Morgan Hoffmann, PGA TOUR Pro & Wyckoff Native, “Stepped” Up to the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Pedometer Challenge at The Barclays

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PGA TOUR Pro and Horizon BCBSNJ Raise Funds for Charity, Support Health and Wellness During The Barclays

PGA TOUR Pro Morgan Hoffmann accepts Horizon BCBSNJ’s pedometer challenge to raise funds for the New Jersey Golf Foundation.

The Barclays, the first event in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs, wrapped up this past weekend, but Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s charitable donations continue even though the PGA TOUR has left the state.

Last Tuesday, Horizon BCBSNJ challenged golf pro and Wyckoff native, Morgan Hoffmann, to wear a pedometer and rack up as many steps as possible while competing in The Barclays at Liberty National in Jersey City. The challenge came on the same day Horizon announced that it was making a $5,000 donation to the New Jersey Golf Foundation, so the company promised to add another $1,000 for every 10,000 steps Hoffman logged on his pedometer during The Barclays.

Hoffmann tracked his steps throughout the tournament and recorded 42,610 steps. When translated into dollars, the steps add $4,000 to the charitable contribution, bringing Horizon’s total donation to the New Jersey Golf Foundation to $9,000.

Hoffmann took time from his busy golf week to join Horizon BCBSNJ at the Horizon Health and Wellness Center at Liberty National to sign autographs, give golf tips to children and present the initial $5,000 donation to the New Jersey Golf Foundation.

“We truly appreciate the time and enthusiasm Morgan Hoffmann put into this event and we are thrilled to almost double our initial donation to the New Jersey Golf Foundation because of the steps Morgan took,” said Jonathan R. Pearson, Executive Director of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. “We look forward to working with Morgan again and hope he will win a future PGA Tour event in his home state.” Last Thursday, Hoffmann carded a 4-under, 67 and took 19,413 steps. After a tough second round, Morgan missed the cut to continue into Saturday and Sunday.

“We want to thank The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey for its generous donation and continued support in helping us bring the game of golf to young golfers who may someday follow in Morgan’s footsteps and represent New Jersey in future PGA TOUR events,” said Chris Hunt, Executive Director of the New Jersey Golf Foundation.

Through the PGA TOUR’s charitable efforts, millions of dollars each year go back to communities where tour events like the Barclays are played, benefitting nearly 3,000 charities and countless individuals worldwide.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health services corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, serving 3.7 million members with headquarters in Newark and offices in Wall, Mt. Laurel, and West Trenton. Learn more at http://www.HorizonBlue.com.

About The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey promotes health, well-being, and quality of life across our state by supporting charitable organizations. For more information about the Foundation, visit http://www.horizonblue.com/foundation.

About the NJ Golf Foundation
The NJ Golf Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA and is dedicated to positively impacting lives and communities through the game of golf. To learn more visit: http://www.njgolffoundation.com.

About The Barclays

The Barclays has been a part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1967 when Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural event at Westchester Country Club. Since that time, some of the greatest players in the game have earned the title including World Golf Hall of Famers Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller, Raymond Floyd, Seve Ballesteros, Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange and the new defending champion, Nick Watney, 2012 winner of The Barclays. Many of the world’s current top players have won the event as well, including two-time champions Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia, and four-time champion Vijay Singh. As the first of four playoff events, The Barclays plays a leading role in the FedExCup, the season-long competition that is the centerpiece of the PGA TOUR season. For tournament information, please visit http://www.thebarclaysgolf.com.

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