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MIZUNO PUTS THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR HEART IS -- IN AMERICA

 MIZUNO PUTS THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR HEART IS -- IN AMERICA
 ATLANTA, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Mizuno Golf Company may sound like a Japanese-run company, but a closer look reveals a $50 million corporation run by an all-American management team. Mizuno Golf's 50,000 square foot national headquarters in Norcross, Ga., makes over 20,000 clubs a week. All fork lifts, all boxes, all shafts, grips, labels, all labor and machinery are American. All taxes paid and all profits made stay right here in the United States. But this isn't what makes Mizuno different. It's the company's continued support of charitable activities that separates Mizuno from the other internationally owned companies operating in the States.
 Each year, Mizuno donates nearly half a million dollars in equipment to local charities for their fund raising events. Enough merchandise and financial assistance were given this past year to catch the attention of the Governor's office. This month, the Governor's office, along with the city's Industry and Trade Commission and the local Chamber of Commerce, will officially proclaim Mizuno a "Good Citizen" of Georgia and the Southeast.
 In keeping with the corporation's philanthropic orientation, Mizuno will once again hold their annual celebrity golf classic on June 22 at the state's top-ranked Harbor Club Golf Course on Lake Oconee. All proceeds will benefit Camp Sunshine, Georgia's camp for children with cancer.
 Mickey Mantle will be this year's celebrity host. Other celebrity guests include members of the National League Champions Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons and Hawks players and coaches. Mizuno Golf will give away over $25,000 in prizes to the top 15 teams. Last year's event raised over $45,000 for Camp Sunshine.
 Camp Sunshine is a recreational and learning experience which provides a normal camping adventure for children 7-18 who have cancer. Camp Sunshine operates on the premise that children with cancer want to participate in the normal experiences of growing up. Camp Sunshine allows the children to participate in regular camp activities, while meeting the medical needs of each child with on-site 24-hour professional medical personnel and equipment.
 "It's easy enough to offer passive community support, but we've always tried to take an active role by sponsoring and organizing events like this tournament," said Tom Meyers, Mizuno's marketing services manager. "It's our way of giving something substantial back to the community in which we live."
 Meyers pointed out that the common thread of Mizuno's involvement in the community lies in the fact that this tournament and scores of others like them are focused on the health and rehabilitation needs of children. The company fully sponsors an annual "Tee Off Against Drugs" clinic for Atlanta's inner city youths from high drug traffic areas, as well as a six-year sponsorship of the Council for Children's annual tournaments.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Meyers, Marketing Services Manager, Mizuno, 404-441-5553/ CO: Mizuno Golf Company ST: Georgia IN: ENT SU:


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