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Camilo Villegas Joins Vijay Singh in Supporting 'Eagles for St. Jude' Program

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R) and Stanford Financial Group announced that Camilo Villegas has joined Vijay Singh in participating in the 2008 Eagles for St. Jude program. Villegas has pledged to donate $3,000 to St. Jude for every eagle he makes on the 2008 PGA TOUR. Earlier this year, Singh committed to donate $5,000 for every eagle he makes on the TOUR this season, and he donated $50,000 to St. Jude for his participation in the 2007 Eagles for St. Jude program.

Singh said, "This is great news for the kids at St. Jude. I am so pleased that other PGA pros are joining me in the incredible program -- and I extend an invitation to other golfers to join us. Camilo is a great golfer, so I'm sure his donation for the 2008 TOUR will be significant!"

Villegas said that knowing his participation would help the children at St. Jude made the decision an easy one. "I can't think of a better motivation to play well than to know you are helping the kids at St. Jude," he said. "And while I look forward to making the most eagles I can each season, this year I'll have an added incentive."

The Eagles for St. Jude program was created in Stanford's inaugural sponsorship year of the Stanford St. Jude Championship out of the desire to provide a season-long fundraising component to the Memphis PGA TOUR stop. For the program, Stanford committed to donate $1,000 for every eagle made on the TOUR. During the 2007 PGA TOUR, 1,222 eagles were made, which resulted in Stanford donating $1,222,000 to St. Jude for the Eagles program. Stanford will continue to donate $1,000 per eagle for the entire 2008 season. The program is also supported by the Golf Channel, which provides season-long updates and promotional support for Eagles for St. Jude.

Sir Allen Stanford, Chairman and CEO of Stanford Financial Group, said, "St. Jude is vital in the battle against catastrophic childhood diseases and we want the world to know it. It is our hope that the Eagles for St. Jude program will increase awareness for this special place and encourage golf fans to donate to this worthy cause."

"Eagles for St. Jude is a wonderfully unique program that shows Stanford's amazing commitment to the kids of St. Jude. It will be thrilling to watch the eagles accumulating throughout the PGA TOUR, knowing that each one will help support St. Jude's ground-breaking research and life-saving care," said John P. Moses, CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude, the fundraising organization of St. Jude.

Public donations to Eagles for St. Jude can be made at Also available on is a scorecard that provides program participants and fans alike the opportunity to view the cumulative number of eagles carded for Singh and other PGA TOUR professionals. In addition, visitors can view the Eagles for St. Jude commercial featuring Singh and St. Jude patients and read about patients who are featured in the commercial.

In 2007, Stanford Financial Group assumed the title sponsorship of what was previously known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic and is now named the Stanford St. Jude Championship, a premier PGA TOUR event that has benefited St. Jude since 1970.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit

About Stanford Financial Group

Stanford Financial Group is a privately held global network of independent, affiliated financial services companies led by Chairman and CEO Sir Allen Stanford. The first Stanford company was founded by his grandfather, Lodis B. Stanford in 1932. Stanford's core businesses are private wealth management and investment banking for institutions and emerging growth companies.

The Stanford Financial Group of companies provides private and institutional investors with global expertise in asset allocation strategies, investment advisory services, award-winning policy and equity research, international private banking and trust administration, commercial banking, investment banking, merchant banking, institutional sales and trading, real estate investment and insurance. Stanford has over $43 billion in assets under management or advisement. Stanford Financial has made it a priority to invest in the communities in which it operates across the globe through signature corporate philanthropy initiatives with nonprofit organizations such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and countless local and national charities that strengthen communities.

Securities products and services in the United States are offered through Stanford Group Company, member FINRA/SIPC. Stanford Financial Group is not a legal entity, but a registered trademark which encompasses the global network of independent, but affiliated, privately held and wholly owned entities. More information on the company can be found at

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