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Crane wins Zurich Charity Cup and a $30,000 donation to St. Bernard Project

Ben Crane
Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

June 28, 2012

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.,– Five-time PGA TOUR winner Ben Crane is the title-holder of the first-ever Zurich Charity Cup, a nine-week fan voting and social media-based competition that gave spectators of the game of golf a way to play along with the pros and “cheer” for one of seven PGA TOUR golfers. Crane beat out the six other players who received a combined total of more than 100,000 “cheers” on the Zurich Charity Cup website, www.zurichcharitycup.com. Zurich, along with GOLF Magazine, will make a $30,000 donation in Crane’s name to St. Bernard Project, a New Orleans-based charity focused on rebuilding the homes and lives of Hurricane Katrina survivors.

“St. Bernard Project is thrilled to win the Zurich Charity Cup and will use the winnings to further our efforts in New Orleans,” said Zack Rosenburg, director of St. Bernard Project. “Americans impacted by disasters deserve to be able to rebuild their homes and lives. We have 130 home owners who cannot afford to rebuild their homes on our waiting list. That number keeps growing as we hear from ten new clients seeking help each week. These funds will also help us share our model and the knowledge we learned from Katrina with other communities in disaster-prone areas.”

“Heather and I are so excited we won the Zurich Charity Cup,” said Crane. “Thank you to all my fans and the supporters of St. Bernard Project for making this possible. We couldn't have done it without you. St. Bernard Project is an amazing organization that continues to transform lives in New Orleans, and they will be able to continue their great work because of the Zurich Charity Cup.”

Crane had fierce competition and played against the following golfers who supported the charity listed next to their name:

“Zurich has aligned with the seven pro golfers and the PGA TOUR because we share a commitment to making a sustainable impact in communities through charitable giving and volunteer engagement,” said Mike Foley, CEO North America Commercial for Zurich Insurance Group. “Many people may not know that shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit, Ben travelled to New Orleans to rebuild homes with St. Bernard Project. Ben and his wife Heather have been actively involved with St. Bernard for years.”

Since 2005, Zurich and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans – together with the Fore!Kids Foundation – has raised more than $9 million for over 40 charities that serve more than 200,000 children in need throughout southeastern Louisiana.

Zurich kicked off the Zurich Charity Cup at the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. During the tournament this year, Zurich recognized Crane and his wife Heather for helping make a difference throughout southeastern Louisiana and named them Zurich HelpPoint Heroes.  This is the second year Zurich has given the award to recognize those who are helping Zurich give back to the people of southeastern Louisiana and communities around the globe.

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