The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis received a boost of $777,000 last week, the proceeds of the inaugural Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic held at the Tiffany Greens Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo.
The golf tournament was the brainchild of Ameristar Casinos Chairman and CEO Craig H. Neilsen and was held under the sponsorship of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. Other sponsors included key Ameristar vendors and business associates from across the country.
Ameristar and the Foundation absorbed all administrative costs for the tournament so that all of the proceeds could be donated directly to the Buoniconti Fund, an organization that was founded in Florida by the Buoniconti family to work on the problems of spinal cord injury.
Upon receiving the proceeds, Marc Buoniconti remarked, "The Buoniconti Fund is delighted to be the beneficiary of this inaugural tournament." He announced that the funds would be directed toward two current projects that are believed to offer great hope to the more than 250,000 people in the U.S. who suffer from spinal cord injury.