Augusta National to donate property, money for COVID-19 vaccination centers
Augusta National and Masters chairman Fred Ridley announced Wednesday a partnership with the club and local officials to administer COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the community.
Teaming up with Augusta University Health, Augusta National will provide property to serve as a vaccination site for the area. This location, designated in the Washington Square center, will be operated by AU Health and accommodate Augusta residents. The location will open Feb. 8 and will remain open as long as needed.
The club has also reached an agreement with the Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area to donate $1 million each to support vaccination efforts. The money will go to operating the Washington Square facility and allow the opening of pop-up clinics in underserved neighborhoods near the club.
“Helping expand access to COVID-19 vaccinations is another meaningful way to do more for our neighbors in the Augusta community that has supported the Masters Tournament for more than 80 years,” Ridley said. “The dedication of Augusta University Health, Georgia Department of Public Health and all health care providers working courageously during this pandemic is inspiring, and they deserve our enduring gratitude and support. We hope these resources will have an immediate impact on their efforts to protect those most vulnerable and our community at large through more vaccinations."
Wednesday’s announcement continues the club’s trend of investing in the Augusta community. Since March 2020, Augusta National has donated millions to COVID-19 response efforts, spurred by a $2 million pledge. And in the fall, the club announced it will fund the creation of a women’s golf program at Paine College, a Historically Black College and University located in Augusta, as well as establish the Lee Elder Scholarships at Paine College in his honor.