MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Michael Late Benedum Chapter (MLBC) of the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) held its Seventh Annual Spring Charity Golf Tournament benefiting WVU Children’s Hospital at Ruby Memorial on May 8 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling.
More than 240 golfers, guests, and volunteers attended the event to show their support of the chapter and the hospital. Through the generosity of the members and member companies who sponsored the event, the MLBC made a donation of $30,000 to WVU Children’s, bringing the total raised in seven years to more than $150,000.
“It has been an honor and privilege for the MLBC to participate in fundraising for such a worthy cause. We are tremendously proud of the member participation and volunteers for their work and contributions to our golf outings,” Anthony Farr, current MLBC president, said. “We look forward to our continued partnership with WVU Children’s Hospital and are grateful for the opportunity to give back to our community.”
This year’s donation will be split between the WVU Children’s Hospital expansion fund and the Friends of the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). The money donated by the MLBC is raised through selling golf sponsorships to MLBC members and member companies. Many of the oil and gas companies drilling wells in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, as well as the service companies and law firms that support the oil and gas companies, are the sponsors. It’s also common to have members make individual donations.
“We are very grateful for the Michael Late Benedum Chapter’s continued support of the work we do here at WVU Children’s,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “With their donation to our expansion fund and the Friends of the NICU, they are helping us ensure that the ever-increasing number of families, including those of our tiniest patients, seeking our help will not have to leave West Virginia for the life-saving care they need.”
The MLBC is a local association of the AAPL, with more than 1,500 members engaged in all forms of land-related activities with the oil, gas, and mineral industries. MLBC membership is comprised of landmen working throughout the Appalachian Basin states. Many landowners in these states often times recognize landmen as the face of the oil and gas industry as they have negotiated oil and gas leases or pipeline right-of-way agreements with them. Members of the MLBC have adopted the AAPL’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and are required to represent the industry in a professional and ethical manner. The MLBC holds monthly meetings throughout the region and promotes education, ethics, philanthropy, and networking.