Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, US Bank, and several other Springfield business are coming together at the Illini Country Club on August 17 to fundraise for the American Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative and efforts to end lung disease.
The event, which was originally set for June 17, was postponed to August 17 because of COVID-19 concerns. The Springfield Golf Classic features two main events, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Corporate Cup and the Golf Classic Scramble. Blue Cross Blue Shield is the presenting sponsor of the event and US Bank is the corporate sponsor.
“With the global COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to fund lung health research, prevention and treatments, but we can’t do it alone. These sponsors are helping us raise critical funding for lung health and our COVID-19 Action Initiative,” said Kelsey Moore, development manager for the Lung Association. “COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, and people with existing respiratory conditions are at a higher risk of severe complications of the disease. During this challenging time, it’s important for all those living with lung disease, including COVID-19 and lung cancer to feel hope, optimism and support.”
Springfield Golf Classic sponsors include:
Bank and Trust
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Heartland Credit Union
Illinois National Bank
Warren-Boynton State Bank
West Star Aviation
Money raised at this year’s Springfield Golf Classic will fund education, advocacy and research to end lung disease. It will also support the Lung Association’s COVID-19 Action Initiative, a $25 million investment to address COVID-19 and protect against future respiratory virus pandemics. The initiative works with public and private entities to increase research collaboration and develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.