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CENTURY CLUB CHARITIES/SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP DONATES $1.2 MILLION TO FRIENDS OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

JACKSON, Miss. (January 19, 2018)

This afternoon, Century Club Charities, host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, presented a record $1.2 million gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital.

Jeff Hubbard, Century Club Charities president, said, “The mission of Century Club Charities is to promote the game of golf to benefit Mississippi charities. Having Sanderson Farms as our title sponsor enables us to proudly give our primary donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital, as well as a number of other donations to worthy Mississippi charities.”

This year’s gift is earmarked for the nonprofit’s $20 million pledge to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, a philanthropic effort of the University of Mississippi Medical Center that is helping fund construction of a seven-story, 340,000-square-foot pediatric tower adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital.

Ground was broken on the project December 1, and construction is beginning this month. The tower is set to open August 2020.

The tower will be home to 88 private neonatal intensive care rooms, 10 additional operating rooms, more pediatric intensive care space, a pediatric imaging center, an outpatient clinic, and a new lobby. The Children’s Heart Center, representing the Medical Center’s pediatric cardiovascular program, will also call the new building home.

Friends of Children’s Hospital Chairman of the Board, Sidney Allen, shared, “Friends of Children’s Hospital is so thankful for the support provided by Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship. The contribution from the 2017 tournament is incredible, and it will enable Friends to make a huge step toward fulfilling the goal of the capital campaign.”

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said, “The growth of Children’s of Mississippi will be transformational. Our new children’s tower will match the incredible skills of our physicians and staff with the surroundings and technology needed to offer our children the best care close to home. UMMC’s missions of educating the next generation of physicians and innovation through research will be strengthened by this project, which will also attract more pediatric specialists to the state.”

Children’s of Mississippi leaders anticipate recruiting 30-40 new physicians in the next five years as the new pediatric tower is built and after it is opened, since it will provide additional capacity. At a minimum, about 50-75 staff positions, not including physicians, would be added after construction.

Guy Giesecke, CEO of Children’s of Mississippi, said the partnership between Century Club Charities and Friends of Children’s Hospital is resulting in vast improvements in pediatrics at UMMC. “We are so grateful for this relationship and for the tremendous contributions that have come as a result of the success of the Sanderson Farms Championship.”

“Every year that Sanderson Farms is a part of this event, we grow more proud of all that it accomplishes and what that means to the state of Mississippi and the families and children who benefit from it,” said Joe Sanderson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “This year is no different. It is because of the sponsors, volunteers, and overall community support that an event of this magnitude has become such a success. We are proud of the money we have raised and the lives that will be changed for the better as a result of this good fortune.”

“I can’t think of a better ending to what was an amazing 50th anniversary tournament,” added SFC Executive Director Steve Jent. “Our record donation is the result of the hard work and support from all of our sponsors, volunteers, and fans. It’s exciting to see the impact we are making in our community!”

About The Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its eighth year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

About Century Club Charities

Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise over $13 million for statewide charities.

About Sanderson Farms

Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 14,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 14 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything they do, not only where products are concerned, but company-wide as well. Though the company has grown in size, it still adheres to the same hometown values of honesty, integrity, and innovation that was established when the Sanderson family founded the company in 1947.

About Friends of Children’s Hospital

Supporting Mississippi’s only Children’s Hospital, Friends of Children’s Hospital is a nonprofit organization benefiting Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. Founded in 1989, Friends works to support and promote Mississippi’s only hospital designed and equipped specifically for the care and treatment of sick or injured children. Their goal is to raise money for state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and services for all pediatric patients by building a statewide base of community support. Voluntarism, fundraising events and awareness efforts make it possible for Friends to help Batson Children’s Hospital meet the EXTRAordinary needs of caring for its patients.  Want to become a member of Friends? Interested in volunteering or donating to help the kids? Find out how by visiting FOCH.org for more information.

About Children’s of Mississippi

Children’s of Mississippi, part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, encompasses all the pediatric services available at UMMC and at clinical sites throughout Mississippi.  At the heart of these services is Batson Children’s Hospital, the state’s only hospital devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick and injured children. The Children’s of Mississippi network brings specialized clinical care for children to communities across the state, making it easier for families to get the treatment they need closer to home.

About The University of Mississippi Medical Center

A campus of the University of Mississippi, UMMC is the state’s only academic medical center. Located in Jackson, it encompasses six health science schools, including medicine, nursing, health related professions, dentistry, pharmacy and graduate studies. The Medical Center’s health-care enterprise includes the state’s only level one trauma center and its only children’s hospital.  UMMC’s education, research and health-care missions share the objectives of improving the health of the state’s population and eliminating health disparities. For more information, visit http://www.umc.edu and umc.edu/news_and_publications.

JACKSON, Miss. (October 29, 2017) — Ryan Armour stuck to his process all week and played steady golf in the final round to win the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship for his first PGA TOUR victory in his 105th career start. Armour, who has been on the PGA TOUR since 2007 and the Web.com TOUR since 2004, closed with a 4-under 68 for a five stroke victory, securing his win at 19-under 269. Armour joins ten other players who have made the Sanderson Farms Championship their first TOUR win.

