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Cristie Kerr – Major Benefactor To JCMC – Barnabas Health Victory Leads To Smiles In Jersey City


CRISTIE KERR – MAJOR BENEFACTOR TO JCMC You could hear the cheering in Jersey City yesterday – particularly at Jersey City Medical Center – when Cristie Kerr won the LPGA season ending event and first prize of $500,000.

“It was a thrilling victory for Cristie and I’m sure there were a lot of people in Jersey City pulling for her,” said Joseph F. Scott, President/CEO, Jersey City Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility. “She’s been an incredible benefactor to the hospital and to women throughout Hudson County.”

The Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center located on the Jersey City Medical Center campus is named after the 38-year-old golf pro. Opened in 2010, and equipped with the latest in mammography equipment, the center is the only full-service facility in the Hudson County area providing detection, healing, support, and recovery services.

CRISTIE KERR – MAJOR BENEFACTOR TO JCMC On Sunday, Kerr won the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, taking command by holing a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th hole and finishing off her 18th career victory.

A passionate breast cancer activist, having witnessed her mother, aunt and godmother battle the disease, Kerr founded in 2004 the non-profit organization Birdies for Breast Cancer with a mission to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. She founded the organization after her mother, Linda Kerr, was diagnosed with the disease. She donates $50 for every birdie and $100 for every eagle she makes on tour. She has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer detection and educations programs at the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center over the years. This includes money raised from the Cristie Kerr Golf Classic, which is held annually in Jersey City at Liberty National. She brings leading sports and entertainment celebrities to Jersey City to play in the golf event. Earlier this year, the nominating committee of the LibertyHealth Foundation, Jersey City Medical Center’s fundraising arm, asked Cristie Kerr to become a member of its board of directors. She accepted.

For Kerr, who helped the U.S. beat Europe and win the Solheim Cup in September, it was her 18th LPGA title.

“I was holding my breath the whole time,” said Regina Andriolo, executive director of the Liberty Health Foundation, in describing Kerr’s victory. “The eagle did it!”

Kerr shot four rounds in the 60s, made a 35-foot birdie putt at No. 15 to tie for the lead, then made eagle at the 17th put her on top for good.

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