December 16, 2011

2012 Allianz Championship Offers Free General Admission And Tees Up With Exciting Interactive "Events Within The Event"

Second Annual Women’s Executive Pro-Am Features Private Group Clinic By Annika Sorenstam,
Third Annual Golf & Wine Experience Grows Into On-The-Course Festival On Saturday, 
And Popular Third Annual Family Day Returns On Saturday 
During Second Round Championship Play

The Allianz Championship, a PGA Champions Tour tournament returns to The Old Course at Broken Sound Club from February 6-12, 2012 bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event that includes a series of interactive, “up close and personal” pre- and during tournament events for golf fans of all ages, while driving net proceeds to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The Allianz Championship is the PGA Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. General admission is free due to the generosity of sponsors.

During Championship rounds, attendees will follow the legends of golf such as 2011 Allianz Champion Tom Lehman, 2010 Allianz Champion Bernhardt Langer, Mark Calcavecchia,  Fuzzy Zoeller, and many more as they vie for the $1.8 championship purse.  All events listed will be held at The Old Course at Broken Sound at 1401 NW 51st Street in Boca Raton; for updates and information visit www.allianzchampionship.com.

The following is what’s in-store for event-goers:

PRE-TOURNAMENT PLAY

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH
SECOND-ANNUAL ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP WOMEN’S EXECUTIVE PRO-AM
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This second-annual event with a private group clinic by LPGA legend and eight-time “player of the year” Annika Sorenstam gives women of all skill sets a chance to play nine holes with a PGA Champions Tour pro during the Allianz Championship. This fun-filled day also includes a continental breakfast, Q & A session with Sorenstam prior to her clinic, a gift package and an invitation to the VIP Executive Pro-Am draw party that night when the champion of the Women’s Executive Pro-Am is announced.
Ticket Price:  $750 per player
For more information, click here.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP KONICA MINOLTA PRO-AM        
7:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Teeing up memorable rounds of corporate camaraderie on the green, client entertainment and/or employee recognition with each foursome paired with a PGA Champions Tour pro. Lunch and an invitation to the VIP draw party with Champions Tour legends on Feb. 7th are included.  Each player also receives a premium gift package including a $300 Callaway gift card and a Peter Millar apparel shopping spree valued at $250.
Pro Am Fee:  $3,000 per participant

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP PRO-AM        
7:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
A second day of Executive Pro-Am play at the Allianz Championship featuring memorable corporate camaraderie and golf with each foursome paired with a PGA Champions Tour pro. Participants enjoy lunch, receive a premium gift package that includes a $300 Callaway gift card and a Peter Millar apparel shopping spree valued at $250, and an invitation to the VIP draw party with Champions Tour legends on Feb. 7th.
Pro Am Fee:  $3,500 per participant

CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT DAYS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP – FIRST ROUND TOURNAMENT PLAY
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
An impressive roster of PGA Champions Tour legends tee off to compete for a $1.8 million purse during first round championship play at the Allianz Championship, with all net proceeds “chipping in” to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Boca Raton will host defending Champion Tom Lehman and other PGA Champions Tour pros at the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing, with The Golf Channel televising all three rounds live from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club.
Ticket Price:  General admission free; skybox tickets available for purchase.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND ROUND TOURNAMENT PLAY AND FAMILY DAY
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PGA Champions Tour legends continue to vie for a $1.8 million purse in second round championship play during "Family Day" at the Allianz Championship with all net proceeds “chipping in” to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital. “Family Day” features a full schedule of free interactive family activities for all generations, including face painting, a bounce house, putting contests, Don Law golf clinic, children painting their own art on a Lexus vehicle, appearances by South Florida sports team mascots and much more.
Ticket Price:  General admission free; skybox tickets available for purchase



SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH
3RD ANNUAL ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP “GRAPES ON THE GREEN” GOLF & WINE EXPERIENCE        
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Overlooking the 18th green, wine and food connoisseurs, golf enthusiasts and those who want to enjoy an afternoon out with friends or meeting new ones will get the chance to sample “reds and whites on the green” from the private wine collections of PGA pros’ own vineyards in this  special “event within the event” that benefits Boca Raton Regional Hospital. In addition to indulging in the varietals from international vineyards and labels owned by golf pros Arnold Palmer, Fred Couples and more, attendees will enjoy delicious gourmet foods from top local restaurants, VIP experience auction, appearances by golf legends and live entertainment.

Ticket Price: $85 per person; ticket packages available include a Twosome Package for $200 that includes two tickets, two passes to VIP suite overlooking the 16th green during Allianz Championship, two beverage vouchers, and one Saturday VIP parking pass and a Fuzzy Zoeller Package for $750 that includes four tickets, four passes to the Executive Skybox for Saturday, Feb. 11th, and two Saturday VIP parking passes.


SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH
ALLIANZ CHAMPIONSHIP – FINAL ROUND TOURNAMENT PLAY
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The exciting finish for players and fans alike as PGA Champions Tour legends vie for a $1.8 million purse during final-round play, with the check and trophy presentation immediately following the day’s play, all televised live from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club on The Golf Channel. The Allianz Championship, the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing, will drive all net proceeds from the tournament to “chip in” to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
Ticket Price:  General admission free; skybox tickets available for purchase.

The Allianz Championship tournament is managed by Pro Links Sports, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.  Directing five tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule, all are continuously voted in the top ten tournaments by the players. This reputation attracts the top golfers on the PGA Championship Tour to Boca Raton, along with other legends of golf.

Spectator Experience Can Be Upgraded With Skybox Seating Or Sponsorships
Premium ticket packages can be purchased for VIP and Skybox seating ranging from $75 to $175. Sponsorship packages include branded opportunities, premium seating, variety of invitation-onlyreceptions, Pro-Am play, meet and greets with the legends of golf, etc.

For more tournament information, premium ticket packages, skybox seating and Grapes On The Green event tickets, call 561-241-GOLF (4653); fax 561-241-4658, or visit www.allianzchampionship.com. For Pro-Am registration and sponsorship package opportunities, contact Anthony Greco at 561-241-GOLF (4653) or email agreco@allianzchampionship.com.

About The Allianz Championship:
In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz Championship, with a purse of $1.8 million, is the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the Championship. Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase VIP tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

About Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities:
The Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) is a year ‘round 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization; its board serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the annual Allianz Championship as well as the oversight group for the distribution of all charitable funds. All net tournament proceeds will benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital with other independent PGA-related fundraising initiatives offered to all South Florida nonprofits such as its Birdies Fore Charity. Champions Tour events generate significant sums of money for charity; the three tours of the PGA and their tournaments reached the $1.5 billion mark in charitable, more than all other professional sports combined.



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December 12, 2011

PROMISE HEALTHCARE PRESENTS WOMEN’S “40s, 50s, & FABULOUS” WELLNESS COMPETITION IN BOCA RATON

PROMISE HEALTHCARE PRESENTSWOMEN’S “40s, 50s, & FABULOUS” 
WELLNESS COMPETITION IN BOCA RATON

Competition and Reception Is Part of Promise’s Corporate Initiative To Promote Wellness
In Headquarters Home City And In The Communities Served By
Its 15 Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC) Hospitals In Seven States

BOCA RATON, FL (December 8, 2011)--In support of its corporate and community wellness initiatives, Boca Raton-based Promise Healthcare is presenting a Women’s “40s, 50s, & Fabulous” Wellness Competition that will culminate with ten finalists vying at a runway competition followed by a celebratory reception at Carmen’s At The Top Of The Bridge Hotel on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 6 p.m. The event and reception is open-to-the-public and will benefit the League for Education and Awareness of Human Rights.

Held to increase awareness of the benefits of incorporating wellness into a woman’s daily activities and recognize women in Promise’s home community ages 40 and above who embrace and exemplify a healthy and fit life and style, the competition begins with online registration followed by one-on-one interviews that narrow down the field to the final ten to hit the runway at the Bridge Hotel. The event is part of the upcoming The Battle of Florida festivities that will lead up to the collegiate football all-star championship game to be coached by awarding-winning football legends Bobby Bowden (for the north team) and Howard Schnellenberger (for the south team) at the new Florida Atlantic University Stadium on Saturday evening, January 21, 2012.

According to Promise Healthcare’s Women’s “40s, 50s and Fabulous” Wellness Competition Executive Director Carmel Pasquale, contestants must register by Tuesday, January 3rd via www.fabulouswellnesscompetition.com beginning Friday, December 9th; a $20 registration fee is required. 

Qualifying candidates will be interviewed with the ten finalists notified by Friday, January 6th. Finalists will then hit the runway at the Friday, January 18th reception in both fitness attire and evening gowns, and be asked to share 1) why they place priority on wellness, and 2) their secrets to achieving a well-balanced life and style. All finalists will receive prizes for their participation; the first place winner will become a Promise Healthcare ambassador of well-being locally and in its Promise hospital markets, and enjoy a three-night vacation getaway for two at the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa on the island’s largest stretch of pristine Palm Beach, including airfare.

“It is important to me and our company that we take a lead role in inspiring and motivating an on-going dedicated ‘wellness’ mindset and practice for our employees, patients and the communities our hospitals serve,” noted Peter Baronoff, Chairman and CEO of Promise Healthcare, a leading national long-term acute care (LTAC) hospital company providing critically ill patients with multi-organ and chronic conditions with the benefit of extended time to effectively hasten recovery and achieve personalized goals. “As a healthcare provider, employer of more than 4,000 staff at two hospital companies serving eight states, community leader, son and father, I am personally committed to making a difference in South Florida and beyond. If, through our Promise health and wellness initiatives, our team is able to ignite a legacy in wellness and well-being…we will be delivering exponentially.”