“This tournament was brought to you on behalf of the 250 members of Century Club Charities,” said Jeff Hubbard, Century Club Charities president. “The Championship could not run without a very special group of sponsors, and it starts with the absolute best sponsor anyone could ever have, Sanderson Farms led by Joe Sanderson and his amazing team.”

“We are very pleased, as we had a very beautiful week in Mississippi, and the course was spectacular,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “Sales for the tournament were up over a year ago, both Pro Ams were sold out early, and interest in the tournament has increased every year, translating into more contributions to charity. The weather was good although we had some windy, cool moments yesterday, but the rest of the week was exactly what we were looking for when we moved the tournament from July to October. The course was dry and fast, and the greens were excellent. We are thrilled that we have another first time winner as our champion. Ryan Armour put on a wonderful display of golf this week.”

“This was an unbelievable experience. I would love to thank the people of Jackson for hosting us, 50 years to do anything is a long time, and we appreciate you for letting us come to your town and take over your golf course. It’s a truly special place,” said Armour.

“There’s lots of emotions running through my head,” Armour continued. “Part of me wants to fly home immediately and see my wife and kids, and part of me wants to stay here and hang out with the boys. It’s great, it’s job security for a few years, and it’s a validation to win with a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, and a lot of putts.”

Armour is taking home a check in the amount of $774,000 and 300 FedExCup points.

The Sanderson Farms Championship is the fifth of 45 events in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season. The main benefactor is Friends of Children’s Hospital and the children who are treated at Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to 60+ additional charities arounds the state. The total amount raised by the tournament will be announced in early 2018.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship 

The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501©(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its seventh year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am

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2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am Morning Wave Winners

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


ScoreProfessionalAmateurs
1st Place-15Tyrone Van AswegenWayne Whitley, David Sinclair, Rod Freeman
2nd Place-13Ben CraneAkeem Davis, Adam Saul, Keith Carter
3rd Place-12Smylie KaufmanBrian Carlew, Mike Prince, Tico Hoffman

2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am Afternoon Wave Winners

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


ScoreProfessionalAmateurs
1st Place-15Chris KirkJudson Naifeh, Brian Schmoekel, Chris Kennedy
2nd Place-14Ben MartinChris Brakebush, Kelly Huber, Jeff Robinson
3rd Place-13Ricky BarnesKevin Pope, Darren Thames, Pic Billingsley

2017 John Soules Pro-Am

2017 John Soules Foods Pro-Am Winners

Monday, October 23, 2017


ScoreProfessionalAmateurs
1st Place-16D.J. TrahanBill Hoge, Scott Bingham, Barry Burks
2nd Place-14Conrad ShindlerRick Conrad, Andy Young, Alan Thorpe
3rd Place-13Abraham AncerPat McCarthy, Brandon Trosclair, Drew Cole

JACKSON, Miss. (October 25, 2017) – Tuesday evening, at the Allen Exploration Wednesday Pro-Am Pairings Party, CEO of Allen Exploration, Carl Allen and his wife, Gigi, made a surprise $500,000 donation to Batson Children’s Hospital.

“My wife and I went to Batson a few weeks ago and were blown away by what we saw. As we walked to the parking lot at the end of the visit, we hugged and thanked God that we are blessed with healthy children and grandchildren,” said Allen. “So tonight, I am making three commitments. First, to spread awareness about the hospital itself. Second, to restate my 10-year sponsorship alongside Sanderson Farms. And finally, to put my money where my mouth is, and donate a half million dollars to Batson Children’s Hospital, which is just the beginning.”

“We are extremely grateful for partners like Allen Exploration and good friends like Carl and Gigi Allen,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and President of the Board of Directors of Sanderson Farms. “Their continued support of the tournament and all that it means to Mississippi, complements our respective obligation to safeguard the health and well-being of our state’s children and their families.”

Tournament play for the 50th Sanderson Farms Championship begins this Thursday, October 26, and runs through Sunday, October 29, at The Country Club of Jackson.

About Allen Exploration

Allen Exploration pursues and funds a wide range of ventures including emerging technologies in life sciences, agriculture, rare mineral mining, virtual reality, and neural engineering. Allen’s goal is to support pioneering individuals, business owners, and entrepreneurs engaged in cutting-edge research with the goal of making major discoveries.

The final field is set for the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

Today’s additions complete a full field of 132 players including Major Champions Davis Love III, Angel Cabrera, and Retief Goosen. The 2016 Sanderson Farms Champion, Cody Gribble, will return to Jackson to defend his title.

“We are thrilled about the variety of players this year,” said executive director Steve Jent. “From Major Champions, to fan favorites, and from vets to PGA TOUR rookies, we will offer a perfect experience to everyone who comes out.”

Tournament play for the 50th Sanderson Farms Championship runs October 26-29.

