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Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic Raises More Than $1.1 Million for Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
Date:10/2/2008

Inc., and Co-Trustee of The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Including the more than $1.1 million raised this year, the Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic has raised about $4.6 million in its four-year history, making it one of the nation's most successful fundraising events to benefit spinal cord injury research and treatment.

"We're especially grateful for the generous support provided by the sponsors of this year's event, all of whom are key Ameristar business partners," said Gordon Kanofsky, Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Ameristar Casinos, Inc.

This year's event to benefit two organizations

The success of the Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic has enabled the Ameristar Cares Foundation to broaden the beneficiaries of the event to include The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, in addition to The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, which had been the sole beneficiary since the event's inception in 2005.

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project, the world's largest and most comprehensive research facility dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis. The Miami Project was co-founded in 1985 by internationally recognized neurological surgeon Barth A. Green and three families who experienced spinal cord injuries firsthand, including the Buonicontis. After more than two decades of working closely with the organization, Marc Buoniconti was named president of The Miami Project in January 2008.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The organization originally was founded in 1982 as the American Paralysis Association. After Reeve -- an Emmy award winner and Golden Globe nominated actor who is best known for his iconic film portrayal of "Superman" -- was paralyzed in a 1995 equestrian accident, he reached out to the as
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