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Mercy Foundation Receives $95,000 from Principal Charity Classic

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Gregg Lagan
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
(515) 490-6636


October 20, 2017

Mercy Foundation Receives $95,000 from Principal Charity Classic

DES MOINES, IOWA – Mercy Foundation received $95,000 from the 2017 Principal Charity Classic®, presented by Wells Fargo, the annual PGA TOUR Champions event in Des Moines dedicated to raising funds for Iowa children’s charities.

The funds provided to Mercy Foundation will be allocated to support several programs and initiatives, including an innovative, new Beads Of Courage program and C-MAC intubation blades at Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics at Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines.

The Beads of Courage program at Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics will be the first of its kind in Des Moines for pediatric cardiac patients. Providing arts-in-medicine for children with serious illnesses, the program helps more than 60,000 children in eight countries record, tell and own their stories, using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage and hope along their treatment journey.

C-MAC intubation blades assist in intubing premature babies, children and adults. With this new device, physicians will be able to secure the airway as well as capture images and videos of it in real time, increasing patient safety.

“We are extremely grateful for this generous gift from Principal Charity Classic,” said Jody Timmins, Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Service Lines Director. “Principal Charity Classic understands how quality medical care affects a community, and we are excited to use the funds in meaningful ways that have lasting impact on our patients.”

The Principal Charity Classic, named the 2016 PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year, distributed a record $3,581,427 to Iowa children’s charities this year (watch here). Funds raised by the event support six Tournament Charity Partners in the Des Moines area – including Mercy Foundation – as well as more than 100 organizations throughout Iowa enrolled in the tournament’s “Birdies For Charity” program.



About Mercy Foundation

Mercy Foundation secures vital funding that ensures equal access, clinical excellence and high-quality care for all in Greater Des Moines through Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines. Learn more at

About the Principal Charity Classic
The Principal Charity Classic is an annual PGA TOUR Champions event focused on philanthropic giving. In 2016, the Principal Charity Classic was recognized as the PGA TOUR Champions Tournament of the Year. This premier golf event raises contributions for the tournament’s “FORE Our Kids” charities, including: 1) Tournament Charity Partners, select organizations that provide a broad level of support to children of Iowa in the areas of education and culture, financial security and stability, and/or health and wellness. These organizations are supported through net proceeds of the tournament; and 2) Birdies for Charity Partners, which includes more than 100 additional children’s charities across Iowa that receive support through individual pledges and contributions made prior to and during the tournament.

The 2018 Principal Charity Classic tournament will be played June 5-10, 2018, at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa. For more information on the charities and the tournament, visit and follow via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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