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Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation
Donates $100,000 To Support Local Education and Youth

Third year LECOM Health Challenge proceeds benefit LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, Jamestown Community College School Scholarship Funds and Mikey’s Way

JAMESTOWN, NY – (November 13, 2018) –  The Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC), the host organization of the Korn Ferry Tour’s LECOM Health Challenge, today donated $100,000 of recent tournament proceeds. Funds will benefit Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LECOM) Student Scholarship Fund, Jamestown Community College Student Scholarship Funds and Mikey’s Way.

“For the past three years, the LECOM Health Challenge has provided an important platform to showcase and celebrate all that Chautauqua County has to offer, from our diverse recreation to the strength of our community,” said George Borrello, Chautauqua County Executive, “and we’re thrilled the tournament continues to create opportunities to give back to some of the groups that help our region thrive.”

“We have the privilege of supporting the remarkable work done by organizations like LECOM, Jamestown Community College and Mikey’s Way through charitable funds generated by the success of our third LECOM Health Challenge,” said Mark Geise, tournament spokesperson and CEO of the CREDC. “From scholarships that help students pursue higher education to helping children with cancer stay connected to friends and family during treatment, we’re proud to donate to these worthy benefactors that provide important services in our community.”

In three year’s since the inaugural tee-off at Peek’n Peak, the LECOM Health Challenge has generated $305,000 in charitable donations.

“This donation is a testament to the incredible work done by the CREDC, PGA TOUR and the volunteers. The LECOM Health Challenge not only brings world-class golf to the region, but also highlights our school’s commitment to health and well-being in the communities it serves,” said John M. Ferretti, D.O., LECOM President and CEO. “The scholarship dollars will support LECOM students pursuing careers in fields such as osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and dentistry.”

LECOM, a private, non-profit graduate school based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the title sponsor of the tournament and a national industry leader in health care education.

“Jamestown Community College provides a quality education at an affordable cost for students looking to begin or continue their education,” said Daniel DeMarte, president of Jamestown Community College. “One of our core values is a commitment to community partnership, and the tournament’s contributions are a demonstration of a shared dedication and responsibility to the economic, social, and cultural well-being of our community.”

“The continued support from the LECOM Health Challenge and CREDC has helped further our mission of providing technology to children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses,” said Les Friedman, president and CEO of Mikey’s Way Foundation. “Donations like this make it possible to help them cope by connecting them with family and friends using Wi-Fi ready technology during emotional and physical hardships resulting from their treatment.”

The LECOM Health Challenge marked its third year at Peek’n Peak Resort’s Upper Course in 2018. The tournament week calendar was filled with activities including July 4th festivities, a Junior Clinic and a Pro-Am followed by four official rounds of competition where Nelson Ledesma claimed his first Korn Ferry Tour win. The 2019 LECOM Health Challenge will tee off on Indepedence Day at Peek’n Peak, with tournament play July 4-7.

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The LECOM Health Challenge is a Korn Ferry Tour event hosted at Peek’n Peak’s “Upper Course” on July 5 – 8, 2018.  A week-long schedule of events will include a Pro-Am, followed by four official rounds of tournament competition. With LECOM serving as title sponsor and the CREDC acting as the host organization, proceeds from the tournament will benefit the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund, as well as other local charities. For more information, visit


In just over 25 years, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has grown to become the largest and one of the most affordable medical colleges in the country. Enrollment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine and Master’s Degree Programs has surpassed 4100 students at campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa. and Bradenton, Fla. More than 11,000 LECOM graduates are providing health care to patients across the United States.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy attract more applicants than any other programs in the country by offering innovative, student-centered and affordable degree programs.  LECOM medical college tuition is the second lowest private college tuition in the U.S and LECOM consistently ranks in the top ten programs for graduating primary care physicians. In addition to providing healthcare providers to serve patient needs, the College also offers master’s degree programs to prepare professionals who can run the business of health care, serve the patient’s best interests and teach future physicians, pharmacists and dentists.

LECOM is the core of an osteopathic academic health center. LECOM Health is a highly innovative health care and education system that strives to add to the quality of life of our neighbors by bringing total health care to the community.  Members of LECOM Health include the College, Millcreek Community Hospital, Corry Memorial Hospital, the clinical practices of Medical Associates of Erie, LECOM Senior Living Center, LECOM Senior Living Communities, LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center, LECOM Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lifeworks Erie, and Visiting Nurses Association of Erie County.

As LECOM continues to contribute to health and wellbeing for everyone, it looks forward to continued growth and preparation of future healthcare providers to provide quality care for generations to come.


Founded in 1950, Jamestown Community College was the first community college certified in the State University of New York system. JCC is a comprehensive student-centered institution that embraces academic excellence and meets the region’s learning needs in diverse ways.


Mikey’s Way Foundation helps children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses connect to their family, friends, and school. We do this by gifting patients laptop computers, tablets, and other internet-ready electronics.