Through community awareness initiatives and programs like this that are actively embraced by major corporations such as Promise Healthcare, Pasquale notes “we can help women feel good about themselves by empowering them as they go through life changes, becoming healthier, wiser and more successful than ever before. As I have seen it proven many times over, ‘if you can change your mind, you can change your life’.”
Pasquale’s passion for fitness stems from her experience as a lifelong athlete who grew up participating in all levels of sports including basketball, lacrosse, track and field, etc. She utilized the dedication she had as an athlete to pursue a career in modeling and later as the owner of health clubs, spas and beauty salons. While raising her two now-grown boys, her focus was always on health and nutrition that motivated her to become formally trained and educated as a top chef focusing on diet and nutrition. Pasquale has now turned her passions into an overall fitness program for Promise Healthcare to help women develop their mind, body and spirit. 

Tickets are $25 per person; reception will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft drinks. For more information, and to register to participate or purchase tickets to Promise Healthcare’s Women’s “40s, 50s, & Fabulous” Wellness Competition, visit www.fabulouswellnesscompetition.com or call Kim Wade at Promise Healthcare, Inc. at (561) 869-3100. For more information on Promise Healthcare, visit www.promisehealthcare.com.




December 08, 2011

Promise Healthcare -- Peter Baronoff -- The Battle of Florida -- Dec. 8, 2011 Photo Gallery

 Howard Schnellenberger and Peter Baronoff
 Peter Baronoff introduces Howard Schnellenberger
 Peter Baronoff and Howard Schnellenberger
 Howard Schnellenberger, Peter Baronoff, and Bobby Bowden
Carmel Pasquale, Howard Schnellenberger, Sid Rosenberg, Peter Baronoff and Bobby Bowden
Carmel Pasquale, (Howard), Sid Rosenberg,  Peter Baronoff with  Howard Schnellenberger and Bobby Bowden donning boxing gloves as they face off against each other one more time
 Bobby Bowden
 Peter Baronoff
Peter Baronoff introduces Director-Sandy Grossman

Bobby Bowden interviewed

December 07, 2011

Special KCOM Offer at the 2012 Allianz Championship

The Allianz Championship is getting into the holiday spirit! From now through December 31, 2011, special holiday pricing is in effect, making tickets to the VIP Partners Club, Club 18 Skybox, and "Grapes on the Green" Golf & Wine Experience the perfect gift. We are also able to provide a special "Friends of Kaye Communications" offer -- mention KCOMTIX when ordering to receive an additional 10% ALL TICKETS while supplies last! 


Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for more information. 



December 06, 2011

Allianz Championship Photo Gallery


From left: 
John Crean, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Broken Sound Club, 
Russ Bodie, Principal, The Smart Group, 
Ryan Dillon, Tournament Director, Allianz Championship 


2011 Champion Tom Lehman


Tom Lehman with Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities Board


Neil Gillman, Steve Bernstein, PGA Pro Corey Pavin, Joe Esposito, John Cioffoletti at  2011 Allianz Championship Executive Pro-Am


Hollis Cavner, Gary Bhojwani, Dick Schmidt, MJ Saunders at 2011 VIP Pro-Am Pairings Party





Boca Raton Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie, Ryan Dillon, Boca Raton City Council Member Mike Mullaugh, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, Mark Gensheimer in skybox at 2011 Allianz Championship


Fred Fulmer, Fuzzy Zoeller, Ingrid Fulmer at 2011 Allianz Championship's Golf & Wine Experience, this year expanded and moved to Saturday afternoon overlooking the 18th green and re-named "Grapes on the  Green"


Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel and Fuzzy Zoeller at 2011 Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience


2011 Allianz Championship Executive Women's Pro-Am Clinic Instructor Olin Browne; this year's clinic to feature Annika Sorenstam


Jerry Fedele, Jeanie Fedele, Karen Meany, Neil Meany at  2011 Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience


Bernhard Langer and his wife Vikki with Ryan Dillon  at  the 2011 Allianz Championship Golf & Wine Experience

Championship Play

Annika Sorenstam, 2012 Women's Executive Pro-Am Clinic Instructor

“Corks To Pop” On Reds And Whites From Golf Pro’s Private Collections At The Allianz Championship “Grapes On The Green” Golf & Wine Experience To Benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2012:  “POP-OFF” 3:00 P.M.



As part of the 2012 Allianz Championship tournament event week, wine connoisseurs and golf enthusiasts will get the chance to hobnob on the green with legends of golf while sampling reds and whites from the private wine collections of golf pros’ own vineyards while overlooking 18th green at the tournament's third annual Golf & Wine Experience presented by the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

In addition to indulging in the varietals from international vineyards and labels owned by golf pros Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Fred Couples and more at this special “event within the event” that benefits Boca Raton Regional Hospital, attendees will enjoy culinary samplings from top area restaurants, appearances by golf legends and live entertainment at close of tournament play, and a special VIP experience auction.

