University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

November 16, 2006
Contact: Keith Ayers, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6211

USA To Receive Donation from Point Clear Polo Classic for Mitchell Cancer Institute

Polo at the Point
Polo at the Point

Representatives from the Point Clear Polo Classic will make a donation of more than $100,000 to the University of South Alabama to support the Mitchell Cancer Institute at 3 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the President’s Conference Room at the USA Administration Building.

The donation was made possible by proceeds from the 2006 Point Clear Polo Classic. The Mitchell Cancer Institute is the primary beneficiary of the charity event, which was held in October.

This is the charitable group’s latest installment in what has been a long history of giving to the University. Point Clear Polo has sponsored USA cancer research for more than a decade, generating approximately $2.5 million in support of an endowed chair in cancer research and other projects, including $200,000 in contributions to Project Hope, a program benefiting pediatric cancer patients at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. This most recent donation will bring the organization’s total contribution to approximately $3 million.

USA President Gordon Moulton said support from groups such as Point Clear Polo is critical to the success of the Mitchell Cancer Institute.

“The University has been a recipient of Point Clear Polo’s generosity for many years,” Moulton said. “Continued support from organizations such as this one will be very important for the long-term development of this type of cancer center. The money is very important, but the belief in this project by community leaders from organizations like Point Clear Polo is even more important.”

Cancer death rates along the Gulf Coast are some of the highest in the nation. Mobile loses 1,200 people per year to cancer, while annual Baldwin County cancer deaths are about 400.

The Mitchell Cancer Institute was created to help prevent, treat and cure cancer in the upper Gulf Coast region. It will increase care and treatment options for cancer patients, providing local access to high technology medicine.

For details, contact Keith Ayers at 460-6211.

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