Letter from Dallas Haun
Earlier this month, celebrations abounded at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament at TPC Summerlin. A large crowd of spectators celebrated as Las Vegas resident Ryan Moore won a one-stroke victory. The tournament celebrated its 30th successful year in Las Vegas with a full calendar of events, including benefits for a number of local not-for-profit organizations, such as The First Tee of Southern Nevada and Boys & Girls Club Henderson/Las Vegas. The third celebration was the one that made perhaps the biggest impression on me. This was the celebration of pride among the Shriners themselves. Wearing their distinctive red fezzes, they circulated about the Summerlin grounds, and the pride and joy they took in their work for the Shriners Hospitals for Children® shone on their faces.
Their pride is justified. From the first hospital established in 1922, this healthcare network has grown to 22 hospitals in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, providing pediatric specialty care to children from around the world. Treating orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, the hospitals provide treatment and services regardless of patients’ ability to pay.
In 2013, a new chapter begins as the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open becomes a full FedEx Cup points tournament. Points earned in FedEx Cup play determine the 125 golfers who will retain their PGA Tour playing privileges. The size of the purse will increase to $6 million. All of these changes are likely to generate even bigger crowds in attendance. Our local businesses, including Nevada State Bank, are doing their part as sponsors to contribute to the Open’s success. A bigger and better future for the tournament translates into children receiving the help that they need at the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Truly a reason to be proud.
President and CEO
Nevada State Bank
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