The tasting will be held between the 18th green and the driving range during second round of championship play, where attendees can watch the action unfold from a private area. Participating restaurants include: Carmen’s Top of the Bridge, WaterColors at the Bridge Hotel, Max’s Harvest, Max’s Grille, Broken Sound Club, Frank & Dino’s, Assiago del Forno, Morton’s Steakhouse and more.

In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz Championship, with a purse of $1.8 million, is the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase VIP tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Tickets for the Allianz Championship “Grapes On the Green” Golf & Wine Experience are $85 per person. Ticket packages include the Twosome Package at $200 that includes two tickets, two passes to VIP suite overlooking the 16th green during Allianz Championship, two beverage vouchers, and one Saturday VIP parking pass; and the Fuzzy Zoeller Package at $750 that includes four tickets, eight passes to the Executive Skybox for Saturday, Feb. 11th, and two Saturday VIP parking passes.

Sponsorship packages are available, including:

Tom Lehman Champion Package – Title Sponsor - $10,000
  • One spot in the Pro-Am event on Wednesday, February 8th
  • Spot for two to walk with the pros inside the ropes as an Honorary Observer
  • 16 tickets to the “Grapes on the Green” Golf and Wine Experience
  • 8 VIP Parking Passes
  • 16 passes for the executive skybox on the 18th green for Saturday, February 11th
    • Includes complimentary food and drink
  • Full back cover ad in the “Grapes on the Green” Golf and Wine Experience Program
  • Recognition as the title sponsor in conjunction with event logo
  • Company promotion on all event materials
  • Company recognition on sponsor board at event and tournament website
  • “Thank you” plaque for supporting Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Logo placement on one of the following assets:
    • Cigar Roller
    • Sangria Bar
    • Soft Seating
    • Wine Glasses
    • Wine Lanyards
Bernard Langer Package – Presenting Sponsor - $5000
  • 12 tickets to the “Grapes on the Green” Golf and Wine Experience
  • 6 VIP parking passes
  • 12 passes for the executive skybox on the 18th green for Saturday, February 11th
    • Includes complimentary food and drink
  • Full page ad in the “Grapes on the Green” Golf and Wine Experience Program
  • Company promotion on all event material
  • Company recognition on sponsor board at event
  • “Thank you” plaque for supporting Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Logo placement on one of the following assets:
    • Cigar Roller
    • Sangria Bar
    • Soft Seating
    • Wine Glasses
    • Wine Lanyards
Nick Price Package – Supporting Sponsor - $2500
  • 8 Tickets to the Grapes on the Green Golf and Wine Experience
  • 4 VIP parking passes
  • 8 passes to the 16th Green VIP tent with voucher for two beverages (beer, wine soda)
  • Logo/company promotion on item chosen
  • ¼ ad spot in the “Grapes on the Green” Golf and Wine Experience
  • Logo placement on one of the following assets:
    • Cigar Roller
    • Sangria Bar
    • Soft Seating
    • Wine Glasses
    • Wine Lanyards
Logo Placement - $1000
  • Logo placement on one of the following assets:
    • Cigar Roller
    • Sangria Bar
    • Soft Seating
    • Wine Glasses
    • Wine Lanyards
For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.allianzchampionship.com, call the tournament office at (561) 241-GOLF or e-mail Anthony Greco at agreco@allianzchampionship.com.

About Allianz Championship
In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz Championship with a purse of $1.8 million is the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase skybox tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

About Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities
The Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) is a year ‘round 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization; its board serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the annual Allianz Championship as well as the oversight group for the distribution of all charitable funds. All net tournament proceeds will benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital with other independent PGA-related fundraising initiatives offered to all South Florida nonprofits such as its Birdies Fore Charity. Champions Tour events generate significant sums of money for charity; the three tours of the PGA and their tournaments reached the $1.5 billion mark in charitable, more than all other professional sports combined.

Serving the community since 1967, Boca Raton Community Hospital has 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians with privileges. Areas of expertise include cancer, cardiovascular disease & surgery and women’s health. Proceeds from this year’s Allianz Championship will support the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With our country facing a nursing shortage of unheard of proportions, this initiative becomes an extremely important tool in our mission to attract and retain the highest caliber nursing staff in the country and to help our nurses discover a myriad of personal and professional opportunities, including scholarships that support their professional growth. For almost half a century, philanthropy has been an integral component of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s success. Today, community support is more important than ever. For more information about the Foundation and its fundraising initiatives that support the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, please call 561-955-4142.

