Willis CEO Heads List of Sponsors for 11th Annual LIFE Event
The Joe Plumeri Family is Lead LIFE Partner in Fight Against Breast Cancer
Val Skinner and LPGA
Pros Tee Up in NJ to Raise Support, Awareness
NEW YORK, June 14, 2010 - Joe Plumeri, Chairman and CEO of global insurance broker Willis Group
Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), served as the lead sponsor for the 11th annual LIFE (LPGA Pros
In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer) Event today at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in
West Caldwell, N.J.
The annual golf gathering, founded by former LPGA pro Val Skinner, benefits breast cancer research and advocacy.
This year's event drew a field of 27 top women professional golfers, including World Golf and
LPGA Halls of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Beth Daniel and Karrie Webb, along with top-ranked players
Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Christina Kim, Anna Nordqvist and Angela Stanford.
This is the third consecutive year that Plumeri has served as a personal donor to the LIFE
Event. His charitable foundation, The Joe Plumeri Family, generously contributed to the fight against breast cancer
through this year's event.
"Breast cancer touches so many lives and so many families," said Plumeri. "The fact is, one in
eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, a shockingly high percentage of the women
we know and love.
"We can - and will - win the fight against breast cancer by increasing awareness, ensuring quality
care and energizing the scientific and medical communities in their search for a cure. I'm enormously
gratified to join Val Skinner and all of the participants and supporters of today's LIFE event
in continuing this important work."
The LIFE Event, under the auspices of the Val Skinner Foundation, has raised $6.3 million to date
for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Cancer
Institute of New Jersey is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer facility which houses the education-based
LIFE Center, named after this advocacy. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the LPGA's official
national charity and largest private backer of breast cancer research and education.
"Thanks to the generous support of partners like Joe Plumeri, the LIFE Event has made a meaningful
contribution to breast cancer awareness, research and advocacy, and I am proud of what we have
accomplished," said Skinner. "However, until we erase breast cancer from our vocabulary, our work is not
done, and we must stay the course with total dedication and commitment.
"This is one of the premier events in the country, gathering the finest of athletes. We are
fortunate to have so many returning supporters who are responsible for our success. Their friendship has
created important programs that can change the future of breast cancer and move us closer to
Skinner has been an advocate for breast cancer awareness since the 1990s. In 1999 she created the
Val Skinner Foundation to assist organizations primarily concentrating on breast cancer research, treatment and education. A
member of three golf Halls of Fame, she played on the LPGA Tour for 21 years,
winning six tournaments and ranking in the top 15 in seven of those years. Skinner has
been the recipient of numerous rewards and honors for her work in the fight against breast
cancer. In addition to overseeing her Foundation, Skinner serves as an analyst for the Golf Channel.
For more information on the 2010 LIFE Event and its beneficiaries and partners, visit www.valskinnerfoundation.org.
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker. Through its subsidiaries, Willis develops and delivers
professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public
entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120 countries,
with a global team of approximately 17,000 employees serving clients in virtually every part of the
world. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.
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