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SEATTLE - (July 27, 2011) - On Monday, July 25, maritime companies, golfers and guests teed off for the 12th annual Towboat Invitational to benefit The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason and Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon. The tournament was held at The Golf Club at Newcastle in Newcastle, Wash. 

High-spirited bidding on live-auction items, led by local celebrity Dick Foley and a "Spotlight on Giving" raised more than $312,000 for the nonprofit organizations - the highest amount to date for this tournament. All net proceeds directly benefit Boys & Girls Club programs and new equipment for The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason. 

"We are honored to have such extraordinary friends who give so generously of their time, enthusiasm and support to make a difference in two special organizations," said Michael VanDerhoef, president of Virginia Mason Foundation and vice president of Virginia Mason Medical Center. "The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason brings the highest quality cardiovascular care to the residents of the Puget Sound region and beyond, and the Boys & Girls Club offers tremendous support for kids, making an important impact on their lives. All of this is made possible through the support of friends like Harley Marine Services, Sause Bros. and Foss Maritime, 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 $1 million since its inaugural event in 2000. 

Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon
Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon is dedicated to assisting youth of all backgrounds and financial circumstances achieve their potential by enhancing their self-esteem, providing positive role models, and by helping them to develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. About 250 to 300 kids come to the Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Oregon every day after school, and it averages more than 3,000 members every year. Visit BGC-SWOregon.org for more information.

The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason
The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason offers a full range of cardiac services at one convenient location. Virginia Mason's team of highly trained specialists combines state-of-the-art technology, health education and innovative research to offer comprehensive care for all forms of heart disease. Visit VirginiaMason.org/heart for more information.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit comprehensive regional health care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety. For more information, visit VirginiaMason.orgFacebook.com/VMcares or Twitter.com/VirginiaMason.

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