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Wilson Back in Wisconsin Helping the MACC Fund

Michael O'Bryon

June 24, 2011

ERIN, Wisc.— Mark Wilson is set to play a special round of golf on June 27 at Erin Hills Golf Club as he serves as honorary chairman of the Lake Country Charity Invitational. Wilson, a two-time PGA TOUR winner in 2011, will play with three teams which were leading fund-raisers for the annual Invitational sponsored by Hartland’s Arrowhead High School for the benefit of the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund. 

A team of four golfers each from Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine and Whitnall High Schools will each play six holes with Wilson on the host site of the this year’s U.S. Amateur and the future home of the 2017 U.S. Open.

Wilson will tee off with the first team and then rotate to the other teams. All of the teams will each play 18 holes. As part of the day, Wilson, who supports children battling cancer and blood disorders, has indicated he will contribute $25 to the fund-raiser for every par the players make. Wilson has committed to $50 for every birdie.

The MACC Fund has benefited from the Lake Country Charity Invitational since 2007. Tom Tallmadge, Arrowhead High golf coach and a former Wisconsin High School coach of the year, received the MACC Fund’s 2011 Don Contardi Commitment Award for his work leading this Invitational at the Chili’s MACC Open on June 6 at Tuckaway Country Club. The award honors the memory of Contardi, an early MACC Fund board member, and is the only award the MACC Fund gives annually to someone who shared Contardi’s commitment to helping children.

The Invitational features some of the finest teams in the state and has contributed $190,000 to the MACC Fund during the past five years. The 2011 edition held on April 29 at Western Lakes Country Club raised $45,000. Wilson has been the Invitational’s honorary chair each year. As a high school freshman, he was a member of the Wisconsin Lutheran High School team that won the state championship. 

A member of the MACC Fund’s Honorary Athletic Board, Wilson’s Making a Mark Fore MACC program contributes money for every PGA TOUR cut he makes. He also contributes additional funds for every top-10, top-20 and top-30 finish. Wilson and his wife, Amy, have contributed $175,000 to the MACC Fund in the past seven years, the largest amount ever donated to the MACC Fund by a professional athlete.

The MACC Fund supports pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research in Wisconsin at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the MACC Fund Research Center, at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and at the University of Wisconsin’s Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center in the MACC Fund Childhood Cancer Research Wing. 

The MACC Fund is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2011. Since its inception in 1976, the MACC Fund has contributed $40 million to research. The MACC Fund is committed to supporting research to find a cure while honoring those who have died.



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