 players who earn PGA TOUR playing privileges for the 2014-2015 season and their eligibility position under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system. Featuring a purse of $1,000,000 the tournament is conducted to showcase the best golf on the Tour on one of the most challenging venues in the world, The Ohio State University – Scarlet Course, for the enjoyment of spectators and to benefit charitable organizations in central Ohio. For more information, call 614-764-GOLF or visit our website at


Ranked 9th of only 12 children’s hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a medical staff of 1,100 and nearly 10,000 employees providing state-of-the-art pediatric care for one million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at



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