Bob Hope Classic donation

Here is a release regarding a $60,000 donation the Bob Hope Classic made in the name of ousted host George Lopez and his wife Ann.




Charitable contribution will cover expenses for three Kidney Early Evaluation Program screenings

in the Coachella Valley, accommodating 300 participants

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. The Bob Hope Chrysler Classic announced it will make a $60,000 donation to the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California in the name of 2007 and 2008 tournament host George Lopez and his wife, Ann the foundations national spokespeople.

The contribution, taken from the tournaments Special Grants Fund, will go towards the foundations Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) designed to screen those at increased risk for kidney disease because of high blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney disease and will fit the bill for three screenings in the Coachella Valley, accommodating 300 participants.

Since the inception of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 1960, the tournament has donated over $45.5 million to charities throughout the Coachella Valley. In 2007, over $1.6 million was raised for charity, and at least as much charitable contribution is expected for 2008.

Our chief mission is to give back to the community that hosts and supports the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, tournament President Dave Erwin said. We are proud to be in a position to help the National Kidney Foundation with their endeavors. We thought it fitting that this gesture comes from George and Ann Lopez, who serve the National Kidney Foundation, and served our tournament, with such a high regard for excellence.

I have enjoyed hosting the tournament for the past two years and I am grateful for the Classics donation to the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California, George Lopez added. Many lives will benefit as a result of their generosity.

The National Kidney Foundation of Southern California, based in Encino, serves 10 counties from San Diego County to San Luis Obispo County and seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. Most people at risk are unaware of the symptoms or causes of kidney disease.

Were so grateful for the donation, which will enable us to launch our first three KEEP screenings in the Coachella Valley, said Linda Small, Executive Director of the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. There are two million people in Southern California with kidney disease and another two million people at risk. I know this is close to the heart of our spokespeople, George and Ann Lopez.

In addition to KEEP, the foundations key programs include the childrens, teen and fall family camp, research, patient emergency financial assistance, the Holiday of Hope Program, conferences and scientific symposiums, health fairs and public education. The organization already supports the Coachella Valley through its Childrens Camp, the Scientific Symposium, the patient emergency fund and patient referrals and education.

The 50th-annual Bob Hope Chrysler Classic is Jan. 19-25. For further details, visit

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