November 27, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

USA Receives $130,000 Donation from Point Clear Polo Classic for Mitchell Cancer Institute

Representatives from the Point Clear Polo Classic have made a donation of $130,000 to the University of South Alabama to support the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

The donation was made possible by proceeds from the 2006 Point Clear Polo Classic. The Mitchell Cancer Institute is the primary beneficiary of the charity event, which was held in October. Major sponsors of this year’s event were Joe Bullard Hummer, Joe Bullard Land Rover, Chuck Stevens Imports, Pilot Catastrophe, Lucy Buffett’s Lu Lu's at Homeport Marina, Phase III and Head Companies.

Point Clear Polo co-chairwomen, from left, Valerie Head, Camille Corte and  Anne Nix,
present a $130,000 donation to Mitchell Cancer Institute Director Dr. Michael Boyd,
center, and USA President Gordon Moulton, right.

This is the charitable group’s latest installment in what has been a long history of giving to the University. Point Clear Polo has sponsored USA cancer research for more than a decade, generating approximately $2.5 million in support of an endowed chair in cancer research and other projects, including $200,000 in contributions to Project Hope, a program benefiting pediatric cancer patients at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. This most recent donation will bring the organization’s total contribution to approximately $3 million.

USA President Gordon Moulton said support from groups such as Point Clear Polo is critical to the success of the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

“The University has been a recipient of Point Clear Polo’s generosity for many years,” Moulton said. “Continued support from organizations such as this one will be very important for the long-term development of this type of cancer center. The money is very important, but the belief in this project by community leaders from organizations like Point Clear Polo is even more important.”

Cancer death rates along the Gulf Coast are some of the highest in the nation. Mobile loses 1,200 people per year to cancer, while annual Baldwin County cancer deaths are about 400.

The Mitchell Cancer Institute was created to help prevent, treat and cure cancer in the upper Gulf Coast region. It will increase care and treatment options for cancer patients, providing local access to high technology medicine. 



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