Champions Tour Event Extend Boeing Title Sponsorship

August 26, 2011

The Boeing Company will continue as title sponsors of the Boeing Classic, Golf’s Champions Tour event with the host venue Snoqualmie Ridge staying the same through 2014.

The 2011 Boeing Classic, held Aug. 22-28, will be contested for the seventh year after being played for the first time in 2005 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. During that period the tournament has raised over $3 million for The Heart Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Jim Albaugh, chief executive officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “Extending the relationship with our tournament partners to sponsor this exciting Champions Tour event is a great opportunity to participate in the community, help local charitable organizations, and spend time with our industry partners. This event has raised more than three million dollars since it began to support The Virginia Mason Medical Center, and we are delighted to be part of it.”

Last year, the Boeing Classic was the recipient of the Presidents Award, the most prestigious award of the five annual Champions Tour tournament awards.

“Boeing has been a great partner for the Champions Tour over the years and we look forward to continued success in the Seattle market with the Boeing Classic,” Champions Tour President Mike Stevens said.

The community takes great pride in being an integral part of the planning, execution and ultimate success of the tournament.

“The hard work and dedication from our staff and volunteers has established the Boeing Classic as one of the premier community events of the summer in the Northwest as well as one of the best events on the Champions Tour,” said Chairman and CEO Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Tournament Co-Chair Gary Kaplan, M.D. “And all of us associated with The Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason are especially gratified to acknowledge that our patients and our community benefit most from the continued success of the Boeing Classic due to the support it provides for the world-class autoimmune research underway at the Benaroya Research Institute.”

“We are very pleased to have TPC Snoqualmie Ridge as the host venue of the Boeing Classic through 2014,” said William Keogh, President & CEO of BrightStar Golf Group LLC, owners of TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. “Our members and their guests enjoy the opportunity to see these great Champions Tour professionals up close as they compete for the title on their course.”