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Salem resident meets PGA Tour Pro Hunter Mahan in the Drive to End Alzheimer's

Posted by Amanda Stonely  September 14, 2011 10:00 AM

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Pictured here from left to right are: Mike Shunney, President of Sun Life Financial Distributors; Watertown resident Kevin Scarborough; PGA TOUR Pro Hunter Mahan; Salem resident Carolyn Whipple Fraser; Jim Wessler, President & CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, MASS/NH Chapter; Dorchester resident Michelle Gonzalez; Westford resident Nancy Schiavone.

The following was submitted by Sun Life Financial Inc.:

Wellesley, MA  (September 13, 2011) – Sun Life Financial Inc. (NYSE: SLF, TSX: SLF) enjoyed a special visit to its Wellesley campus today from golf champion Hunter Mahan. The meet-and-greet between Mahan and Sun Life executives kicked off the Drive to End Alzheimer’s, a community golf festival benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. Mahan and Sun Life transformed America’s oldest public park into an urban golf course as part of the company’s sponsorship of the PGA TOUR pro who finished in the top-ten in this past weekend’s PGA TOUR playoffs at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Families, local media and members from local youth groups participated in a series of golf-themed activities including mini-golf, age-appropriate target challenges, and an interactive video game theatre. PGA golf professional Tim Kilcoyne was on hand to provide custom putting advice and analysis courtesy of Ping and Apple technology. Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Sun Life Financial Distributors President Mike Shunney and Alzheimer's Association President and CEO of the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter Jim Wessler hosted the day’s festivities.

The event culminated with a 30-yard chip-shot target challenge featuring local media personalities and Mayor Menino testing their short game against Mahan. Participants included: Chris Collins (NECN); Randy Scott (NESN), who also served as emcee of the event; Greg Hill (WAAF-FM); Bob Halloran (WCVB-TV); and Rhett Lewis (WHDH-TV). Sun Life Financial made a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association on behalf of each participant and doubled the donation for any participant who hit the target. Shunney aced the media challenge buy hitting a ball into the basket target.

Sun Life announced its partnership with Mahan, the company's first professional golf sponsorship, in February 2011. As part of the multi-year agreement, the golfer wears a hat prominently featuring Sun Life's logo during all competitive events. Sun Life also has the right to use Mahan’s name and likeness globally, as well as access to personal appearances, a golf clinic and hospitality benefits.

Proceeds from all tickets sold benefited the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. All participants were entered into a drawing, for a chance to win a custom Ping golf club, signed Mahan memorabilia, Sun Dog Eyewear and a photo with Mahan. Kickass Cupcakes, Lincoln Street Coffee, Polar Beverages, and Redbones were also on hand to provide food and beverage vending and sampling in which a portion of proceeds also benefited the cause.

NESN and Boston Deals from boston.com served as official media partners for the event.

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