Governors Club Provides a New Source of Support for Children’s Health

UNC Children’s First-Ever Endowed Chair from a Residential Community

Governors Club Provides a New Source of Support for Children’s Health click to enlarge Dr. Timothy Hoffman

For Immediate Release: November 1, 2016
For Information Contact: (919)491-5541

Chapel Hill, NC: This year’s Big Ten – ACC Charity Golf Challenge at Governors Club has special significance as the event celebrates the announcement of the Governors Club Distinguished Professorship in Pediatric Cardiology.

The announcement reflects ten years of effort and leadership from Dr. Fred Bowman, a member of Governors Club and a retired pediatric cardiac surgeon. While Dr. Bowman is an alumnus of the UNC School of Medicine, his UNC ties actually date back to his birth on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. “What we do should have a purpose,” said Dr. Bowman. “This is just our way of giving back.”

Dr. Bowman enlisted the support of Lowell Hoffman, the organizer of the Governors Club Big Ten – ACC Charity Golf Challenge. Participants of the event include alumni from Big Ten and ACC schools, who have a friendly competition to raise money for local charities. Since 2009, the event’s ACC alumni participants have supported the Chair in Pediatric Cardiology. They have raised over half a million dollars.

“This Chair is both a ‘thank you’ and an emblem of recognition for the mission and leadership of the men and women at UNC Children’s,” Mr. Hoffman said.

Dr. Timothy Hoffman, the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at UNC Children’s, will assume the title of Governors Club Distinguished Professor. “I’m so grateful for the support of everyone at Governors Club,” Dr. Hoffman said. “This support couldn’t come at a better time, and will mean a great deal to the children we care for and their families.”

Funds from the Governors Club will be flexible, allowing Dr. Hoffman to identify priority efforts in research, clinical care, and teaching that need support. UNC Children’s will also provide updates on how funds are being used.

About Governors Club: Governors Club is a community of caring people who have found their way to Chapel Hill from across the country and around the world. It is a balance of younger people with families and of retired men and women who find ways to “give back” of their life experience and resources.

The Governors Club community includes some 900 families as well as a separately chartered country club with membership across and beyond the Triangle region. The Club offers a multitude of social and educational programs, dining, fitness and sports activities including 27 holes of Championship Jack Nicklaus golf.

About UNC Children’s: UNC Children's clinical home, N.C. Children's Hospital, is a major referral center for children with complex conditions and consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" on its annual list.

N.C. Children’s Hospital has 150 inpatient beds and a comprehensive children's outpatient center located in the same building, enabling your child to see multiple specialists in a single visit.

Our physicians work hand-in-hand with community hospitals and pediatricians all across the state, providing specialty care to more than 70,000 children from all 100 counties in North Carolina each year.