City of Hope Selected as Charity of Choice to Receive Donation from Northern Trust Open PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge

March 17, 2016 | by City of Hope

NTO honors City of Hope with Volunteer Challenge Donation PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge winner Richard Olmsted (second from left), joined by Deidra Ellis for Astellas Pharma US Inc. (left), Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive officer, and Kristin Bertell, chief philanthropy officer, City of Hope (right).

City of Hope was honored to receive a $10,000 donation during the PGA TOUR’s prestigious Northern Trust Open as a result of the tournament’s PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq® (mirabegron). The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge is a friendly, charity-focused contest in which tournament volunteers compete to collect the largest number of votes from supporters.  

When online voting concluded during tournament week, the volunteer with the most votes had the opportunity to present a $10,000 check to City of Hope on behalf of Astellas Pharma US Inc. First-time Northern Trust Open tournament volunteer Richard Olmstead from Lancaster, California, was named the winner after collecting more than 300 votes.

The honor is extra special for Olmstead; he is a nearly seven-year prostate cancer survivor currently under the care of City of Hope urologist Kristina Wittig, M.D. His prostate cancer surgery also was performed by a surgeon trained at City of Hope.

Olmstead had the chance to present the check to City of Hope during a special ceremony at the Northern Trust Open on Championship Sunday and appreciated the opportunity to help make a difference for residents served through City of Hope.

The PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, sponsored by Myrbetriq (mirabegron). is a fun, friendly vote-for-me competition taking place at 16 tournaments during the 2016 PGA TOUR season. The initiative is designed to raise funds for charity, while recognizing the talent, passion and commitment of the PGA TOUR’s more than 100,000 volunteers nationwide who have helped the tour achieve more than $2.14 billion in charitable giving to date. 

“Astellas is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR as both organizations share a deep commitment to the power of volunteerism,” said Walt Johnston, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Urology and Hospital, Astellas Pharma US Inc. “We are honored to be part of the PGA TOUR’s philanthropic legacy by donating close to $1 million to tournament charities over the course of the sponsorship and collaborating on this unique opportunity to give back to the communities where we work and live.”

Astellas first became a PGA TOUR sponsor in early 2013 and continues to focus on sponsoring programs that inspire, educate and foster community support of charitable organizations in local communities. For more information on the PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge, please visit

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