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NWA Children’s Shelter gets $25,000 of LPGA golf “green”
NWA Children’s Shelter gets $25,000 of LPGA golf “green”

HIGHFILL, AR (June 27, 2012) — The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter today received donations totaling $25,000 from the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship and Presenting Sponsor P&G. LPGA golfer Morgan Pressel visited the Children’s Shelter to present the gifts ($20,000 from the golf tournament and $5,000 from P&G) to Children’s Shelter Executive Director Steve Schotta. P&G also donated about $1,500 in personal-care products.

Pressel toured the Children’s Shelter’s new 65,000 square-foot complex, which opened in April of 2011. The donations will be used to help fund the Children’s Shelter’s daily operations.

“On behalf of Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, I want to express my appreciation to the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship and P&G for their generous donations,” said Steve Schotta, the Children Shelter’s Executive Director. “The Children's Shelter operates on a $3.2 million budget, and the reimbursement we receive from the state only covers 20 percent of that amount. We rely on donor support to cover the remaining 80 percent. We are thankful to have members of our community who continually support the Children's Shelter to ensure that we can continue to help as many children as possible.”

“The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter provides vital resources to children in our community, and this donation will help them offer even more care and comfort to those in need,” said Tournament Director David Shoemaker. “We're happy to partner with our tournament sponsors to make a positive impact on children's lives.”

“Procter & Gamble is proud to help such a wonderful organization like the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter,” said Jeff Schomburger, President of P&G’s Walmart Team. “As long-time supporters of the Children’s Shelter, we have seen a great amount of growth and improvement over the years. We know that our donation will help improve the lives of deserving children in Northwest Arkansas.”

About Morgan Pressel

Standing at mere 5 feet, 5 inches tall, Morgan Pressel is not a woman to be underestimated. She became a member of the LPGA in January of 2006, at the tender age of 17. At 18, Pressel became the youngest LPGA player to win a major championship (the Kraft Nabisco Championship). In 2011, she had an impressive seven Top 10 finishes in LPGA Championships, which included runner-up in the Wegmans LPGA Championship, a tie for third

In the Kraft Nabisco Championship and a tie for fourth in the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship. Pressel’s numerous wins have made her one of the top-ranked professional golfers in the world, and in 2011 she surpassed $4 million in career earnings.

Apart from her impressive performances on the links, Morgan Pressel has founded The Morgan Pressel Foundation in memory of her mother, Kathryn Kriskstein Pressel, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2003. With the help of St. Andrews Country Club members and Pressel’s sponsors, the foundation has raised more than $2 million “to aid and support patient care and research,” according to her foundation’s website. As part of the fight against cancer, the Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer charity tournament benefiting the Lynn Cancer Institute in Pressel’s hometown of Boca Raton, Fla., has proven to be a big success, raising more than $1.75 million since 2008. Over the years, Morgan Pressel has proven to be a rising star in the world of golf and philanthropy.

About the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, presented by P&G

Morgan Pressel is part of an impressive field of 144 of the world’s best female golfers who are set to compete in this year’s Walmart Norhtwest Arkansas Championship, Presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. The official LPGA tour event, which is in its sixth year and carries a purse of $2 million (including $300,000 for the winner) is committed to giving back in Northwest Arkansas in significant ways. In 2012, several local charities will receive approximately $400,000 in cash contributions through the tournament. The primary focus of this year’s charitable initiative is the Goodwill Industries’ POWER program, which helps women in Benton and Washington Counties who are living in poverty and unemployed obtain employment and enter the workforce. Through a collective grant from the tournament and the Walmart Foundation, the POWER program will receive a contribution of approximately $350,000 in connection with this year's tournament. Several other local charities (including Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter) also are receiving contributions.

About the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is a private, non-profit organization that provides 24-hour emergency residential care to children and teens from throughout Arkansas who are victims of abuse or neglect. The 48-bed Children’s Shelter, which currently serves about 500 children per year, has served more than 6,100 children since opening its doors at Vaughn (southwest of Bentonville) in 1993. Children may stay up to 45 days in a six-month period, until they can be placed in foster care or return to their families. For more information, visit www.nwacs.org.

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