Arkansas Children's Hospital Reviewing Future of Petrino Charity Golf Classic

by Mark Friedman  on Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2012 9:51 am  

Bobby and Becky Petrino at a September news conference at Arkansas Children's Hospital. (Photo by Mark Friedman.)

Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation officials are mulling over how to proceed with the Bobby Petrino Charity Golf Classic, which is scheduled for June 18 at the Country Club of Little Rock, after the University of Arkansas fired the football coach Tuesday.

"We right now are discussing it with our foundation board leadership and the golf committee," Cris McCreight, a spokeswoman for the foundation, told Arkansas Business on Wednesday. "We don't know for certain at this point what will happen."  

She said she didn't know what options are being discussed or who had committed to the tournament.

In September, Petrino said in a news conference at the ACH that he was starting an annual golf tournament to raise money for the hospital.

"Becky and I chose to support Arkansas Children's Hospital because we believe in the mission of this amazing institution," Bobby Petrino said in a September news release. "As parents, we know the importance of having such a facility here in our state."

On Tuesday, Petrino was fired from the University of Arkansas after a review of his relationship with a 25-year-old staff employee and his attempts to mislead the university about her hiring and involvement in his April 1 motorcycle accident.

Also in September, the Petrinos announced they were giving $250,000 for construction of the hospital's South Wing. ACH said in September that it would name a family lounge and waiting area in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in the Petrinos' honor.

McCreight said Wednesday that she didn't know if the unit would still be named after the Petrinos.

"The building is not open yet, ... so no one's name is up yet," she said.

The 258,000-SF South Wing is expected to open in July.

"Right now ... the thing that we're concentrating on is determining what will happen with the golf tournament," McCreight said.



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