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DePuy Mitek Distributes $60,000 between Four PGA TOUR Player Charities

Debra Bass, VP of Franchising Marketing presents Jonathan Byrd with a $10,000 check which will benefit the Jim Byrd Foundation.

October 20, 2011

By PGA TOUR Staff

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga.—A total of $60,000 was awarded to four PGA TOUR player charities Oct. 12 by DePuy Mitek, the “Official Mobile Health and Fitness Provider of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.” The donations that came at The McGladrey Classic conclude the ORTHOVISC PGA TOUR Player Charity Program, where thousands of fans voted for their favorite players among those enrolled in the program.

Of the 28 players participating, the top vote-getter was John Daly, whose charity, the Boys and Girls Club of River Valley Arkansas, will receive $25,000. Following Daly in the voting was Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink and Jonathan Byrd. Furyk's charity, The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation, will receive $15,000. Cink's charity, The Healing Place, will receive $10,000; and Byrd's charity, The Jim Byrd Memorial, will receive $10,000.

“On behalf of my charity, the Boys and Girls Club of River Valley Arkansas, I would like to thank DePuy Mitek for this opportunity,” said Daly. “I am proud to be voted the top player and appreciate all the fans who voted, raising awareness of my charitable efforts. This $25,000 donation will really impact the kids in River Valley Arkansas.”

The Boys and Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. It also provides a safe place to learn and grow.

The ORTHOVISC PGA TOUR Player Charity Program featured a kiosk, provided at nine PGA TOUR events, allowing fans to view information about an enrolled player’s charity and send them a personal “shout out” or text message. Players received thousands of texts over the course of nine events this season. 

“The program was a fun way for players, fans, the PGA TOUR and DePuy Mitek to come together for some great causes,” said Ian Lawson, president, DePuy Mitek. “We thank all the fans for visiting our kiosk, learning about joint health and voting for their favorite players and we congratulate the charities on their awards.” 

DePuy Mitek, a leading developer and manufacturer of orthopaedic sports medicine products including ORTHOVISC for knee pain, sponsors state-of-the-art fitness trailers at TOUR events where players can focus on pre-game and post-tournament workouts, exercise and physical therapy. The sponsorship is part of an effort to educate golfers and fans alike on the importance of keeping their knees healthy and free of pain. 

“My wife and I are excited to place second in this initiative. The $15,000 donation will help the Jim and Tabitha Foundation continue its mission to help families and children in need,” said Jim Furyk. 

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