Golf outing benefits WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Michael Late Benedum Chapter (MLBC) of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) held its Sixth Annual Spring Charity Golf Event benefiting WVU Children’s Hospital on June 12 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling.

More than 230 MLBC members and guests came out to show their support of the chapter and the hospital. Through the generosity of the members and member companies who sponsored the event, the MLBC made a donation of $40,000 to WVU Children’s Hospital, bringing the total raised over the six years to more than $120,000.

“The MLBC is very proud and honored to be able to donate to this hospital that touches so many lives each year,” Chuck Heilmann, current MLBC president, said. “We hope to be able to continue to show our support for many years to come.”

This year’s donation will go toward the WVU Children’s Hospital expansion fund. The money donated by the MLBC is raised through selling golf sponsorships to MLBC members and member companies. Many of the oil and gas companies drilling wells in the Appalachian Basin, as well as the service companies that support the oil and gas companies, are the sponsors. It’s also common to have members make individual donations.

“We are so grateful that the MLBC continues to partner with us each year. With their help, we are able to care for ill and injured children from all over the state and region,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “We thank the MLBC for its generous support and hope that this partnership will continue long into the future.”

The MLBC is a local chapter of the AAPL with more than 1,500 members engaged in all forms of land matters within the oil, gas, and mineral industries. MLBC membership is comprised of landmen working throughout the Appalachian Basin states of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Many landowners in these states may have worked with landmen during the negotiation of an oil and gas lease or a pipeline right-of-way agreement. Members of the MLBC have adopted the AAPL’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and are required to represent the industry in a professional manner and treat the public fairly and honestly. The MLBC holds monthly meetings throughout the region and promotes networking, education, and ethics.

WVU Children’s Hospital – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. It is the state’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. For information on WVU Children’s Hospital, see www.wvukids.com.


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Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
ajk: 06-19-13

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