Allianz Championship Announces Appointment of New Chairman and Four New Directors to 2010-2011 Board
12/23/2010

Brent Colston Takes Board Leadership Helm; William “Bill” Berger, Patti Hamilton, J.C. Perrin, and Ivan Synder Join As Directors of 2010-2011 Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (Brcgc) Board.

Online PR News – 23-December-2010 – – A new chairman of the board and four new directors have been appointed to the Boca Raton Champions Golf Charities (BRCGC) board for the fifth annual Allianz Championship, a PGA Champions Tour event to be held Feb. 7-13 2010 at The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton. The announcement was made by Allianz Championship Tournament Director Ryan Dillon and Mike “MJ” Arts, outgoing BRCGC board chairman.

Brent Colson, President-Southern Region, Konica Minolta, who has served on the BRCGC for three years has been appointed 2010-2011 chairman of the BRCGC board of directors, with William “Bill” Berger-Senior Partner, Greenspoon Marder, P.A; Patti Hamilton- Vice President, Southern Waste Systems; J.C. Perrin – Senior Vice President, U.S. Trust; and Ivan Snyder-President, Broken Sound Club joining as directors of the BRCGC board that serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the annual Boca Raton event as well as the oversight group for the distribution of all charitable funds. All net tournament proceeds will benefit Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Champions Tour events generate significant sums of money for charity; the three tours of the PGA and their tournaments reached the $1.5 billion mark in charitable, more than all other professional sports combined.

Berger, Hamilton, Perrin, and Snyder join long-standing BRCGC board members: Don Allison,-Partner, Gillespie & Allison, PA; Mike “MJ” Arts-past BRCGC Board Chairman; Gary Bhojwani – President & CEO, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America; Hollis Cavner-President, Pro Links Sports; John Crean-Ex-officio General Manager, Broken Sound Club; Jim Dunn – Vice President & General Manager, JM Lexus; Jerry Fedele-President and CEO, Boca Raton Regional Hospital; Mark Gensheimer – President, Penn-Florida Companies; Nancy Jones-Chief Marketing Officer, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America; J. Scott McCleneghen-Managing Senior Vice President, City National Bank of Florida; Keith O’Donnell-Managing Director, Flagler Real Estate Services.; David Rosenberg- Founder, Rosenberg Diamonds; Jan Savarick-President & Executive Director, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation; Dick Schmidt-Chairman of the Board, Boca Raton Regional Hospital President, Schmidt Companies; and Susan Whelchel-Mayor, City of Boca Raton.

"We are pleased to have longtime board member Brent Colston take the helm this year and add four new accomplished, community-focused leaders to our board to support the 2011 Allianz Championship,” noted Dillon. “They each bring an abundance of diverse personal and business relationships that will further empower the board and the tournament team to making this year’s tournament the best yet.”

The tournament is managed by Pro Links Sports, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Directing six tournaments on the Champions Tour schedule, all are continuously voted in the top ten tournaments by the players. This reputation attracts the top golfers on the PGA Championship Tour to Boca Raton, along with other legends of golf.

The week-long fifth annual Allianz Championship schedule of events includes three days of championship play from Friday through Sunday, Feb. 11th-13th plus a first Annual Women’s Executive Pro-Am on Tuesday, Feb. 8th with an Executive Pro-Am Pairings Party that evening; two days of Executive Pro-Am play on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 9th and 10th; a second annual Golf & Wine Experience at the close of first day of championship play, Friday, Feb. 11th; and a first annual Allianz Championship Fairway 5K/Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 12th. This year the Allianz Championship has also added a “Birdies Fore Charity” fundraising program through which participating nonprofit organizations solicit pledges from supporters based on the number of birdies made by PGA Champions Tour players during the three-day championship play.

The Allianz Championship, with free general admission on all three championship play days, will be held on The Old Course at Broken Sound Club, located at 1401 NW 51st Street, (Yamato Road), Boca Raton, FL 33431. The tournament office is located at 6450 E. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33487. For more information, contact 561-241-GOLF (4653); fax 561-241-4658, or visit www.allianzchampionship.com.

About Allianz Championship-In addition to bringing the legendary champions of golf to Boca Raton for a celebrated week-long PGA Champions Tour event, the Allianz Championship will be driving all net proceeds to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida will play host to the event Feb. 7-13, 2011. The Allianz Championship with a purse of $1.7 million, is the Champions Tour’s first tournament of the early-season Florida swing with the Golf Channel televising live all three rounds of the championship from The Old Course at Broken Sound Club. Visit www.allianzchampionship.com for updates, to purchase VIP tickets, and learn more about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

About Allianz Life-Founded in 1896, Allianz Life provides an array of annuities and life insurance products in the U.S. through a nationwide network of independent distribution. The company is part of Allianz SE, a global financial services group that is the 20th largest company in the world based on revenues (Fortune Global 500, August 2009), employing nearly 155,000 people worldwide.

About Broken Sound Club-Broken Sound is considered one of the premier golf course communities in Palm Beach County, FL. It features resort-style, country club living in 28 private villages and has 23 tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness/spa center, aquatic area, dining facilities and two of the finest golf courses in South Florida. The original Broken Sound Club, now affectionately known as the "Old Course", was founded in 1978 and designed by Joe Lee. It will host the Allianz Championship. Gene Bates completed a redesign of the Old Course in January 2004. The Old Course features an abundance of trees unique to South Florida and rolling fairways that give it a feel similar to courses in the Pinehurst, NC area. It includes the largest stand of natural Florida maples trees in the county. The Club Course, another Lee design, was opened in 1985 and also recently renovated by Bates. Broken Sound is located on the north side of Yamato Road on Old Course Way between Congress Avenue and Military Trail.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital-Serving the community since 1967, Boca Raton Community Hospital has 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians with privileges. Areas of expertise include cancer, cardiovascular disease & surgery and women’s health. Proceeds from this year’s Allianz Championship will support the Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. With our country facing a nursing shortage of unheard of proportions, this initiative becomes an extremely important tool in our mission to attract and retain the highest caliber nursing staff in the country and to help our nurses discover a myriad of personal and professional opportunities, including scholarships that support their professional growth. For almost half a century, philanthropy has been an integral component of Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s success. Today, community support is more important than ever. For more information about the Foundation and its fundraising initiatives that support the mission of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, please call 561-955-4142.