Allianz Championship Announces Ambitious “Green” Goals for 2012 Tournament

PGA Champions Tour Event Partners With The Smart Group to Reduce Carbon Footprint, Set Goal of 100% Renewable Energy, and Drive Zero Waste by Vendors, Players and Spectators

The 12th annual Allianz Championship, set for February 6-12, 2012 at Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton, Fla., today announced plans to become one of the greenest golf tournaments in North America. To achieve this goal, the tournament will partner with The Smart Group, an organization of ecologists, scientists, educators, and academic researchers who help clients make sound decisions about environmental management.
“This is truly an ambitious, one-of-a-kind collaboration in sustainability”
The tournament plans to set green event benchmarks by developing a comprehensive carbon footprint event analysis, taking the initiative to power the event with 100% renewable energy, and implementing a zero waste program with education of spectators, players and vendors about the benefits of going green in their daily business and personal spaces.
This initiative is an extension of efforts made at the 2011 Allianz Championship, which was the first PGA Champions Tour event ever played on a GEO-certified course. Broken Sound Club is the first golf facility in Florida and only the second in the United States to achieve the GEO Certified award, an international sustainability assurance from the Golf Environment Organization.
“This is truly an ambitious, one-of-a-kind collaboration in sustainability,” said Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon. “We’re committed to ‘greening’ this event through a variety of channels including water use, energy and carbon footprint, environmental quality, landscape and ecosystems, and reducing travel and transportation mileage to and from the site for vendor staging, player transportation and event-goer transportation.”
As the first tournament on the early-season Florida swing of the PGA Champions Tour, the Allianz Championship is collaborating closely with the International Green Energy Council(IGEC), Golf Environment Organization (GEO), the City of Boca Raton, the PGA Champions Tour and Allianz Life, the tournament’s title sponsor and founding sponsor of the 2012 green initiative. The tournament’s green initiative is an extension of programs already being conducted by Allianz. For example, Allianz Life was recently recognized for the second straight year with the prestigious Energy Star designation for its campus in Golden Valley, Minn., putting it in the top nine percent of similar-size buildings nationwide. Parent company Allianz SE has developed around 70 products and services that help mitigate climate change or take environmental impact into account.
“Allianz Life and our parent company Allianz SE are committed to green initiatives within our business practices and celebrate the efforts of the Allianz Championship to take the concept of a truly green event to the next level,” said Nancy Jones, chief marketing officer for Allianz Life. ”We hope these actions serve as inspiration to other large events and a blueprint for how environmental sustainability goals can be achieved.”
Carbon Offset Program to Make Boca Raton Greener
The tournament will use a per-mile carbon offset fee generated from all players, vendors and attendees for travel by air and car to enhance the greening of Boca Raton. The total amount of these carbon offset fees will be used to buy trees for planting throughout the City of Boca Raton.
“There is so much potential to bring real world sustainability initiatives into direct contact with thousands of people through golfing events,” noted Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of the Golf Environment Organization expressing his support for the initiative. “At the Allianz Championship, we see a precedent-seeking, committed golf event and active venue engaging with other event stakeholders to generate actions that will make a tangible difference while enhancing the reputations of all involved. We’re delighted that this trailblazing initiative will unfold at a GEO Certified™ venue, and that some of the pioneering work we have been undertaking around the Ryder Cup has provided a strong and effective model for the delivery of this exciting leadership program.”
The Allianz Championship Invites More Green Partners to Launch A Legacy
The Allianz Championship is seeking additional partners, vendors, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers that are committed to corporate social responsibility, sustainability, the environment, green technology, corporate governance and community development to share in this groundbreaking collaboration.
To learn more about the Allianz Championship partnering opportunities, contact Anthony Greco at agreco@allianzchampionship.com or call 561-241-GOLF(4653).
In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz Championship, with a purse of $1.8 million, is the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the Championship. 
Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase VIP tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

Ever Wonder What It Is Like To Work Behind The Scenes Of A Professional Sporting Event? Allianz Championship Is Seeking Volunteers For Weeklong PGA Champions Tour Tournament At The Old Course At Broken Sound, Boca Raton February 6–12, 2012 To Benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital



Hundreds of volunteers, ages 14 years and older, are needed to support the sixth annual Allianz Championship tournament, set to tee off February 6–12, 2012 at The Old Course at Broken Sound to drive funds to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour tournament to vie for a $1.8 million purse, the Allianz Championship will host a variety of “events within the event” and is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist in many areas, from off-course such as hospitality, admissions and will call, to on-course where there is a need for marshals, media center assistance, practice facility support, etc., and special events that will help drive funds to support the hospital’s Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing.

This year, volunteers are also needed to be part of a special “green team” that will assist the tournament with educating players and spectators on Allianz Championship’s on-course “Zero Waste” initiative and assisting them with proper waste disposal.

