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Largest donation in Wichita Open history presented to KU Wichita Pediatrics

“This partnership brings together the Wichita Open and KU Wichita Pediatrics — two organizations that make Wichita a better place to live,” said Roy Turner, Wichita Open Tournament director.

Dr. Garold Minns, Dr. Pate and Roy Turner hold a giant check
Garold Minns, M.D., dean of KU School of Medicine-Wichita; Brian Pate, M.D., chair of KU Wichita Pediatrics; and Roy Turner, Wichita Open Tournament director, gather around the ceremonial check presented Monday evening, Nov. 8 at The Belmont.

Roy Turner, Wichita Open Tournament director, presented the largest charitable donation in the 32-year history of the event to KU Wichita Pediatrics on Monday, Nov. 8, at The Belmont.

The amount presented was for $100,000.

“A proud moment for the Wichita Open and all its many sponsors,” Turner commented. “This partnership brings together the Wichita Open and KU Wichita Pediatrics — two organizations that make Wichita a better place to live.”

Through necessary clinical services and training future generations of pediatricians, KU Wichita Pediatrics demonstrates its dedication to the health and wellness of children in Wichita and the state of Kansas. Complex problems like the current mental health crises, improving infant survival and sustainably building the many services children need to receive care close to home requires community collaboration. The partnership with the Wichita Open has become one of those critical collaborations. The donation from the Wichita Open will go to advance programs in these areas.

Brian Pate, M.D., chair of KU Wichita Pediatrics, commented, “We started supporting the Wichita Open years ago when we recognized the outstanding work they do on behalf of children. Likewise, the Wichita Open has come to recognize our commitment to children and a growing synergy has developed. We are so grateful to Roy, the Wichita Open staff, the other sponsors and the amazing group of Ambassadors. We look forward to our future partnership on behalf of Wichita’s children.”

In addition to the historic donation to KU Wichita Pediatrics, the tournament raised an additional $180,000 for the following charities:

  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Auggie Navarro Scholarship Foundation
  • Wichita South High School
  • Wichita YMCA
  • Carpenter Place

Turner commented, “An honor to donate and recognize children, these great causes and the great place we call home.”


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