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BELLSOUTH CLASSIC CONTRIBUTES $695,874 TO EGLESTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

 ATLANTA, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- With a big boost from the diverse talents of Nick Price and Bill Cosby, the BellSouth Classic, Atlanta's long-time PGA Tour event, has announced a total contribution of $695,874 to Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University, the tournament's primary charity.
 Of that record-breaking total $488,874 comes directly from proceeds of the Classic which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. An additional $100,000 was raised at a memorable performance by Cosby at the Fox Theatre during tournament week; $75,000 more from the PGA Tour Team Charity Competition, as the BellSouth team, anchored by the Tour's leading money winner, Nick Price, finished second overall; and $32,000 from the PGA Tour Partners Competition.
 During the five years of BellSouth Corporation's sponsorship of the Classic, the total contribution to Egleston has exceeded $2.6 million. And during the past decade of the tournament, nearly $3.8 million has been raised for Atlanta charities.
 "Egleston could not take these bold steps on behalf of children without such generous support from outside our fee structures," said Inman Allen, Egleston's board chairman. Allen added that this year's donation will be used to fund the hospital's neurological rehabilitation unit.
 "We are delighted to, once again, be able to make a substantial contribution to Egleston and to several other needy charities in the Atlanta community," said Harold L. "Leo" Corley, president of the Atlanta Classic Foundation, the tournament's organizing body.
 "This only happens because of the generous corporate commitment provided by BellSouth and the tireless efforts of our dedicated army of volunteers."
 "BellSouth is proud of its contributions to the Atlanta community and especially to Egleston," said company Chairman John Clendenin. "This giving will continue to help the hospital develop state-of-the-art facilities and to further enhance its reputation as one of the nation's finest children's hospitals. We look forward to more great years of association with the Classic Foundation, its world-class tournament and Egleston Children's Hospital."
 In addition to the funds for Egleston, a $6,000 donation will be made to the Atlanta Junior Golf Association, $2,500 to the Georgia State Golf Foundation's Yates Scholarship Program and $10,500 has been earmarked for miscellaneous charities which raises the total 1993 contribution to $714,524.
 The 1994 BellSouth Classic will take place at the Atlanta Country Club, May 2-8, with Nolan Henke expected back to defend his championship.
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 /CONTACT: Kristie Madara of BellSouth, 404-249-2849, or John Marshall, 404-436-2643, for BellSouth/
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