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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Frank Cusamamo interview featuring Ascension Charity Classic Ambassador Paul Stankowski

Frank Cusamamo interviews Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson Ambassador Paul Stankowski.

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Scoops with Danny Mac: Ascension Charity Classic 2022 Wrap-Up

We’ve got a great look at this year’s hugely successful PGA Champions Tour tournament, Ascension Charity Classic in North St. Louis. They gave more than a million dollars to charity this year, over $800,000 last year and $225,000 in 2020 even without a tournament. With the PGA’s growing presence in our city, Nick Ragone and his team are talking even bigger and better for years to come. 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

St. Louis American: Ascension Charity Classic raises $1 million for North St. Louis County

Tournament Officials announced that the second playing of the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, concluded September 11, 2022, raised more than $1 million for charitable organizations in North St. Louis County and beyond. The total includes $225,000 for each of the tournament’s primary beneficiaries, Marygrove, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

St. Louis Business Journal: In second year of event, Ascension Charity Classic surpasses inaugural fundraising total

The Ascension Charity Classic on Tuesday said it raised more than $1million in the second year of the PGA Tour Champions tournament.

The proceeds will go to various charitable organizations, mostly in north St. Louis County, including$225,000 each to the tournament's primary beneficiaries: Marygrove, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and Urban League of Metropolitan St.Louis. 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fox 2 Now: Ascension Charity Classic distributes checks to local charities

Giving Tuesday was the right day for the Ascension Charity Classic golf tournament to distribute one point three million dollars in checks to local charities from monies raised from the annual Champions Tour golf tournament. Ascension held a luncheon at Norwood Hill Country Club on Tuesday, site of the Ascension Charity Classic to distribute the money raised. Just two years after the golf event began, the tournament has raised over two million dollars for North County charities.

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Golfweek: APGA Tour's Tim O'Neal earns special exemption to PGA Tour Champions event in St. Louis

Tim O’Neal is set to make a little history in Missouri.

After turning 50 earlier this month, O’Neal has received the first-ever exemption for an APGA Tour player into a PGA Tour Champions event at the Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson, September 9-11 at Norwood Hills Country Club in St. Louis.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

UPI: Ascension Charity Classic Legends Luncheon

LPGA golfer Nancy Lopez makes her remarks during the Ascension Charity Classic Legends Luncheon, at Norwood Hills Country Club in Jennings, Missouri on July 27, 2022

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

KMOX Total Information AM: If there is one thing I hope gets better is the pitching Ozzie Smith

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith joins Tom Ackerman and Carol Daniel talking about the Cardinals and upcoming events including the Ascension Charity Classic.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Hochman: From John Daly to Vijay Singh, golf greats headed to St. Louis for tourney

The names they’re getting are names.

History in golf spikes.

Bernhard Langer, two-time Masters champion.

Vijay Singh, Masters champ and two-time PGA Championship winner.

And John Daly, who won The Open Championship at St. Andrews and, impossibly, the 1991 PGA Championship as the ninth and final alternate.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Sending a message

Promoting diversity and inclusion
When it comes to strengthening the St. Louis region’s economic prowess and unity, some of the area’s top organizations are no longer paying lip service to concepts or writing a check and walking away.
They’re investing in inclusivity and diversity, accelerating community transformation and building trust among their workforce. Top executives discussed their strategies in a “Sending a Message” event May 18 at the Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium.
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Friday, May 27, 2022

PGA TOUR Q&A – Partner Spotlight with Ascension’s Nick Ragone

What do you enjoy most about your partnership with the PGA TOUR? 
NR: What I enjoy most about partnering with the PGA TOUR is the commitment to giving back. Ascension's Mission is to care for and give back to underserved communities, and the PGA TOUR shares that commitment to giving back, investing in, and strengthening local communities. There's a wonderful alignment between the PGA TOUR and Ascension when it comes to investing in communities and making a difference.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

St. Louis Business Journal: Pro sports event backs effort to restore St. Louis-area historic golf course

Two golf initiatives in north St. LouisCounty are pairing up.

The Ascension Charity Classic, anannual PGA Tour Champions eventplayed at Norwood Hills Country Club,said Thursday it has formed a long-term partnership with therevitalization effort at Normandie GolfClub in Bel-Nor.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

101ESPN: Karraker & Smallmon: Nick Ragone, Charity Ascension Classic

Nick Ragone joins the program to break the news on Ascension Charity Classic’s new partnership with Normandie Golf Club and the upcoming Nicklaus renovation, further expanding the ability to reach out to new pars of the community and continue growing North St. Louis County.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

KSDK: Partnership aims to renovate Normandie Golf Course, diversify the game

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A massive renovation effort at the historic Normandie Golf Course has new backers. The Ascension Charity Classic is committing to the project.

Ascension Executive Vice President Nick Ragone says his group will invest in Normandie with financial contributions and upgrades. The course will become a qualifying course for the Ascension Charity Classic and an Advocates Professional Golf Association tournament.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Scoops with Danny Mac

Scoops with Danny Mac features St. Louis native Jay Delsing talking all things Ascension Charity Classic presented by Emerson.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

St. Louis American: Ascension Charity Classic brings professional golf to North County

As the St. Louis region continues to rebound from COVID, the Ascension Charity Classic will be a unique chance to showcase the strength and diversity of North St. Louis County as the tournament is aired live nationally for all three rounds.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021


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, October 8, 2019

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.