Supporters of Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville gathered Friday, Aug. 24 at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach for its sixth annual An Evening of Promise event.
Featuring cocktails, dinner, live music and both silent and live auctions, the event was held to benefit childhood diabetes education and research at Nemours.
“I’d like to thank each and every one of you who are here this evening, and particularly our sponsors,” said Dr. Michael Erhard, Nemours Children’s Health System’s physician in chief for Florida operations. “Many have been with us for many, many years, some maybe for the first time, (but) it doesn’t matter to us. We appreciate you being on the journey, and tonight’s a special evening for us as we really focus on one of our very significant programs here at Nemours in Jacksonville.”
A pediatric health system serving patients in Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, Nemours aims to provide quality leadership, institutions and services for the purpose of improving children’s health, regardless of their financial status. As part of that mission, Nemours funds research in a wide range of medical areas that impact children, including Type 1 diabetes.
In his remarks, Erhard voiced his gratitude toward THE PLAYERS Championship for not only hosting the event, but also offering Nemours Children’s Specialty Care a generous $500,000 donation as part of the tournament’s ongoing charitable initiatives.
PGA Tour Chief Operating Officer Ron Price, advising that he’d had the opportunity to witness firsthand the “life-changing care” that children receive at Nemours, said that THE PLAYERS Championship was honored to be able to give back to the community through the clinic.
“At THE PLAYERS Championship, we support over 300 charities from the proceeds of our event on an annual basis, and it’s important to us that when we select charitable partners, we select partners whose good works both enrich and positively impact the people’s lives in this community,” Price said. “We could not have selected a more deserving partner than Nemours, and we’re proud to join all of you in supporting and acknowledging the truly amazing work that they do.”