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SEATTLE – (July 18, 2016) – Maritime companies, golfers and guests teed off for the 17th annual Towboat Invitational July 11 to benefit Virginia Mason and the Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon. The tournament was held at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wash. and raised more than $340,000 for the nonprofit organizations. All net proceeds directly benefit programs at Boys & Girls Club and Virginia Mason.

“We are honored to have such extraordinary friends who give so generously of their time, enthusiasm and support to make a difference to two special organizations,” said Jeanne Jachim, president, Virginia Mason Foundation. “Virginia Mason is recognized as one of the nation’s best health care facilities and the Boys & Girls Club offers tremendous support for youths in our communities. All this is made possible through the support of friends like Foss Maritime, Harley Marine Services and Sause Bros., and all of the sponsors and participants.”

Hosted by marine transportation companies Foss Maritime, Harley Marine Services and Sause Bros., along with many other corporate sponsors, the Towboat Invitational has raised more than $3.5 million since its inaugural event in 2000.

Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon is dedicated to assisting youths of all backgrounds and financial circumstances to achieve their potential by enhancing their self-esteem, providing positive role models, and helping them develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. About 250 youngsters go to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon every day after school. The program, based in Coos Bay, serves more than 3,000 members every year.

About Virginia Mason Health System Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency. Virginia Mason online:

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Yakima-based Memorial Family of Services and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a 226-bed facility serving the Yakima Valley in Central Washington since 1950. Memorial Family of Services comprises primary care practices and specialty care services, including high quality cardiac care, a continuum of cancer care, hospice care, and advanced services for children with special health care needs. Memorial online:

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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