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Vera Bradley Classic raises record funds

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 9:11 am

The 2014 Vera Bradley Classic golf and tennis tournament raised a record $1,083,629 for breast cancer research, according to a Vera Bradley representative.

During the four-day event that ended Monday, 600 golf and tennis players from 16 states participated in the tournament, and 300 volunteers helped make the event a success, according to Melissa Schnekel, Vera Bradley's corporate PR manager.

All funds raised go to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

She also said people purchased $5 pink ribbons to display around the city. Each of the 12,000 ribbons purchased are named for survivors and/or deceased who have had breast cancer as well as supporters who have never had cancer.

The Vera Bradley Classic is the largest women's amateur golf and tennis charity event in the nation. The Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer has contributed $21 million to the cancer center.