LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The King Southern Bank Derby Festival Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament returns to Louisville in 2013 with a new Honorary Chair. The tournament tees off at noon on Tuesday, April 16, at Big Spring Country Club. University of Louisville Women’s Head Basketball Coach Jeff Walz is Honorary Chair of the tournament this year and will also play.
“This is an exciting year for Louisville and the Cards and we couldn’t think of a better person to name Honorary Chair of our annual golf tournament,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO.
Said Jim King, President of Kentucky Southern Bank, “We are excited to host the Pro-Am at Big Spring this year. The course is a professional quality venue that will challenge our players.”
King Southern Bank has been title sponsor of the event since 2005. This year’s tournament will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a special charity for the King family. “We were very pleased to select the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the beneficiary of the tournament profits,” said King. “Our family has been impacted personally by these diseases and we know the importance of their work.”
The tournament includes lunch, golf with a local professional, cocktail reception, silent auction and participant gifts. This year’s tournament features several prize packages and cash prizes for the teams and pros. Hole-in-one prizes include a Honda Odyssey from Sam Swope Honda World, his/hers Rolex watches from Davis Jewelers, and a $500 gift card from Golf Galaxy. KPGA and 1450 AM The Sports Buzz are contributing sponsors of the event.
Since it was first held in 1974, the Pro-Am Golf Tournament has raised more than $300,000 for a wide variety of charitable organizations. The Derby Festival Pro-Am Golf Tournament started in 1974 as the Philip Morris/Kentucky Derby Festival Pro-Am Golf Tournament and has been a popular and elite tournament in Kentuckiana ever since. Over the years, the event has featured celebrities such as Pee Wee Reese, Pee Wee King, George Blanda and Denny Crum.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, a 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit charity, receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., its supporters and the general public. The Foundation perpetuates the Festival’s impact on the community by developing projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area's cultural heritage. It works to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 375 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.