Tuesday, October 18, 2005

PGA Tour Challenge Results In Gift

LAS VEGAS - Ted Purdy was named this week's CRESTOR(R) (rosuvastatin calcium) Charity Challenge winner for his first-place standing entering the final round of the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. The CRESTOR(R) Charity Challenge is a season-long competition that recognizes and rewards the tournament leader entering the final round at 35 PGA TOUR events.

Through the program, now in its second year, AstraZeneca will donate $3.5 million a year to designated health and PGA TOUR charities. At each of the selected tournaments, a $100,000 contribution will be made, supporting the PGA TOUR's "Drive to a Billion" campaign which celebrates the spirit of giving that has helped the TOUR and its tournaments approach the milestone of $1 billion dollars in charitable giving.

For Purdy's performance, CRESTOR, an AstraZeneca pharmaceutical product, and the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas will donate $50,000 to Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. In addition, $50,000 will be donated to the health care charity of Purdy's choice. CRESTOR(R) Charity Challenge winners and the tournament's designated charity will be recognized during the network or cable telecast of each tournament.

Last year, Tom Lehman was in the lead entering the final round of the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. For his performance, AstraZeneca donated $50,000 to the Las Vegas Founders' Club, and Lehman donated $50,000 to the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

"Just as AstraZeneca provides important tools in managing our health, they are continuing to show their care and concern for the special children and families that we serve," said Jeffrey Gordon, president/CEO of the Foundation. "With this most generous donation by the CRESTOR(R) Charity Challenge and AstraZeneca, we will be able to provide hope, courage, and triumph to so many deserving families through Project A.R.K., which is our social services division."

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