Hoag Takes on PGA Tournament Sponsorship

Monday, March 12, 2018

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The Orange County Business Journal has reported that Greater Irvine Chamber Leaders Circle member Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has assumed the title sponsorship of Orange County’s only PGA Tour event, renaming it the Hoag Classic.

The Journal article notes that senior circuit showcase had been known as the Toshiba Classic for more than two decades.

Longtime OC executive and philanthropist Paul Folino was named chairman, replacing Ira Garbutt, who filled the post for 10 years in a run that will likely never be matched.

Hoag Charity Sports, a unit of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, will continue to produce the tournament. Proceeds, which typically amount to about $1 million annually, will benefit the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center and other Hoag programs.

“When Hoag opened its doors more than 65 years ago, our founders envisioned a hospital to serve those in need in Orange County,” Hoag Memorial CEO Robert Braithwaite said in a statement. “The Classic was designed for the very same purpose—to benefit the local community.”

Robert Braithwaite has previously served on the Greater Irvine Chamber Board of Directors.

Read the full article here.

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