Daphne's Headcovers and International Players Tour Establish Strategic Partnership to Benefit Cancer Survivors

Saginaw, TX (PressExposure) April 19, 2008 -- In its continued expansion of partnerships, International Players Tour (IPT) has partnered with one of the premier companies in the golf industry, Daphne’s Headcovers. The resulting profits from the new relationship will be shared with Marathon of Miracles Foundation (MOM), a 501c3 organization dedicated to inspiring, educating and empowering families fighting cancer around the world. “This is truly an exciting and worthwhile venture for IPT,” said Ron Beaman, IPT Founder and President, “We’re certainly honored to have Daphne’s as our “Official Headcover”, since they’ve been recognized for years for their quality products and tremendous customer support. Our mutual agreement to share our profits to support the superb efforts of MOM in working with cancer survivors will benefit a great organization as well.”

In addition to sharing web links on their respective web sites, the agreement includes product distribution rights for IPT and additional brand exposure for Daphne’s at IPT’s 200+event schedule in 2008. In a conversation about the new partnership, Jane Spicer, President of Daphne’s, explained “I am thrilled and honored to join IPT’s effort in supporting the Marathon of Miracles. Together we hope to raise awareness and set in motion our intention to help cure cancer and comfort survivors. Using the wonderful game of golf to set this in motion is such a natural fit for Daphne’s.”

The Daphne’s–IPT partnership further expands Daphne’s involvement and commitment to MOM as well. Earlier this year, Daphne’s started initial production of a pink “Kitty” headcover, featuring the symbolic breast cancer ribbon. A portion of the “Kitty” sales are already being donated to MOM by Daphne’s. “Kitty” is now prominently displayed on the driver of LPGA player Amy Hung, and sales have been brisk in the first quarter. MOM Co-Founder A.J. Ali had this to say about the emerging partnership of Daphne’s and IPT, “This is an extraordinary commitment by two great entities, Daphne’s and the IPT. Ron Beaman and Bill Conwell of the IPT, as well as Jane and Steve Spicer of Daphne’s are all big-hearted people whom I’ve gotten to know quite well. They truly care about people, so I know this partnership will have great meaning and terrific results. We are so grateful for their support of the countless people that are suffering from cancer and in need of assistance in so many areas of their lives.”

About Daphne’s Headcovers:

Founded over 30 years ago, Daphne’s Headcovers was the originator of animal headcovers and is recognized internationally as the leader in top quality headcovers in the world. The company was founded by the mother and daughter team of Daphne and now current president Jane Spicer. Daphne’s headcovers can be found in the finest golf shops and resorts in the world, as well as in the bags of numerous tour players, whose headcovers have been recognized in “Daphne’s Hall of Fame” – including their famous tiger headcover, Ernie Els (Lion), Justin Leonard (Yellow Lab), Rich Beam (Chicken), Gene Sauers (Rottweiller), Aaron Baddley ("Badds" Koala), Craig Stadler (Walrus), Beth Bader (Hope Purple Dolphin), Dottie Pepper (Shih Tzu), Lorena Ochoa(Custom Mexican flag), and many others. Known for exceptional quality and customer service, each headcover is also backed by Daphne’s lifetime guarantee. Learn more about Daphne’s Headcovers at http://www.daphnesheadcovers.com

About Marathon of Miracles Foundation:

The MOM Foundation’s goals are to help meet the financial, emotional, spiritual, physical and medical needs of cancer survivors throughout the world and to open a retreat center in Malibu, California for survivors and their families to experience all-expense-paid-life changing visits. The retreat center will embrace a holistic approach to surviving and thriving including equine therapy, natural remedies, environmental detoxification, healthy diet, mental and physical training, music, laughter, walks on the beach and other therapeutic activities.

The Marathon of Miracles Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission of helping cancer survivors. Every gift to the Foundation is tax deductible and is certainly a blessing to someone in need. More information on support of MOM’s daily efforts to reach people around the globe, or making a contribution directly towards the building of the Malibu retreat center capital campaign can be found at http://www.marathonofmiracles.org.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Send your tax-deductible contribution to The Marathon of Miracles Foundation, 315 Montana Ave. #305, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Product contributions are also welcome. These items will be used in silent and live auctions at MOM Foundation events. Or you can log onto [http://www.survivorcelebration.com] and follow the links to give online. If you are an artist or musician, please consider doing a show to benefit the cause. Thank you and may God Bless You!

After conducting its first event in June, 2002, CGT followed with 17 tournaments in 2002 and awarded nearly $60,000 in prize money. Significant and sustained growth has occurred in subsequent years in player participation, number of events, and prize money. With over 1200 players in their system, IPT management conducted over 150 events in 2007 within ten state and twelve metropolitan city areas with payouts exceeding $570,000. In 2008, the IPT will conduct 200+ events in fifteen different metro areas, culminating in the Tour Championship at the Horseshoe Bay Marriott Resort in Texas, with the winner taking home $20,000 in GUARANTEED first place prize money!

“The Model that Works” is now being adopted effectively and implemented successfully in multiple cities, with projected expansion into 5-10 new markets each year – including international locations - through a unique licensing rights program.

In addition, IPT has expanded its 2008 Senior Tour Division schedule to include 10-12 new 54-hole events across the USA. The Senior Tour Division provides playing opportunities for seniors with competitive aspirations on the PGA Champions Tour or maintaining their level of competition for significant purses. See [http://www.ipgtour.com] for further details

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About International Players Tour

International Players Tour (operated by prior management of Champions Golf Tour (CGT), was launched in January 2008 for the purpose of bringing PGA style competition to avid golfers everywhere. Operations began in April 2002 under the banner of the Champions Golf Tour, which was founded by Ron Beaman in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Ron developed a business model that would provide avid recreational golfers a chance to play in an environment similar to major tour events – “inside the ropes” for significant prize money – utilizing a proprietary handicap system.


Contact:


Bill Conwell
International Players Tour
704.277.3703
bill.conwell@ipgtour.com
[http://www.ipgtour.com]


Jane Spicer
Daphne’s Headcovers
602.279.7457
info@daphnesheadcovers.com
http://www.daphnesheadcovers.com


Jane Ali
Marathon of Miracles Foundation
310.395.5181
jane@survivorcelebration.com
[http://www.survivorcelebration.com]

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Press Release Submitted On: April 04, 2008 at 6:34 am
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