According to Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon, volunteers are responsible for approximately 95% of tournament week operations. He added that no tournament would be possible without the help of more than 1,000 volunteers dedicating long hours to dozens of different committees, and noted that there are many fun and interesting ways in which to get involved and a variety of reasons to do so.

 “Knowledge of the game is not required, just love of community, a passion for hands-on dedicated teamwork, interest in meeting new people, and being part of a new, exciting, major high visibility event that will draw a wide variety of audiences,” noted Dillon.

Volunteers receive a volunteer parking pass, breakfast and lunch on work days, a volunteer badge (good for entry to event all 7 days), five “Good-Any-One-Day” tickets, admission to a fun Volunteer Party, and those volunteers who complete three shifts in the Allianz tournament will be allowed one complimentary round of golf (including cart) at The Old Course based on certain criteria.

The sixth annual Allianz Championship is the PGA’s Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship featuring a long player roster of golf legends such as 2011 defending champion Tom Lehman, 2010 champion Bernhard Langer, Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Couples, Nick Price, Tom Kite, Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin and more. The event schedule includes three days of championship play from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10th–12th plus the second annual Women’s Executive Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 7th with an Executive Pro-Am Draw Party that evening; two days of Executive Pro-Am play on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8th and 9th; and the third annual “Grapes on the Green” Golf & Wine Experience and second annual Family Day during the second day of championship play, Saturday, Feb. 11th.

“Not only do our volunteers get the chance to go ‘beyond the ropes’ of a professional golf tournament, their many contributions to this tournament will make an impact on the welfare of the Boca Raton community,” notes Tournament Director Ryan Dillon.  “Most importantly, we ask all of our volunteers to have FUN! When not volunteering, we encourage them to come out to the tournament as a spectator and experience it with friends and family.”

The Allianz Championship is managed by Pro Links Sports, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.  Directing six tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule, all are continuously voted in the top ten tournaments by the players. The Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities oversees tournament operations.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Volunteer Coordinator Anne Jenkins at the tournament office at 561-241-GOLF, or by e-mail volunteer@allianzchampionship.com. Online registration is available at www.allianzchampionship.com

Allianz Championship Invites Nonprofits To Register To Benefit From Its Second Annual "Birdies Fore Charity" Fundraising Program To Champion Their Own "Tournament Purse" Of Donations





Registration is now open for nonprofits to tee-up to participate in the Allianz Championship's second annual "Birdies Fore Charity", a fundraising program in which participating nonprofit organizations solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by PGA Champions Tour players during the three-day championship play Friday through Sunday, February 10-12, 2012. According to Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon, participating organizations keep 100% of the pledges collected on their behalf.

Donor participants supporting their charity of choice can either make a one-time flat donation (minimum $10), or make a pledge of $0.02 or more for each birdie made by Champions Tour players during the 2012 Allianz Championship. Participating donors can either choose one of organizations listed at the tournament's website at www.allianzchampionship.com/pages/birdies-fore-charity or choose to make the donation to benefit another charity of their choice. To date, nonprofits registered to benefit from participation include Take Stock In Children; 4KIDS of South Florida; Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc., Autism Society of Broward County, and S.B. Idea, Inc.
  
Other than postage for mailing in completed pledge forms for administration to the Allianz Championship,there is NO cost to organizations to take part in the program. The Allianz Championship provides all the online donation administration, pledge forms for participating organizations, and program administration, invoicing, processing and accounting, but will not solicit pledges of behalf of any participating organization.
  
"We look forward to increasing the 'field of nonprofits' and 'charity purse' this year as the inaugural group saw just how easy it was to raise much needed funds without all the hassle of administration," said Dillon.  "The fundraising opportunities are unlimited," noting that a pledge of $0.02 per birdie x 800 birdies can yield a total of $16, and if there are 500 participants that adds up to $8,000, with participating charities receiving 100% of their collected donations.
  
Nonprofit Criteria/Responsibilities 
Participating organizations must be have 501 (c) 3 status as recognized by the IRS and will be responsible for soliciting pledges of $0.02 or more per birdie, or a flat donation of $10 or more from individuals or corporations (online or via pledge form), and collecting completed pledge forms and return them to the Allianz Championship for processing.
  
Added Incentives To Participating Nonprofit Supporters, That Includes   Chance To Win Tickets To The 2012 Masters Golf Tournament
As an added incentive to donors, each person who makes a pledge to Birdies Fore Charity will be given a "chance to win" by guessing the total number of birdies made by Champions Tour players during the 2012 Allianz Championship. One correct guess will win two (2) tickets to the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Donors also qualify to win random drawings conducted by the Allianz Championship. Contest is open to participants who are 18 years of age or older; one guess allowed per Birdies Fore Charity pledge; no more than 10 total entries per participant. 
  
What Is A Birdie?    
In golf, a "birdie" is a score of one stroke better than "par" for every hole on the course. "Par" is the normal expected score of a golf professional on any given hole. For example, if a player scores a 4 on a par 5 then he gets a birdie.

