Cleveland Open Players “Bear” Gifts To Cleveland Clinic Children’s

Rust-Oleum Donates Teddy Bears to Cleveland Clinic Children’s, A Special Delivery From the Cleveland Open Players

Vernon Hills, Ill., June 3, 2014 – The patients at Cleveland Clinic Children’s received one-on-one visits from Cleveland Open players and a cuddly teddy bear with help from and Rust-Oleum Corporation today. A PGA TOUR sanctioned event on the TOUR, the Cleveland Open will be held at Lakewood Country Club, featuring a field of 156 golfers competing in over 72 holes of stroke play for a purse of $600,000. The Cleveland Open will also feature fun filled events to celebrate the city of Cleveland including live entertainment and food from several of Cleveland’s food trucks.

            As a sponsor of the Cleveland Open, Rust-Oleum, an RPM Company, looked for opportunities to give back to the local community through its RO Cares program. RPM has a long history of philanthropic engagement with the Cleveland Clinic, including its annual golf outing and annual Children’s Gala, led by RPM President Ronald A. Rice.

            According to, Teddy Bears For Kids, “teddy bears can help young patients make it through stressful situations a little easier.” Rust-Oleum donated teddy bears to share with the young patients at Cleveland Clinic Children’s in an effort to brighten their day. For more than a decade, Rust-Oleum has been supporting organizations, causes and activities that strengthen education, promote wellness and serve the needs of others through its Rust-Oleum Cares program. 

            “We appreciate the golfers making time to visit the kids today,” said Dr. Giovanni Piedimonte, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Children’s.  “The teddy bears brought a smile to the kids’ faces and will make for a nice companion during their hospital stay.” 

            During the visit, the Tour players: Nick Rousey, Oscar Fraustro, Harold Varner, Tony Finau, Jake Scott and Jon Curran individually met with children in their rooms at the clinic to hand deliver teddy bears, sign autographs and spend quality time with them.

            “RPM and Rust-Oleum are happy to be able to support such a great cause in our hometown,” said Ronald A. Rice, RPM International President and Chief Operating Officer. “We’re honored to have worked with the Cleveland Clinic Children’s and and hope that the players presence and the teddy bears have brought a smile to children’s faces.”