Feb. 24 - Mar. 1, 2020



2016 Honda Classic Volunteer Challenge Donation
Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation Selected as Charity of Choice to Receive Donation from Honda Classic PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation was honored to receive a $10,000 donation during the PGA TOUR’s prestigious Honda Classic as a result of the tournament’s PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron). The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is a friendly, charity-focused contest in which tournament volunteers compete to collect the largest number of votes from supporters.

When online voting concluded during tournament week, the volunteer with the most votes had the opportunity to present a $10,000 check to Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation on behalf of Astellas Pharma US, Inc. Honda Classic volunteer Richard Heckel from Fort Pierce, Fla., was named the winner after collecting the most votes.

Heckel had the chance to present the check to Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation during a special ceremony at the Honda Classic on Championship Sunday and appreciated the opportunity to help make a difference for residents served through Nicklaus Children’s Healthcare Foundation.

The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq® is a fun, friendly vote-for-me competition taking place at 16 tournaments during the 2016 PGA TOUR season. The initiative is designed to raise funds for charity while recognizing the talent, passion and commitment of the PGA TOUR’s more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide who have helped the TOUR achieve more than $2.14 billion in charitable giving to date.

“Astellas is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR as both organizations share a deep commitment to the power of volunteerism,” said Walt Johnston, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Urology and Hospital, Astellas Pharma US, Inc. “We are honored to be part of the PGA TOUR’s philanthropic legacy by donating close to

$1 million to tournament charities over the course of the sponsorship and collaborating on this unique opportunity to give back to the communities where we work and live.”

Astellas first became a PGA TOUR sponsor in early 2013 and continues to focus on sponsoring programs that inspire, educate and foster community support of charitable organizations in local communities. For more information on the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, please visit

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