With less than one week left before the start of the 2017 Sanderson Farms Championship, the tournament is excited to announce current player commitments. The 50th Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 23-29, 2017 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

The field of 132 players will include defending 2016 Sanderson Farms Champion Cody Gribble. Other past champions committing at this time include Peter Malnati (2015), Chris Kirk (2011), D.J. Trahan (2006), and Luke Donald (2002), who career-wise has spent a cumulative 56 weeks as World Number One.

Also, joining the field of play are two-time major champions Angel Cabrera (2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters); Retief Goosen (2001 and 2004 U.S. Open); major winner Y.E. Yang (2009 PGA Championship); and Hall of Famer Davis Love III, winner of 21 events on the PGA TOUR, including one major, (1997 PGA Championship).

Other commitments include Hunter Mahan, winner of two World Golf Championship events, (2010 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 2012 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship); Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Jonathan Randolph (Ole Miss standout from Brandon, MS), Kevin Streelman, Ben Crane, Vaughan Taylor, and Ross Bell, the 2016 Mississippi State Am Winner.

“Our event continues to grow in reputation among the PGA TOUR players, and I think this is reflected in the strength of our field with just under a week to go,” said Executive Director Steve Jent.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its sixth year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

The Sanderson Farms Championship is pleased to announce that two distinguished professional athletes, Herschel Walker and Wesley Walls, have committed to play in the Allen Exploration Pro-Am this year. The Allen Exploration Pro-Am will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2017 with a 7:30 a.m. tee time.

Along with being a Heisman trophy winner, Herschel Walker has succeeded as an Olympic bobsledder, track and field athlete, mixed martial artist, businessman, and author. After graduating valedictorian of his high school class, Walker began his college football career at the University of Georgia, earning three consensus All-American honors before going on to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and the New York Giants. Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. This is his second time playing in the Allen Exploration Pro-Am.

Mississippi native and retired NFL tight end, Wesley Walls, started his career at the University of Mississippi where he earned All-American honors his senior year. Walls moved on to play for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV, the New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers, and the Green Bay Packers. In 2004, he was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame, and was elected into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

Walker owns and operates the Savannah-based Renaissance Man International, and is most involved with the branch called Herschel’s Famous 34, which sells prepared chicken and appetizers to restaurants. A portion of all profits from Herschel’s Famous 34 is donated to charity. As part of his charitable work, Walker also regularly gives motivational speeches at schools and events nationwide.

Walls currently works as a real estate developer, and he serves as president and CEO of Delta Furniture Manufacturing. Active in the community, he endowed a football scholarship at Ole Miss.

CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., said, “On behalf of Sanderson Farms, I want to thank these two men for all the charitable work they do, but especially in helping out the Friends of Children’s Hospital and the other statewide charities supported by the Championship. We are honored to have these outstanding men playing in the Allen Exploration Pro-Am.”

The 50th Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 23-29, 2017 at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its sixth year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

The Sanderson Farms Championship is excited to announce that Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi has committed to being the presenting sponsor for the various youth events held during the 2017 tournament. The 50th Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 23-29 at The Country Club of Jackson.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will sponsor Monday’s Youth Clinic for Jackson Public Middle School students, the Saturday Youth Clinic exhibition, and the Kids’ Zone venue, open Thursday-Sunday. The Saturday clinic offers free admittance to kids with a ticketed adult.

“Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is proud to continue our support of the Sanderson Farms Championship and the youth events that highlight the importance of healthy and active lifestyles,” said Bryan Lagg, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing and Sales. “These events introduce future generations of Mississippians to a sport that can be a lifelong part of living healthy.”

About Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is the state’s health and wellness leader providing members with benefits, tools and resources to be healthy through staying active, eating healthy and having an annual wellness visit with a primary care provider. We partner with Network Providers, employers and communities to create healthy places to live and work in our state, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi employees are helping to enrich communities through the Team Blue employee volunteer program. With Team Blue, employees are actively engaged in giving back to the community through thousands of hours of community service each year. Learn more at www.bcbsms.com.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship
The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its seventh year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.

TrustmarkJACKSON, Miss. (October 12, 2017) – The Sanderson Farms Championship is pleased to announce that Trustmark has recommitted to being the presenting sponsor of the Military Outpost during the 2017 tournament. The 50th Sanderson Farms Championship is set for October 23-29, 2017 at The Country Club of Jackson.

The Military Outpost will be a hospitality pavilion on the 10th Green where various military units from around the state of Mississippi will be entertained during the tournament. Guest groups will include active-duty, reserve, and retired military, as well as veterans.

“We are honored to offer our Military a special, complimentary hospitality experience to enjoy while watching the tournament,” Trustmark Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing Melanie Morgan stated. “The sponsorship of this pavilion is our way of expressing gratitude and appreciation to our veterans, as well as active-duty, reserve and retired military service members for their commitment, courage, and bravery to keeping America free.”

About Trustmark Corporation

Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) is a financial services company providing banking and financial solutions through 199 offices in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.

About The Sanderson Farms Championship

The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its seventh year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor.