Robert St. John holding a fork and Wyatt Waters holding a paint brush

Robert St. John holding a fork and Wyatt Waters holding a paint brushTournament officials at the Sanderson Farms Championship are excited to announce the 2019 Women’s Day will have a different flavor this year, featuring a cooking and painting demonstration by Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters. The sixth annual Women’s Day luncheon will be held at The Country Club of Jackson on Tuesday, September 17. International Paper returns as presenting sponsor for the popular event.

“We wish to thank International Paper for their ongoing commitment in serving as the presenting sponsor for Women’s Day,” said Steve Jent, the tournament’s executive director. “Because of them, we are able to create an unparalleled experience for our attendees. We are truly grateful for their generous support over the last six years.”

“At International Paper, diversity and inclusion is about recognizing and appreciating the value of each unique individual and leveraging those differences to increase engagement. The Women in IP Mentoring Board is one way that International Paper brings together women to promote awareness, support development and encourage collaboration,” said Mandi Gilliland, Strategic Pricing and Customer Relationship Manager and Women in IP Mentoring Board Leader. “International Paper is proud to return as presenting sponsor of the Sanderson Farms Championship Women’s Day luncheon.”

Robert St. John, restaurateur, chef, syndicated columnist, and author has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, Ed’s Burger Joint, The Midtowner, and Midtown Donut in Hattiesburg, MS.

St. John is the author of eleven books, including four collaborations with watercolorist Wyatt Waters. He has been featured in USA TODAY and appeared on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart Living, and the Turner South network.

“Wyatt and I are really looking forward to our dual demo at the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said St. John. “Joe Sanderson is one of our favorite Mississippians, and we love the association with Sanderson Farms, Inc. through Palate to Palette.” St. John is the creator, producer, and co-host of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting television series, Palate to Palette with Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters, which is in its fourth season.

“Even though neither of us plays golf, Wyatt and I both have a long and storied history with this tournament,” St. John continued. “Wyatt does an on-site painting of the tournament every year, and I was a caddy in the Pro-Am years ago when it was held in Hattiesburg. To have the chance all these years later to be a part of the event is very meaningful. We appreciate Joe and everything he does for Mississippi and our state’s various charitable causes.”

In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a non-profit organization that ships over 14 tons of healthy food to over 39 Mississippi soup kitchens and mission pantries every month.

Widely known for his watercolors of Southern culture, Wyatt Waters creates paintings of the roadside South. His works have been featured in Art & Antiques, American Artist, Watercolor, Mississippi Magazine and Delta Magazine. Wyatt’s paintings are held in private and corporate collections. He’s had solo shows at the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, the Meridian Museum of Art and the Jackson Municipal Gallery. He owns and operates the Wyatt Waters Gallery in Clinton, MS.

Wyatt has collaborated with chef, restaurateur and author, Robert St. John, on “A Southern Palate,” “Southern Seasons,” and “An Italian Palate.” He received the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for “An Oxford Sketchbook,” and the Mississippi Library Association Special Award for Art for his collaboration with Robert St. John, “A Southern Palate.”

Additionally, Wyatt and his easel are a familiar sight at the Sanderson Farms Championship – as he is commissioned each year to produce a watercolor painting commemorating the tournament. “Each year, I look forward to painting a different hole for the tournament. It’s both an honor and a challenge to be a part of this Mississippi event that highlights the best of golf in the world,” stated Waters.

For more information regarding table purchases, please call the Championship office at (601) 898-4653 or email Erin Kiker at erin@sandersonfarmschampionship.com.

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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 ninth 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 Sanderson Farms, Inc.

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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event to be played September 16-22, 2019

At a press conference held today at The Country Club of Jackson, the PGA TOUR, Century Club Charities and title sponsor Sanderson Farms, led by CEO and Chairman of the Board Joe Sanderson, Jr., announced that the Sanderson Farms Championship will have a stand-alone date on the PGA TOUR schedule going forward starting in the fall of 2019.

The tournament, which in recent years has been held the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China, will be the only PGA TOUR event played the week of September 16-22. The Sanderson Farms Championship will be the second event on the 2019-20 PGA TOUR schedule, one week after The Greenbrier Classic kicks off the season.

“We would like to thank Joe Sanderson and Sanderson Farms for their continued commitment to Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event,” said Andy Pazder, PGA TOUR chief competitions and tournaments officer. “The partnership between the PGA TOUR and the Sanderson Farms Championship is unique in that Joe Sanderson has been selfless with his intentions for the tournament and the State of Mississippi. Because of Joe’s vision for growing the state’s largest professional sporting event, this stand-alone date will further elevate the tournament’s stature and provide an even better experience for fans attending the Sanderson Farms Championship.”

With the upgrade to a stand-alone event, the Sanderson Farms Championship will offer 500 FedExCup points to the winner for the first time and will play a larger role in the season-long race for the FedExCup. The tournament will also have a record purse, jumping from $4.4 million to $6.6 million, with $1.188 million going to the winner. Cameron Champ, the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship winner, took home $774,000 and 300 FedExCup points.

“As Mississippi’s largest professional sporting event, we’ve made great strides over the last several years thanks to our partnership with Sanderson Farms and our move to The Country Club of Jackson,” said Steve Jent, Sanderson Farms Championship executive director. “As a stand-alone event going forward, we look forward to giving our fans the best event in tournament history – with some new faces playing the event for the first time – while continuing to make a significant charitable impact. Our thanks to Joe Sanderson for Sanderson Farms’ long-term commitment of the Sanderson Farms Championship.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship has been an official PGA TOUR event since 1986 but has deep roots back to 1968. Sanderson Farms signed on as title sponsor starting in 2013 and agreed to a 10-year extension through 2026 on November 4, 2015, matching the longest title sponsor agreement of any sponsor on the PGA TOUR.

“It was simply the right time to contemplate the future and what kind of commitment we were going to make going forward,” said Joe Sanderson. “We believe that it is important, particularly for the charities and for Batson Children’s Hospital to know that we will be here for them, and for the Jackson metro area and the state of Mississippi to know that they can depend on us. We are excited to be a part of the new chapter in the tournament’s history.”

Since 1994, when Century Club Charities became the host organization, the tournament has raised $14.75 million dollars for Mississippi charities, and the economic impact on the Jackson metropolitan area now averages $26 million every year.

Just last week, the Sanderson Farms Championship presented a $1.25 million gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital (FOCH) along with a second gift to FOCH for $125,000 through other designated donations. In 2018 alone, Century Club’s total charitable impact for the state was $2,235,000.

The 2018 gift is earmarked for the FOCH contribution to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, a philanthropic effort that is helping fund construction of a seven-story, 355,303-square-foot pediatric tower adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital. Joe and Kathy Sanderson are the chairs of this $100 million-dollar campaign, of which $70 million has already been raised through their leadership.

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 ninth 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 $14.75 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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

JACKSON, Miss. (January 10, 2019) – Century Club Charities, host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, presented a $1.25 million gift to Friends of Children’s Hospital this morning. Also during the event, Century Club Charities presented a second gift to FOCH for $125,000, with $100,000 through Mac Elliott in memory of Sidney Allen, Sr., former Board Chairman of Friends of Children’s Hospital, and $25,000 in other designated donations.

“Century Club Charities, in 2018, presented a $100,000 check to Friends of Children’s Hospital from the North Mississippi Classic; and for the second year in a row Carl and Gigi Allen with Allen Exploration, donated a second gift of $500,000 to the hospital, and finally a number of smaller gifts totaling $260,000 were given to 40 additional Mississippi charities,” shared Jeff Hubbard, Century Club Charities president. “These gifts, combined with the two checks today, make Century Club’s total charitable impact a grand total of $2,235,000 in 2018 alone.”

This year’s gift is earmarked for Friends’ contribution to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, a philanthropic effort that is helping fund construction of a seven-story, 355,303-square-foot pediatric tower adjacent to Batson Children’s Hospital.

Ground was broken on the project December 1, 2017, and the tower, in its structural phase, is now more than 25 percent complete. Patients are expected to be receiving expert care in the expansion by fall 2020.

The tower will be home to 88 private neonatal intensive care unit rooms, 10 additional operating rooms, more pediatric intensive care unit 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, Melanie Morgan, thanked Century Club Charities for their continued support through the tournament.

“This incredibly generous contribution will be directed toward Friends of Children’s Hospital’s $20 million pledge to fund this pediatric expansion,” Morgan said. “Friends helped fund the construction of Batson Children’s Hospital, and we are excited to build upon that legacy with this gift.”

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at UMMC, said, “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 health science professionals and innovation through research will be strengthened by this project, which will also attract more pediatric specialists to the state. This expansion will be truly transformational.”

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 improvements in pediatrics at UMMC. “We are so grateful for the tremendous contributions which have come as a result of the success of the Sanderson Farms Championship. This relationship is resulting in better pediatric care that’s close to home for the families of this state.”

Today’s announcement, made to a standing-room-only audience at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union at UMMC, was the culmination of a year of hard work, said Joe F. Sanderson Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We work 12 months to get to that eight days of the Sanderson Farms Championship,” he said, “and all of that is about today and for the next 40 years. It’s about this new pediatric expansion and the physicians, nurses, families and children who will be cared for there.

“There are so many people that make a day like today happen. Golf is an individual sport, one guy wins, but he has a huge team behind him just as we have a huge team who puts this tournament together,” added Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “It is because of our team – the people, volunteers, and community support that an event of this magnitude has become such a success. 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 ninth 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 $14.75 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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

PGA TOUR event honored for “Best Charity Integration” in 2018

The Sanderson Farms Championship (Jackson, Mississippi) was honored by the PGA TOUR at the TOUR’s Tournament Meetings on December 6.

The Sanderson Farms Championship earned an award for “Best Charity Integration” during the 2018 tournament at The Country Club of Jackson.

“On behalf of the PGA TOUR, I am pleased to congratulate the Sanderson Farms Championship for this special recognition,” said PGA TOUR Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “The tournament committee should be extremely proud of its hard work and innovation in making the tournament the best among its peers on TOUR.”

The “Best Charity Integration” Award recognizes the tournament that incorporates the tournament’s charity and theme into all facets of the event. Through onsite activation, year-round community initiatives and title sponsor engagement, the Sanderson Farms Championship is united around its charitable impact to Friends of Children’s Hospital, a non-profit benefiting the only children’s hospital in Mississippi, Batson Children’s Hospital.

The Sanderson Farms Championship won the award for Best Charity Integration among all PGA TOUR tournaments last night at the PGA TOUR’s annual Tournament Awards Dinner. The other finalists were the Honda Classic and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The award is given to the tournament that best incorporates their charitable goals into the tournament.

“We are very excited and proud to be the recipient of this award,” said Sanderson Farms Championship Executive Director Steve Jent. “Our staff and constituents have worked very hard these last five years to ensure the patients at Batson Children’s Hospital are woven into the fabric of our event. To be recognized as being the Best Charity Integration on the PGA TOUR is very gratifying for Sanderson Farms and Century Club Charities.”

“Without question, this is the best award we could have received. To be mentioned with the Pebble Beach tournament, which raised $13 million, and the Honda Classic whose primary charity is the Jack Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is quite an honor in itself, said Jeff Hubbard, Century Club Charities President. To win is simply fantastic, and a real credit to Steve Jent and his staff, as well as the Century Club and all of our volunteers. I could not be more proud of our tournament.”

Batson Children’s Hospital is highly visible onsite during tournament week with patients, doctors and nurses greeting spectators at the main entrance. Branded elements such as tickets, signage, tee markers and client badges also help deliver the charitable message. Additionally, the televised message in the tournament broadcast typically reserved for the title sponsor CEO is instead presented by a hospital executive.

At the 2018 event, PGA TOUR players made time to visit and interact with sick children at the hospital while highlighting the tournament’s charitable endeavors. Keynote speakers Erin and Ben Napier from HGTV’s “Home Town” also presented awareness of the charitable initiative during Tuesday’s Women’s Day Luncheon, while members of the PGA TOUR Wives Association hosted a party for patients at The Country Club of Jackson.

In 2017, more than $300,000 was donated to local charities across the state, in addition to a record breaking $1.2 million donation to Friends of Children’s Hospital. Tournament proceeds will fund construction of a seven-story, 340,000-square-foot pediatric tower that 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. Sanderson Farms Inc. CEO Joe Sanderson, and his wife Kathy, are chairs of the $100 million fundraising campaign and personally pledged $10 million over the next five years.

The award represents the third time the tournament has been recognized at the PGA TOUR Tournament Meetings, but the first since 2010 when it received “Best Special Event.”

About PGA Tour
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide.

The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series- China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 25 countries (88 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2017, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $180 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.65 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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 $13.5 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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

JACKSON, Miss. (October 28, 2018) — In his second start as a PGA TOUR member, rookie Cameron Champ lived up to his name, with at least a share of the lead the entire tournament. Champ, with his dominating long drives, played the front nine in 1 over to fall into a tie, yet came back at the end with five birdies on his last six holes to win the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship.

The 23-year-old carried a four-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round, closing out with a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory, securing his win at 21-under 267. Champ, in his 9th career start on the PGA TOUR, earned his PGA TOUR card through the Web.com Tour, thanks in part to winning the 2018 Utah Championship. With today’s Sanderson Farms Championship win, he claims a $792,000 prize and 300 FedExCup points.

Champ, a Texas A&M golfer from Sacramento, joins eleven players who have made the Sanderson Farms Championship their first TOUR win, including each of the last four: Ryan Armour (2017), Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Chris Kirk (2011), D.J. Trahan (2006), Luke Donald (2002), Cameron Beckman (2001), Willie Wood (1996), Ed Dougherty (1995) and Brian Henninger (1994).

“First off, I’d like to thank my parents, my family, and close friends who have supported me all throughout the year,” said Champ. “I especially want to mention my Papa Champ back home. I wish he could be in Mississippi to celebrate this win with us, but I know he is at home watching. He is the man who made this happen for me.”

“Since this time last year, I graduated from college, went to Q school, then won the Web.com Tour in Utah,” Champ continued. “And now on my second start on the PGA TOUR, I have my first win.”

With a rainy then chilly start to the tournament, the weather improved each day, with picture perfect clear skies and temps in the low 80’s for Sunday’s finale.

“We have enjoyed a spectacular week of championship golf and, are very excited to have this fine young man represent our tournament as our champion,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Sanderson Farms. “We are thrilled that we have another first time winner as our champion. Cameron put on a superb display of golf this week.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship is the fifth of 46 events in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season. The main benefactor is Friends of Children’s Hospital and the young patients at Batson Children’s Hospital, part of Children’s of Mississippi. The tournament also donates a portion of the proceeds to 35+ additional charities arounds the state.

“This tournament was brought to you on behalf of the 275 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, and of course the best Tournament Director on the PGA TOUR, Steve Jent, and his incredible staff.”

In addition to world-class golf, the tournament staff seamlessly executed a number of events throughout the week, including two Pro-Ams, a sold-out Women’s Day luncheon, clinics for youth and special needs, and a host of other activities for everyone.

“Interest in the Sanderson Farms Championship has increased every year, as evidenced by the increase in sales and spectator attendance,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “New sponsors came on board, Pro-Ams were sold out early, and media participation has increased every year, translating into more contributions to charity.” The total amount raised by the tournament will be announced in early 2019.

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 $13.5 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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

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Allen X Pro-Am - Sanderson Farms Championship

1st Place (-19)

Ricky Barnes
Chris Rhodes
Ross Tucker
Briggs Hopson

2nd Place (-17)

Cameron Davis
Derek Benedetto
Mark Westmoland
Randy Lanclos

3rd Place (-17)

David Hearn
Brian Alexander
Charlie Long
Zach Hawayek

Allen X Pro-Am - Sanderson Farms Championship

1st place (-16)

Tyler Duncan
Craig Ray
Steve Azar
Billy Nowell

2nd Place (-16)

Scott Stallings
Keith Carter
Forrest Roberts
Brandon Trosclair

3rd Place (-16)

Patrick Rodgers
Jason Welford
Henry Hamill
Danny Crozier

JACKSON, Miss. (October 24, 2018) – Tuesday evening, at the Allen Exploration Pro-Am Pairings Party held during the Sanderson Farms Championship, Carl Allen, Allen Exploration CEO, made a surprise repeat $500,000 donation to the Growing campaign for Children’s of Mississippi. Allen, and his wife, Gigi, from Dallas TX, are close personal friends with the Sandersons, and just last year donated a half million dollars to the campaign.

“My wife, Gigi, and I are fully committed to the children in Mississippi and especially those at Batson Children’s Hospital through the Sanderson Farms Championship,” said Allen. “We both recognize that you can’t effect change unless you effect it at the level of the children.”

The Allens are heavily involved in other children’s endeavors including the Wichita, Kansas based organization Envision, created to improve the lives of those with vision loss. Their philanthropy reaches outside the U.S. to children in the Bahamas, helping with their educational needs though the gift of technology.

The $100 million dollar Growing campaign will fund the construction of a major expansion of pediatric health care facilities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, including a new tower and a dramatic renovation of the existing space. The new facilities will support Children’s of Mississippi’s world-class physicians and staff and the already excellent level of care they provide.

Construction plans for the expansion include an outpatient clinic, private neonatal and pediatric intensive care rooms for the state’s most fragile patients, an imaging suite designed for children, surgery suites, and a conference center designed to accommodate the many wonderful community partners, dignitaries, and volunteers who visit Children’s of Mississippi.

When complete, this project will give the children of Mississippi a modern, friendly, welcoming place where they can receive best-practice medical care. The heartfelt goal for the Growing campaign is to give all of Mississippi’s children a stronger chance for a full and healthy life.

“Our pediatric expansion and the effect it will have on the future of children’s health care in this state depends on compassionate and generous partners like Carl and Gigi Allen,” said Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. “We can’t thank them enough for now two amazing announcements of gifts that will help us grow so Mississippi’s kids have the chance to grow up healthy and strong.”

Joe Sanderson and his wife, Kathy, are chairs of the Growing campaign and helped launch the effort in 2016 with a $10 million personal pledge. With tonight’s announcement from Allen, the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi has raised $66.5 million of the $100 million goal. To get more information about the campaign or make a gift, visit growchildrens.org.

“Kathy, myself and everyone at Sanderson Farms could not be more grateful to Carl Allen and his family for their recent commitment to Mississippi’s children,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and President of the Board of Directors of Sanderson Farms. “This happened because of our friendship with Carl and Gigi, not because we do business together. They came to Jackson and visited the hospital, were touched by what they saw and felt compelled to give back.”

The Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi’s only PGA TOUR event, is being hosted at The Country Club of Jackson this week by Century Club Charities. Funds raised through the tournament are donated to Friends of Children’s Hospital, among other Mississippi charities.

Tournament play for the 51st Sanderson Farms Championship begins this Thursday, October 25, and runs through Sunday, October 28.

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About Allen Exploration
Carl Allen formed Allen Exploration, LLC (AEX) in 2016 to research, explore and improve the world’s oceans. AEX searches for sunken history and strives to improve the oceans’ environment. The Allen Family Office invests in numerous asset classes including stocks, bonds, real estate, private equity, venture capital, direct investments, co-investments and angel investments.  Allen Exploration also manages the AEX Global Tactical Asset Allocation Fund (“AXGT”).

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 eighth year as a part of the FedExCupSanderson 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© 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 $13.5 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 15,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 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.

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.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jana Bell
Maris, West & Baker
jana.bell@mwb.com
601.842.8748

Annie Oeth
UMMC Division of Public Affairs
aoeth@umc.edu
601.984.1122

1st place (-18)

Carl Pettersson
David Roberts
Russ Etherton
Brian Schmoekel

2nd Place (-17)

Dylan Frittelli
John Soules, Jr.
Greg Nichols
Jeff Bruce

3rd Place (-14)

Kevin Stadler
Tommy Stansell
William Van Devender
Sidney Allen, Jr.

2017 Allen Exploration Pro-Am

CONTACT:
Jana Bell
Maris, West & Baker
jana.bell@mwb.com</a
601.977.9200 x.334

JACKSON, Miss. (October 23, 2018) – The final field is set for the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship taking place this week at The Country Club of Jackson, MS.

The last four players in after Monday’s Sanderson Farms Championship qualifier are Dawson Armstrong, Garrett Osborn, Chad Ramey, and Tim Wilkinson.

Today’s additions complete a full field of 132 players including Major Champions Lucas Glover, Bill Haas, Retief Goosen, and Cameron Davis. The 2017 Sanderson Farms Champion, Ryan Armour, will return to Jackson to defend his title. Other past champions who are returning to compete are Cody Gribble (2016), Peter Malnati (2015), Nick Taylor (2014), Scott Stallings (2012), Chris Kirk (2011), Chad Campbell (2007), and D.J. Trahan (2006).

“We couldn’t be more excited about the variety and caliber of players this year,” said Executive Director Steve Jent. “We have something to offer everyone who comes out, Major Champions, fan favorites, seasoned vets, PGA TOUR rookies, and even a local State Am winner.”

Tournament play for the 51st Sanderson Farms Championship runs October 25-28, 2018 at The Country Club of Jackson.

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.

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