The tournament is managed by Pro Links Sports, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN.  Directing six tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule, all are continuously voted in the top ten tournaments by the players.  This reputation attracts the top golfers on the PGA Championship Tour to Boca Raton, along with other legends of golf.
  
The week-long sixth annual Allianz Championship schedule of events includes three days of championship play from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10th-12th plus the second annual Women's Executive Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 7th with an Executive Pro-Am Draw Party that evening; two days of Executive Pro-Am play on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8th and 9th; and the third annual Golf & Wine Experience and second annual Family Day during the second day of championship play, Saturday, Feb. 11th.  

The Allianz Championship, with free general admission on all three championship play days, will be held on The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, located at 1401 NW 51st Street, (Yamato Road), Boca Raton, FL 33431.  The tournament office is located at 6450 E. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33487.  For more information, contact 561-241-GOLF (4653); fax 561-241-4658, or visit www.allianzchampionship.com.

To participate in the Allianz Championship "Birdies Fore Charities", nonprofits and their supporters can visitwww.allianzchampionship.com, contact Danielle Husby via email at dhusby@allianzchampionship.com or call the tournament office at 561-241-GOLF (4653).

In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz Championship, with a purse of $1.8 million, is the Champions Tour's first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the Championship. Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase VIP tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

About Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities:
The Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) is a year 'round 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization; its board serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the annual Allianz Championship as well as the oversight group for the distribution of all charitable funds. All net tournament proceeds will benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital with other independent PGA-related fundraising initiatives offered to all South Florida nonprofits such as its Birdies Fore Charity. Champions Tour events generate significant sums of money for charity; the three tours of the PGA and their tournaments reached the $1.5 billion mark in charitable, more than all other professional sports combined.

December 05, 2011

LPGA Legend And Eight-Time “Player Of The Year” Annika Sorenstam To Headline Women’s Golf Clinic At Allianz Championship Women’s Executive Pro-Am To Benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital



Getting the ladies into the swing of championship golf, LPGA legend with 72 LPGA victories and eight-time “player of the year” Annika Sorenstam (www.annikasorenstam.com) will give 36 executive women (nine foursomes) expert golf tips at the start of the second annual Allianz Championship Women’s Executive Pro-Am on Tuesday, February 7th at the Old Course at Broken Sound Club at 10:30 a.m.  The women’s tournament is part of the 2012 Allianz Championship, a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event that brings the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton to vie for a $1.8 million purse.  

Chipping in net proceeds to benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the Women’s Executive Pro-Am offers women the opportunity to participate in a golf and business networking experience like no other while giving all skill sets a chance to play nine holes with a PGA Champions Tour player. The fun-filled day includes a private group clinic with Sorenstam presented by JM Lexus that follows a continental breakfast with an “up close and personal” Q&A session with her and a shotgun start at the conclusion of her clinic.  Registration is $750 per player, and includes Pro-Am gift package, two invites to VIP Draw Party where awards will be presented for the women’s back nine play, and two VIP Partners Club Tickets.

“We are delighted to feature Annika this year at our popular Women’s Executive Pro-Am as she was one of the most dominant players in women’s golf,” noted Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon. “In addition to a great ‘ladies day’ on the course, participants will enjoy a rare opportunity to learn from and get to know one of LPGA’s storied champions who has rewritten the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and events, and brought unprecedented attention to women’s golf.” 

He added that Sorenstam was recently selected as the recipient of the United States Golf Association’s 2012 Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor that has been presented annually since 1955 in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.  The award will be presented just a few days before the Allianz Championship’s Women’s Executive Pro-Am on February 4th at the USGA’s Annual Meeting in recognition of a person who emulates Jones’ spirit, his personal qualities and his attitude toward the game and its players.

Sorenstam’s success has changed how women’s golf is played, covered and viewed, and in her rise to mainstream athlete and celebrity, she has had a positive impact on all women’s sports. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 9, 1970 and began playing golf at the age of 12; her sister Charlotte also plays on the LPGA Tour.

Dillon said he expects with Sorenstam being part of the tournament’s experience this year and only 36 openings available, this year’s Women’s Executive Pro-Am will sell out quickly and encourages those interested to register early. To purchase foursomes and individual tickets by January 6th, contact Anthony Greco at agreco@allianzchampionship.com or 561-241-GOLF (4653).

The week-long sixth annual Allianz Championship schedule of events includes three days of championship play from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 10-12, 2012 plus the second Annual Women’s Executive Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 7th with an Executive Pro-Am Pairings Party that evening; two days of Executive Pro-Am play on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 8th and 9th; a third annual Golf & Wine Experience held during the second day of championship play, Friday, Feb. 11th; and Family Day on Sunday, Feb. 12th, the closing day of  tournament play. The second annual Allianz Championship “Birdies Fore Charity” fundraising program through which any participating nonprofit organizations solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by PGA Champions Tour players during the three-day championship play.

