Morgan Pressel’s all-star cast of fellow LPGA pros helped her foundation raise $1 million this week in the fight against breast cancer.
With the help of Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis and Sandra Gal, the Morgan & Friends Fight Cancer Tournament set a fundraising record for Pressel’s foundation, surpassing the $750,000 raised last year.
Over the nine years the event has been staged at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla., Pressel has raised more than $5 million to fight the disease that took her mother’s life almost 13 years ago.
“When we set out on this mission, I don’t know that I ever imagined we would be able to have an impact like this, raising $1 million in a single year,” Pressel said. “I first knew it was a possibility about a month ago, when participation from St. Andrews looked like it would be a record year, and we had so much incredible support. But it wasn’t until a last minute anonymous donation on Monday evening that it became a reality.”
Pressel’s mother, Kathy Krickstein Pressel, was diagnosed when Morgan was 11 and died when Morgan was 15. Morgan’s work has led to the creation of the Morgan Pressel Center for Cancer Genetics at the Lynn Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Center at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and also funds the Kathy Krickstein Pressel MammoVan, which makes state-of-the-art digital mammography mobile, taking the technology into communities for residents of Palm Beach County, where Pressel lives.
Pressel won the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award last year for her contributions to the betterment of society through charitable giving. She was 26 at the time, the youngest winner in the five-decade history of the award. She also won the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Bing Crosby Award for her work. So much of Pressel’s fundraising has come from the community in which she was raised in Boca Raton.
“The feeling is overwhelming and humbling,” Pressel said of the efforts. “To think as a community we could come together and make a difference in the lives of others is incredible, regardless of the final dollar number. But these funds will help us continue to leave a lasting impact on our community.”