Jack Nicklaus Joins Buoniconti Family to Help Raise More Than $5 Million

Jack Nicklaus Hosts 10th Anniversary of Buoniconti Fund Celebrity Golf Invitational to Provide Critical Funding for Research and Clinical Trials

MAY 7, 2012 – Golf icon and philanthropist Jack Nicklaus, along with Nick and Marc Buoniconti, hosted the 10th Annual Buoniconti Fund Celebrity Golf Invitational this week at Nicklaus’ home club and course, The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla. Since its inception 10 years ago, this event has attracted the world’s top business leaders and sports legends, coming together to find a cure for spinal-cord injury. To date, more than $5 million has been raised by this event to fund research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

“My wife Barbara and I are proud to host this event which provides critical funding for such a worthy cause,” Jack Nicklaus said. “We gladly opened the doors of The Bear’s Club to The Buoniconti Fund a decade ago, but it was people sharing the passion and commitment of Nick and Marc who opened their hearts and made this happen.”

“I have always admired Nick. He’s been the leader of a cause born out of the unconditional love of family, and a promise made between a father and son—a promise on its path and with an end in sight. Marc has been both inspirational and aspirational. Through his personal and professional dedication, he has waged a war against spinal-cord injuries. His fight has inspired and motivated all of us. Because of him, all of us aspire to give, to help and to stand up for those who can’t. I feel confident The Miami Project will make it possible that one day, Marc will be able to leave his wheelchair behind and walk up the 18th fairway with me.”

Funds raised through the Buoniconti Fund Celebrity Golf Invitational provide direct support for research into effective treatments, and eventually a cure for paralysis.

“We cannot begin to thank Jack Nicklaus and his amazing family for all they continue to do for us,” said Marc Buoniconti, the President of The Buoniconti Fund. “He has a big heart, a generous spirit and has opened his home to us for 10 years.  Not only is he the greatest golfer who ever lived, but one of the most giving.”