2014 Legends Luncheon Raises Record $800,000 for Nationwide Children’s Hospital

2014 Legends Luncheon

Last weekend wrapped up the 2014 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Founded and hosted by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, the tournament attracts top players to one of the world’s toughest courses. Over the years, the Memorial Tournament has become one of golf’s most anticipated events – and this year didn’t fail to deliver!

The tournament also raises money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, a leading pediatric hospital and research institute in the United States.

Alliance between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation

At Nationwide, we’re honored to be the first local sponsor and partner with the Memorial. Every year, our Sports Marketing Sponsorships, including the Memorial Tournament, raises over $3.2 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Children’s Hospital and the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation formed a charitable alliance in June 2010 to support children’s health and well-being. This new alliance positioned the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation as a top charity of the Memorial Tournament.

Legends Luncheon raised record amount this year

The fourth annual Legends Luncheon on April 23 celebrated the partnership between Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.

The luncheon raises money for research, medical equipment and care in areas of most need at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year’s fundraiser tallied a record $800,000 for the Children’s Health Care Foundation and Children’s Hospital – increasing the event’s 4-year-total now to $1.9 million.

The Legends Luncheon was hosted by Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, together with Nationwide CEO Steve Rasmussen and his wife, Cindy, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital CEO Dr. Steve Allen and his wife, Dr. Jamie Allen.

In support of Griffin Hayden

At the luncheon, the Nicklauses presented the Nicklaus Youth Spirit Award to the family of Griffin Hayden, a 14-year-old patient at Children’s. An outstanding student who loves golf, hockey and lacrosse, Griffin was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in early 2013. He has endured intense chemotherapy with minimal side effects, but learned recently that the leukemia returned. As he prepares to fight cancer again, Griffin remains as positive as ever – a testament to his spirit and character.