New York, United States: On what would have been Arnold Palmer’s 90th birthday yesterday, the Empire State Building was lit in the golfing legend’s official colours of red, yellow, white and green in honour of the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation (AWPF) and the impact Palmer continues to have across the world.
“My dad always said it was the greatest privilege to give back when possible, and the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation is a testament to that,” said Amy Palmer Saunders, Palmer’s daughter and Chair of the Arnold Palmer companies and the Foundation. “That the Empire State Building is honouring his efforts with a lighting on what would have been his 90th birthday is a tremendous honour, and one that he would have enjoyed.”
Jon Podany, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises and AWPF President, said “We are honoured that the Empire State Building, one of the world’s greatest buildings, is honouring the efforts of one of our country’s greatest sons.
“Arnold Palmer brought a lot of light into this world, light that continues to shine brightly through the Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation and the Palmer companies. This lighting is a strong statement of that, and to Palmer fans all over the world it’s a beautiful sight.”
The Empire State Building lighting was the crowning moment on a full day of birthday celebrations being staged by the Foundation and by partners and friends across the United States to celebrate the legendary golfer, aviator, businessman and philanthropist. Other events included a display of 90 lit umbrellas in Latrobe, co-ordinated by the Pilobolus dance company; special GOLF Channel programming; an auction to benefit AWPF; and much more.
The Arnold and Winnie Palmer Foundation is dedicated to efforts on behalf of children’s health, youth character development and nature-focused wellness.