Department of Pediatrics’ First PGA Partnership a Hole in One

With a perfect mixture of South Florida’s best weather, the world’s best golfers, and many wonderful supporters, the Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics completed its inaugural partnership with the PGA Tour at the WGC Cadillac Championship, March 5-9.

Through the PGA’s “Tickets Fore Charity,” the department raised funds from ticket sales to support programming and faculty development, while also connecting with new and established supporters of pediatrics at UHealth, the University of Miami Health System. Plans are already underway for the 2015 tournament and a committee is being formed to help boost ticket sales across Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Throughout the weekend, Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, professor and interim Chair of Pediatrics, and Danny Armstrong, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics, met with community leaders as well as longtime supporters of the department. Among the families who brought their children out to enjoy the day was the Perez family, who have two children with Fragile X Syndrome. The oldest, William, and his mother, Rosie, were interviewed by Univision about the care they receive from a team of Miller School physicians.

More than 50 guests joined them to watch professional golfers as they made their way to the 18th green at the newly renovated Trump National Doral. With a two-shot lead, Patrick Reed became the youngest winner in the history of the World Golf Championships and provided an exciting finish to the event. Guests not only socialized and watched a gripping sporting event, but also explored the luxurious Trump Clubhouse, and collected autographs from the golfers.

“The Department of Pediatrics was delighted to be on the green with our supporters, watching a healthy sport in which kids can remain active all their lives,” said Schaechter. “The WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral has become so very ‘Miami,’ and we are equally excited to be a part of such a great Miami event.”

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