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Northern Trust gives $10,000 to Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and The Mulligan Project through Northern Trust Open’s TICKETS Fore CHARITY™ program

January 25, 2013

LOS ANGELES– The Northern Trust Open today announced the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and The Mulligan Project as winners of the tournament's TICKETS Fore CHARITY program.

TICKETS Fore CHARITY offers Los Angeles County non-profit organizations the opportunity to raise funds by promoting tickets sales to the Northern Trust Open, scheduled for February 12-17 at the historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.  As part of the program, Northern Trust is giving participating charities an additional incentive by offering up to $50,000 in bonus pool matching donations for the organizations that raise the most funds at three designated time periods during the six months prior to the tournament.  The first bonus pool, won by the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, ended November 15.  The second bonus pool, won by The Mulligan Project, ended January 7.  The third and final bonus pool ends February 4 and carries a top prize of $15,000.

Participation in the 2013 Northern Trust Open TICKETS Fore CHARITY program is open to all 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.  Through TICKETS Fore CHARITY, non-profits promote the sale of specially-priced daily grounds ($30), weekender ($45, valid Saturday and Sunday), weekly grounds ($80, valid Tuesday-Sunday) and/or weekly clubhouse tickets ($295 Tuesday-Sunday) to the 2013 tournament, with 80 percent of the net proceeds from each ticket remaining with the organization and 20 percent benefiting City of Hope, the official charity of the Northern Trust Open.

“Northern Trust is dedicated to strengthening communities around the world,” said Northern Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Office Frederick H. Waddell. “Charitable giving and volunteerism are embedded in our DNA, and the Northern Trust Open and the tournament’s programs, such as TICKETS Fore CHARITY, are an extension of our commitment to support the Greater Los Angeles area.”

Northern Trust Open Executive Director Jerry West said, “Congratulations to the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce and The Mulligan Project for their impressive performance in our TICKETS Fore CHARITY program thus far.  Both organizations illustrate all that is possible when we come together to support local kids through this tournament.  A special thanks to our title sponsor, Northern Trust, for its continued commitment to this program and to the community of Los Angeles as a whole.  I’m excited to see what will be accomplished in the final bonus pool heading into the Northern Trust Open next month.”

The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in bringing the Northern Trust Open (the LA Open at the time) to Los Angeles in the 1920s and is proud to continue its partnership with the Northern Trust Open.  The mission of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce is to empower young professionals through professional enrichment, leadership development and community service.   Since 1924, the Junior Chamber has spawned a legacy of influence and improved the quality of life within the Los Angeles community.

“We truly value the opportunity to participate in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program this year and thank our board members and the entire community for their donations that resulted in our winning the first bonus pool,” said Helen Han, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce.  “Our participation has provided a unique platform for fundraising to benefit our members as well as support our community-based programs such as Riordan Leadership Institute, The First Tee of Los Angeles and the LA Watts Summer Games.”

The Mulligan Project is a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with disabilities in Central Vietnam by providing special education, physical therapy and healthcare services to an underserved and overlooked generation of vulnerable children.

“This is the second year that we’ve participated in the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program, and the Board of Directors of The Mulligan Project is thrilled to be the recipient of the $10,000 bonus pool,” said Kelly Gonzoles, executive director of The Mulligan Project.  “The money raised will allow more children with disabilities to receive critical services at our school. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Northern Trust, Jerry West and the entire team at the Northern Trust Open.”

Last year, the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program raised $253,180 for non-profit organizations in the greater Los Angeles area. The participating charities generated $203,180 in ticket sales; Northern donated an additional $50,000 in bonus funds for the top earning charities.

Non-profit organizations interested in participating in the Northern Trust Open’s TICKETS Fore CHARITY program next year may contact Kristi Lee Fowlks in the tournament office at (310) 573.5810 or  kristifowlks@pgatourhq.com

For Northern Trust Open ticket information, visit www.northerntrustopen.com.  Fans are reminded that each year, youth 18 and younger are admitted free of charge to the Northern Trust Open when accompanied by a ticketed adult.  There is no limit to the number of youth 18 and younger who can attend with a ticketed adult.

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