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Thursday, July 22

Missouri Division of Tourism announced as a Founding Partner of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson


Missouri Division of Tourism joins Centene Corporation as co-presenting sponsor of inaugural Legends Luncheon featuring golf greats Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson

 

TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS SEVERAL NEW OFFICIAL PARTNER COMMITMENTS

LOUIS (July 22, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced today its newest Founding Partner, Missouri Division of Tourism. Both the State of Missouri and the tournament are committed to supporting the region, including generating meaningful charitable dollars in North St. Louis County and the surrounding areas that are working to foster hope and better communities.

“I am very pleased that the State of Missouri will join other distinguished sponsors in support of this event,” said Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe. “I am grateful for the Ascension Charity Classic’s on-going philanthropic efforts and support of the North St. Louis County region. This official PGA TOUR Champions event will be a great opportunity to promote some of Missouri’s greatest tourism assets with the world.”

Additionally, Missouri Division of Tourism has joined forces with Centene Corporation to serve as a co-presenting sponsor of the Ascension Charity Classic’s Legends Luncheon set to take place later this month on July 29 at Norwood Hills Country Club. As a result, the name of the tournament’s new charity event is now the Legends Luncheon presented by Centene and Missouri Division of Tourism.

“The Ascension Charity Classic creates a terrific opportunity to share Missouri with a global audience, and further enhances our state’s reputation as a premier travel and golf destination,” said Stephen Foutes, Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism. “Golf fans, and viewers, are sure to enjoy watching this field of Champions Tour players in action, while also appreciating the tournament’s charitable components that help make this event a big win for Missouri.”

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Wednesday, July 7

St. Louis sports icons Ozzie Smith and Craig Berube join the Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson - Pairings Announced


Legends Charity Challenge exhibition to benefit First Tee of Greater St. Louis and PGA REACH Gateway

ST. LOUIS (July 7, 2021) – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson announced today that former St. Louis Cardinals Hall-of-Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup-winning head coach Craig Berube are the third and fourth members of the tournament’s signature event, the Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology. Smith and Berube join golf’s greatest champion Jack Nicklaus and Missouri native and World Golf Hall-of-Famer Tom Watson to create a powerhouse foursome that will compete in an exhibition match to benefit charity.

The Legends Charity Challenge will take place on Saturday, September 11, following the final pairing of the tournament’s second round, and will begin on Hole No. 10 at Norwood Hills Country Club.

“Bringing together two St. Louis legends like ‘The Wizard’ and our Stanley Cup-winning coach Craig Berube, with arguably the greatest golfers of all time, is a dream come true for our inaugural event,” said Nick Ragone, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Ascension. “It’s going to be one highlight of so many for St. Louis fans and most importantly, proceeds will benefit two amazing charitable organizations.”

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Tuesday, March 9

Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson to Headline Inaugural Legends Luncheon for the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson


With tickets for the 2021 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson now on sale, tournament officials today announced a new charity event to be headlined by golf’s greatest champion Jack Nicklaus and Missouri native and World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson. The inaugural Legends Luncheon will take place on Thursday, July 29, at Norwood Hills Country Club.

The Legends Luncheon will showcase Nicklaus and Watson sharing stories from their playing days and a
Q&A with attendees. Luncheon attendance will be limited to the purchase of tables of 10 with all
proceeds benefiting charity, including the tournament’s three primary beneficiaries. Support for the
Legends Luncheon can be secured through emailing abyrd@ascensioncharityclassic.com or by calling the
tournament office at 314-938-2828.

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Thursday, February 18

Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson welcomes Hale Irwin, Tom Lehman and Billy Andrade as Tournament Brand Ambassadors


ST. LOUIS – The Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, the PGA TOUR Champions event that will be hosted at Norwood Hills Country Club, announced today that three players, including World Golf Hall of Fame and all-time PGA TOUR Champions career winner Hale Irwin, have joined the team as brand ambassadors for the inaugural tournament, which will take place this fall during the week of Sept. 6-12.

Irwin, a Missouri native, has 45 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including six major championships, and he has claimed two Charles Schwab Cup titles. Irwin is a 20-time winner on the PGA TOUR, including three U.S. Open victories.

Hale Irwin will be joined on the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson ambassador team by former The Open Champion Tom Lehman and four-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Andrade. Lehman has notched 12 PGA TOUR Champions victories, including three senior major championship wins and two Charles Schwab Cup titles, while Andrade has recorded three victories since turning 50.

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Wednesday, February 17

NICK RAGONE


By Nathan Rubbelke  –  Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal

Feb 18, 2021 Updated Feb 19, 2021, 6:55am CST

When Nick Ragone joined Ascension in 2014, the St. Louis-based health system was focused on creating a more integrated operating model.

Key to that effort was a national rebranding to include the unified Ascension name on all of Ascension’s local health systems and locations. It’s an effort of which Ragone has been at the forefront of in his role as executive vice president and chief marketing and communications officer for the nonprofit Catholic health system with more than 2,600 sites of care.

Today, Ascension’s rebranding initiative is about 95% complete.

“To our knowledge, it’s the largest ever rebrand in the health care space,” Ragone said.

Ragone has also helped spearhead the Ascension Charity Classic, a senior professional golf tournament set to hold its inaugural event later this year at Norwood Hills Country Club. Net proceeds from the event will go to local charitable organizations.

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Tuesday, November 10

NEW STAFF ANNOUNCEMENT FOR ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON


Alonzo Byrd named Director of Business Development and Community Engagement of first-year PGA TOUR Champions event    

 

ST. LOUIS – Officials of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson today announced that longtime St. Louis-area business and civic leader Alonzo Byrd has been named director of business development and community engagement of the HNS Sports Group managed, first-year PGA TOUR Champions event at Norwood Hills Country Club.

