APRIL 19, 2006 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will be one of five Arkansas charities to benefit from the first Jackson T. Stephens Charitable Golf Tournament.
The first tournament in a five-year series was announced April 12 by Warren Stephens, Stephens’ son and founder and president of The Alotian Club, where all the tournaments will be played. The first one is set for May 29-30.
Golf professional Tiger Woods will be the special guest at the first tournament, which is expected to raise $1 million. The invitation-only tournament has attracted participants from across the country. Other Arkansas organizations to benefit from the event are: The First Tee chapters of Little Rock and Fort Smith, The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, The Arkansas Arts Center and Episcopal Collegiate School.
“UAMS is honored to be chosen as one of the organizations to benefit from this exciting new endeavor,” said I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., UAMS chancellor. “Jack Stephens was a generous man, and I believe it is fitting that his generosity still continues through this tournament, which was named after him.”
Jackson T. Stephens was a strong supporter of UAMS before his death in July 2005 at age 81, giving more than $55 million since 1985. These gifts include $1.5 million in 1999 and 2003 for two endowed chairs in geriatric medicine.
In 2002 he gave $48 million for the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute. That gift included $2 million for the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair in Spine Surgery. Stephens gave $2.1 million in 2004 for the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.