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Event re-named the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic Company praises event’s community, charity, and economic benefits SEATTLE, Wash. – June 6, 2005 – Officials from the PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour and community leaders from greater Seattle announced today that Boeing will be the title sponsor of the Champions Tour’s newly established annual stop in the Pacific Northwest. The agreement covers the first four years of the tournament (2005-2008). The inaugural Boeing Greater Seattle Classic will be held August 15 – 21 at the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, WA. "Today's announcement of Boeing becoming title sponsor of our Seattle event is the perfect complement to the other community components already in place and adds yet another very strong company to the Champions Tour roster of sponsors," said Champions Tour president Rick George. "We now have the textbook combination of a hometown sponsor, a committed host organization in Virginia Mason Medical Center, the support of key community leaders such as the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Athletic Club and Wells Fargo, and a terrific Jack Nicklaus golf course in the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge. We're going to have an outstanding inaugural Boeing Greater Seattle Classic and we invite golf and non-golf fans alike to join us at Snoqualmie Ridge on August 15-21." George, along with Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke and Virginia Mason Medical Center President J. Michael Rona, who serve as tournament co-chairs, led the effort to recruit Boeing as the title sponsor. “We could not ask for a better partner than Boeing. Boeing and it’s employees have a great history of community involvement in the Northwest, and we are thrilled they answered our call to support this tournament as we build it into a first-class event for years to come,” said Boeing Greater Seattle Classic Executive Director Chuck Nelson. “This exciting new community event will return millions of dollars to charity over the next four years, generate substantial economic activity for large and small businesses, and showcase greater Seattle as a great place to live and work. We are honored to support it,” said Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and chair of the Global Competitiveness Council for Washington State. The beneficiary of the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic will be The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The Heart Institute is widely recognized for excellence in cardiac care, serving patients throughout the Northwest and Alaska. “We are very grateful for Boeing's generous support of this community as title sponsor of the Champions Tour. On behalf of our patients, we thank Boeing for their outstanding contribution,” said Rona. “We had a dream of building not only a great tournament, but more importantly a fundraiser that over time can raise literally millions of dollars for the Heart Institute and today we’re taking another big step toward that goal,” said Leiweke. Other Seattle community leaders also welcomed Boeing’s decision to join the sponsorship team. The Seattle Sports Commission stated that events like the Champions Tour have broad positive impact on the community, and the greater Seattle area can expect the event to generate millions of dollars of economic activity. Having Boeing as the anchor sponsor will add stability to the event and attract even more sponsors and spectators. Boeing joins a growing list of prestigious sponsors and partners for the event, which includes Wells Fargo, featuring the Wells Fargo Pro-Am, Lumbermens, the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Athletic Club, FSN, Fisher Broadcasting-KOMO TV/ Radio and their affiliates, the NFL Alumni and The First Tee of Greater Seattle. The event was announced last August. Tickets for the Boeing Greater Seattle Classic go on sale today, visit or call Ticketmaster at (206) 628-0888. The tournament is still seeking volunteers. For more information visit the tournament Web site at About the Champions Tour The Champions Tour is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers age 50 and older. Conceived in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, it started with just four events and purses totaling $475,000. The Champions Tour now has 28 official events offering a minimum of $50.3 million in prize money in 2005 and its highest average purse ever of $1.8 million. The Tour has an additional lineup of Challenge/unofficial money events played in February, November and December. In October 2002, the PGA TOUR announced a rebranding of its three Tours (PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour) to more closely align them as part of one brand under the PGA TOUR umbrella. It was at this time the Senior PGA Tour was renamed the Champions Tour. The Champions Tour’s primary purpose is to provide significant competitive and earnings opportunities for players age 50 and older; to protect the integrity of the game; and to help grow the reach of the game in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, Champions Tour events also generate significant sums of money for charity. Through 2004, the three Tours of the PGA TOUR and their tournaments had generated more than $910 million for charity since the first recorded donation was made in 1938, with approximately $89 million raised in 2004. The commissioner of the PGA TOUR is Tim Finchem. Rick George is president of the Champions Tour. TOUR headquarters is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. For more information, please visit About Boeing The Boeing Company is the world's leading aerospace company. Today, with more than 56,000 employees in the Puget Sound region, it is the largest private employer and high-tech firm in the Evergreen State. Four of Boeing's major operating groups - Commercial Airplanes, Connexion by BoeingSM, Boeing Capital Corporation, and Shared Services Group - are headquartered in this region. Boeing business units such as Integrated Defense Systems, Phantom Works and Boeing Ventures also have major operations in Washington State. Founded in this region in 1916, Boeing and its employees have supported the community with charitable contributions and volunteer services for more than fifty years. For more information, please visit About Virginia Mason Medical Center Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of nearly 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care Seattle hospital. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. About TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge Located within the Snoqualmie Ridge planned community in scenic Snoqualmie, Wash., the Tournament Players Course (TPC) Snoqualmie Ridge is the Pacific Northwest's only Jack Nicklaus-designed Tournament Players Course golf course. With astounding views of the Cascade Mountain foothills, Mt. Si and Snoqualmie Falls, the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge offers members and their guests an unparalleled golf experience. TPC Snoqualmie Ridge is a par-72 course and is 7,264 yards long. For more information, please visit Quadrant Homes, a subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, is Washington state's largest single-family homebuilder. Quadrant is the developer and owner of TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge. # # # Contact: Brian Bradley, Tournament Spokesperson, (206) 464-3092 Cris McHugh, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, (206) 766-2937 Alisha Mark, Virginia Mason Medical Center, (206) 341-1509 Jeff Adams, Champions Tour, (904) 273-3397
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