Monday, April 8 2013, 01:25 PM EDT
Peyton Donates $500,000 to Pat Summitt Foundation
Advisory Board Chairman James A. Haslam II of The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, announces that Advisory Board Honorary Co-Chair Peyton Manning and his wife Ashley have made a major gift commitment of $500,000 to the foundation.
“On behalf of the entire board, we extend our deepest appreciation for the Mannings’ investment in the foundation,” Haslam said. “Almost every family in America is touched in some way by Alzheimer’s disease, and it is our hope to help find a cure as quickly as possible.
Haslam continued, “As we all know, Pat Summitt has been a success at everything she has ever taken on and we truly believe the Mannings’ gift and our efforts with Pat’s team will make a huge difference on the national platform for Alzheimer’s. Together We Will Win!”
“I have such great respect and admiration for Coach Summitt as a mentor, coach and friend from my days as a Tennessee Volunteer and throughout my pro career,” Manning said. “I hope my role as Honorary Co-Chair can bring attention to the important mission of defeating Alzheimer’s through research for a cure, support services for patients and caregivers, and building education and awareness.”
Manning continued, “Both Ashley and I believe it’s imperative we make our own personal contribution to advance this critical work in addition to serving in a volunteer capacity with the foundation. We are hopeful others will follow Pat’s lead and come to the aid of the more than five and a half million Americans impacted by this disease.”
Acknowledging the largest major gift announcement to date for the foundation, Pat and Tyler Summitt expressed their sincere thanks and appreciation.
"My mother and I are humbled and very grateful for this most generous gift from Peyton and Ashley Manning to our Foundation and for their willingness to lend their names and leadership to our fight,” Tyler said.
Pat Summitt echoed Tyler’s sentiments, saying, “I’m so proud and honored to have Peyton and Ashley Manning on our team. It’s hard to find words that can adequately express how much their gift and involvement means to me personally and to our goal to defeat Alzheimer’s disease.
Tyler and I are truly thankful for what this gift can do to help those suffering from and living with Alzheimer’s and its related dementias."