The Allianz Championship, with free general admission on all three championship play days generously underwritten by sponsors JM Lexus, the City of Boca Raton and Allianz Life, as well as its Women’s Executive Pro-Am will be held on The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, located at 1401 NW 51st Street, (Yamato Road), Boca Raton, FL 33431. For more information On the Allianz Championship that runs from Feb. 6-12, 2012, tournament events, VIP and skybox tickets, Pro-Am opportunities, sponsorships and player roster, visit www.allianzchampionship.com or call 561-241-GOLF (4653).

About Allianz Championship-In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz Championship with a purse of $1.8 million is the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase skybox tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

About Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities-The Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) is a year ‘round 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization; its board serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the annual Allianz Championship as well as the oversight group for the distribution of all charitable funds. All net tournament proceeds will benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital with other independent PGA-related fundraising initiatives offered to all South Florida nonprofits such as its Birdies Fore Charity. Champions Tour events generate significant sums of money for charity; the three tours of the PGA and their tournaments reached the $1.5 billion mark in charitable, more than all other professional sports combined.

About Allianz Life-Allianz Life has been keeping its promises since 1896. Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their retirement income goals with a variety of annuities and life insurance products. A leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry with nearly 155,000 employees worldwide. Based on its revenue, Allianz SE is the 20th largest company in the world (Fortune Global 500, August 2010).

About Broken Sound Club-Broken Sound is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County, FL. It features resort-style, country club living in 28 private villages and has 23 tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness/spa center, aquatic area, dining facilities and two of the finest golf courses in South Florida. The original Broken Sound Club, now affectionately known as the "Old Course", was founded in 1978 and designed by Joe Lee.  It will host the Allianz Championship. Gene Bates completed a redesign of the Old Course in January 2004. The Old Course features an abundance of trees unique to South Florida and rolling fairways that give it a feel similar to courses in the Pinehurst, NC area. It includes the largest stand of natural Florida maples trees in the county. The Club Course, another Lee design, was opened in 1985 and also recently renovated by Bates. Broken Sound is located on the north side of Yamato Road on Old Course Way between Congress Avenue and Military Trail.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital-Serving the community since 1967, Boca Raton Regional Hospital has 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians with privileges. Areas of expertise include cancer, cardiovascular disease and surgery and women’s health. Proceeds from this year’s Allianz Championship will support the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With our country facing a nursing shortage of unheard of proportions, this initiative becomes an extremely important tool in our mission to attract and retain the highest caliber nursing staff in the country and to help our nurses discover a myriad of personal and professional opportunities, including scholarships that support their professional growth. For almost half a century, philanthropy has been an integral component of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s success. Today, community support is more important than ever. For more information about the Foundation and its fundraising initiatives that support the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, please call 561-955-4142.     

November 02, 2011

City of Boca Raton Gets Kudos For "Meet Me On The Promenade: Downtown Boca" at Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting

Kudos for 'Meet Me'
Supporters lined up in City Council Chambers to praise the first "Meet Me on the Promenade" on Oct. 21 and 22, billed as the downtown's coming out party for the millions spent on pedestrian-friendly improvements.
Alana Cohen, whose window fashions' business is along the newly prettied up stretch of East Palmetto Park Road, led the chorus of kudos at the Oct. 24 Community Redevelopment Agency meeting.
"I want to give a standing ovation for the weekend," she told the CRA, city council members wearing different hats. "As merchants, we never thought it would be so big."
The accolades went to Bonnie and Jon Kaye of Kaye Communications, the city's downtown PR and marketing firm, and city staff including downtown manager Ruby Childers, and Arlene Cheese and Nicole Gasparri.
Peg Greenspan weighed in for the Downtown Boca Raton Advisory Committee: "It's the most wonderful experience I've had in downtown Boca," she said.
"Thanks for planting the seed, we will make this a big oak," said Don Epstein of Art Attack.
Cohen, who was later named to the Downtown Advisory Committee, urged the city to consider making an event on the Palmetto Park Road promenade monthly during season.
Councilman Anthony Majhess agreed, asking if the Kayes and city staff could do something in December, January, February and March.
The mayor agreed. "Even if it's not as large, can't we do something once a month or every six weeks?" she said.
The mayor said the tweaks she would like to see are fencing on Sanborn Square to prevent small children from straying into the street, and "minor traffic issues like the wait to get out of the garages."
Still, "the energy was intoxicating and this was just the beginning," said CRA chairwoman Constance Scott.

The article above is an excerpt from Sun-sentinel.com. See the entire page at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/boca-raton/fl-brf-watch-1102-20111102,0,854115.story. The CRA Meeting   is available for viewing through the City of Boca Raton archives at http://bocaraton.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=523.