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The LECOM Health Challenge Donates Money to Local Charities

The LECOM Health Challenge announced today that the recipients of the 2016 tournament’s $100,000 donation will include the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) Student Scholarship Fund, Mikey’s Way Foundation and Jamestown Community College (JCC) Student Scholarship Fund.

Marking the return of the PGA TOUR to Western New York, the Tour event was held at Peek’n Peak Resort July 4 – 10, 2016. With over 20,000 spectators in attendance, the inaugural tournament featured a jam-packed schedule of events including the Junior Clinic and a Pro-Am followed by four official rounds of competition where – in an exciting four-man playoff – Monday qualifier Rick Lamb emerged as the 2016 LECOM Health Challenge champion.

“The LECOM Health Challenge was an overwhelming success, and we are so excited to give back to our local community who embraced this tournament,” said tournament spokesperson and CEO of the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) Kevin Sanvidge. “We are proud to align with such reputable Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania organizations and look forward to assisting the families, students and children they serve.”

The LECOM Student Scholarship Fund – an initiative focused on supporting Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine students who are preparing for careers in areas such as osteopathic medicine, pharmacy or dentistry – will receive a portion of the donation.


Marlene Mosco (center) accepts a check for the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund worth $66,000 from Michelle Turner, Vice President of Marketing for Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (left) and Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan.

“I am very pleased to receive the first LECOM Health Challenge, PGA Tour scholarship contribution. Today’s donation will be added to the LECOM Scholarship Fund, which annually provides more than four-million dollars in assistance for our students,” said Marlene Mosco, Chairman of the LECOM Board of Trustees. “It took more than a year of planning and lots of hard work to make the LECOM Health Challenge one of the most successful tournaments this past summer. For making it possible to raise scholarship dollars, LECOM thanks the Chautauqua Regional Economic Development Corporation, Scott Enterprises and Peek n’ Peek Resort, and the PGA Tour.”

Additionally, the LECOM Health Challenge will donate to the Mikey’s Way Foundation – a Buffalo-based philanthropy dedicated to providing free electronic devices to hospitalized children to serve as a much-needed distraction from long-term cancer treatments.

Lastly, the JCC Student Scholarship Fund will also receive a donation. In addition to helping make higher education accessible to students from all backgrounds, the scholarship fund supports JCC’s mission to provide the necessary training and edification that the next generation of professionals require to lead successful careers.

Aside from these three charities, the LECOM Health Challenge will also donate $5,000 to First Tee of Western New York, $2,000 to the Panama Central School Swim Team, $1,500 to the Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Department, $1,500 to the Clymer Fire Department, $1,500 to the Sherman Fire-Rescue and $900 to the Clymer Baseball Club.

For additional information about the 2017 LECOM Health Challenge taking place July 6-9, 2017, please visit

About the LECOM Health Challenge

The LECOM Health Challenge is a Tour event hosted at Peek’n Peak’s “Upper Course” on July 3 – 9, 2017. A week-long schedule of events will include a Pro-Am on July 5, followed by four official rounds of tournament competition from July 6 – 9, with a tournament purse of $600,000.  With LECOM Health serving as title sponsor and CREDC acting as the host organization, proceeds from the tournament will benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, as well as other local charities. For more information, visit