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Wednesday, October 7

TICKETS, PRO-AM PACKAGES, AND HOSPITALITY OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2021 ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON


Celebrity Exhibition - Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology - featuring Jack Nicklaus announced for inaugural tournament

ST. LOUIS – Tournament Officials announced today that tickets for the 2021 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson are now available for purchase at www.ascensioncharityclassic.com. The inaugural PGA TOUR Champions event is set to be played the week of September 6¾12 at renowned Norwood Hills Country Club. Two types of weekly admission options are available, a Clubhouse Ticket as well as a Grounds Ticket. Daily tickets are also offered. Tickets start at $20, and kids 16 and under can attend for free with a ticketed adult.

The tournament also announced today the details surrounding the event’s Official Pro-Am Tournaments and hospitality options. Pro-Am participants will play side-by-side with the greats of golf on Wednesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 9, on the tournament course at Norwood Hills. Hospitality options range from private or shared venues that provide a premiere experience and serve as an ideal way to entertain clients, reward customers and network with other business leaders. Additional details are available at www.ascensioncharityclassic.com.

In related news, it was announced today that the Legends Charity Challenge presented by World Wide Technology will join the 2021 tournament week schedule of events on Saturday, September 11. The Legends Charity Challenge competition will feature golf’s greatest champion Jack Nicklaus together with three additional celebrity members to create a powerhouse foursome that will play a nine-hole exhibition match at Norwood Hills to benefit charity. Additional details, including celebrity participants, pairings and charitable impact will be announced soon.

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Friday, October 2

CONVERSATION WITH GOLF’S GREATS SHINES BRIGHT LIGHT ON DAY OF GIVING FOR THE ASCENSION CHARITY CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EMERSON


Tournament donates $225,000 in support of North St. Louis County communities and Ascension Charity Classic charities


ST. LOUIS
– The Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson yesterday officially kicked off its countdown to the inaugural tournament, that will now be contested September 6¾12, 2021, by hosting a round of golf at the tournament’s host venue, Norwood Hills Golf and Country Club, and a special virtual conversation with golf legends, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Hale Irwin, moderated by PGA TOUR Champions professional and Ascension Ambassador Billy Andrade. The exclusive chat was also available for select guests via a virtual livestream option.

“It is such a privilege to be a part of an event that is positively impacting St. Louis and north county in my home state of Missouri,” said Tom Watson. “I’m excited to see professional golf return to a region that is filled with passionate, dedicated fans with a history of charity giving and community engagement.”

During the day of celebration, the Ascension Charity Classic announced a $225,000 donation in support of North St. Louis County communities, with $75,000 given to each of the tournament’s three primary beneficiaries, Marygrove, a residential treatment and support facility for children and teens struggling with debilitating emotional and behavioral issues resulting from abuse, neglect and other trauma; the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis.

“While we’re disappointed that we had to postpone the inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, we’re delighted that we were still able to deliver charitable donations to our three primary beneficiaries,” said Nick Ragone, Ascension Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer.  “The St. Louis community has rallied around this event and understands the impact it will have on north county for years to come. We’re already planning for a spectacular inaugural event in September of 2021!”

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Friday, August 7

The inaugural Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson rescheduled for 2021 due to health concerns related to COVID-19


Revitalization of North St. Louis County communities and support of tournament charities remain focus this year

 

ST. LOUIS – The PGA TOUR Champions and Ascension announced today that the 2020 Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson and associated events scheduled for September 28 – October 4 will be canceled this year due to the on-going health crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result of continued concerns and the serious impact of the COVID-19 virus throughout the country and specifically within St. Louis and St. Louis County, tournament organizers have made the decision to move the inaugural event to 2021. Tournament officials have worked closely with the St. Louis County health department and local officials throughout this pandemic to continuously monitor and assess the situation. “It’s not what any of us wanted, but the PGA TOUR and Ascension made the right decision for our region,” said Winston Calvert, Chief of Staff to St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.

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Wednesday, June 24

Community Impact of Ascension Charity Classic Boosted with Sponsorships from Emerson and World Wide Technology


ST. LOUIS – Two St. Louis-based companies, Emerson and World Wide Technology, have signed on for four-year sponsorship commitments to the Ascension Charity Classic golf tournament to be held in North St. Louis County the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2020.

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Friday, November 15

Tickets Now Available for the Inaugural Ascension Charity Classic


First annual PGA TOUR Champions event set to debut the week of September 28 – October 4, 2020 at Norwood Hills Country Club.

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Tuesday, October 8

Professional Golf is Returning to St. Louis in 2020 with the Ascension Charity Classic


On Tuesday at Norwood Hills Country Club, in North County, the PGA announced that the PGA Tour Champions—a group of professional golfers age 50 and older, including 33 members of the World Golf Hall of Fame—will begin a four-year tour in partnership with the nonprofit Catholic health care system Ascension in 2020.

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Tuesday, October 8

PGA TOUR Champions Coming to St. Louis


ST. LOUIS – PGA TOUR Champions and Ascension today announced a four-year partnership to host a new professional golf tournament in St. Louis. The Ascension Charity Classic will debut September 28 – October 4, 2020 at Norwood Hills Country Club in North County. It’s the first time the PGA TOUR has hosted an annual event in the St. Louis region since 2001, and the first major sporting event in recent times to be hosted in North County. All proceeds to benefit North County and St. Louis Charities.

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