Welcome to the American Cancer Society's Hope Invitational golf tournament. On behalf of the CoBiz Financial family of companies, I am honored to serve as Executive Chair for this important and prestigious event.
CoBiz is a proud partner of American Cancer Society (ACS), supporting its mission to eliminate cancer and the devastating impact cancer has on our society. As an employer, CoBiz sees firsthand the impact of cancer in so many lives. American Cancer Society has become an integral partner in our corporate employee wellness program, focused on prevention and education for our employees and their families.
2013 Marked a very special year for ACS, as we helped celebrate its 100th Birthday at the HOPE Invitational. However, 2014 now marks the beginning of a new century and I invite you to join me in a mission to help finish the fight agains cancer! There is much to celebrate in ACS's first century, including improving the cancer survival rate to 2 out of every 3 diagnosis. However, ACS will not rest until that statistic is a 3 out of 3 survival rate!
Thus, the 9th annual HOPE Invitational promises to be our best year yet as Denver's premier golf outing. Through your sponsorships, you empower the American Cancer Society to pursue its aggressive goals for the year 2015, including decreasing cancer deaths by 50% (saving five million lives) and reducing cancer incidence by 25% (averting six million diagnosis).
Finally, we're pleased to announce we will once again be hosting the 2014 Hope Invitational at Colorado Golf Club, site of the 2013 Solheim Cup, which proved to be the most exciting international stage in women's golf. This first class venue will once again deliver a memorable experience for our sponsors and their guests.
Please join us this year at the Hope Invitational in support of a cause that impact so many-the fight against cancer. In partnership with American Cancer Society, we will help our country stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.
In Good Health,
Senior Vice President, CoBiz Insurance
2014 Hope Invitational Chairman