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August 2011

Where Did Summer Go?

Are any of you wondering what happened to the summer? Mike and I were talking this morning about how fast it’s gone by; we blinked and now it’s August! Part of that may be our sleep schedules, or lack thereof. Having a newborn and a toddler in the house is, I dare say, perhaps as tough a test as the U.S. Women’s Open. I certainly got more rest then, but I wouldn’t trade a second of our hectic, non-stop and happy life today. Ava is growing up; she will be two in September. She loves her little brother Will, who just this week got his official passport photo so we can travel abroad together as a family. We are headed to Lake Tahoe next week for our annual summer visit. We’re looking forward to some fun family time and maybe a bit slower pace at the lake, but I may have to add one more item to my to-do list: “Sit and enjoy the sunset!” I hope you can find a few moments to do the same this month. Thanks for sharing my passion, and see you in September. ~ Annika


Foundation Events in August

On Aug. 9, 100 underserved kids will visit the ANNIKA Academy to participate in the second ANNIKA Junior Day in Memory of Holly Baxter , a loving mother and golfer who passed away in 2007. Just a few weeks later, we’ll launch the ANNIKA Invitational at my namesake course at Mission Hills; this will be China’s first girls only junior tournament. The 54-hole stroke-play competition is open to players of all nationalities and will feature two divisions: girls under 18 years and girls under 15 years. The three low scorers will win spots in the 2012 ANNIKA Invitational in Orlando. The tournament is Aug. 24-26. Read More Here.


Help Us Defeat Breast Cancer

In 2011, it is estimated that more than 232,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. alone. The ANNIKA Academy is going pink in October. Join us in supporting the fight during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by booking a core package between Aug. 1 and Oct. 31, and 10 percent of the package price will support health, wellness and breast care education. The Academy designates Women Playing for T.I.M.E.  as their charitable beneficiary; now in its 19th year, the group partners with MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando to defeat cancer as it affects women and their families in our community. Guests must attend the package in October. Book now to make a difference and support this wonderful cause! 


Helping Friends Who Help Youth

I am excited to join my friend Notah and a great group of golfers for the fourth annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge. We’ll tee it up on Aug. 31 at Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote Golf Club near Verona, N.Y. Notah’s foundation does great things for Native American Youth, and their efforts align closely with my foundation's efforts to fight childhood obesity. This event will raise awareness and funds to improve health and wellness of Native American youth on Indian reservations nationwide. Read More Here.


The A List

Even today, as an adult, I get a little giggly seeing the iconic stripes of a Polarn O. Pyret T-shirt. I wore their clothes as a child growing up in Sweden, and today, Ava and Will happily wear Polarn O. Pyret clothing that lets kids be kids. Soft organic cottons are snuggly next to the skin but sturdy and hold up wash after wash, and I like that Polarn O. Pyret makes socially and environmentally responsible choices, knowing that what’s good for children is good for adults, too. Check them out.

Partner Spotlight

ANNIKA Collection by Cutter & Buck

Seattle-based apparel manufacturer Cutter & Buck has produced the ANNIKA line since 2004, and my relationship with the upscale apparel maker dates back even farther. I wear their clothes for my business, leisure and life as a mom. I am very proud to have my name associated with the company, and I’m excited to announce the release of the new Spring 2012 line. With each seasonal release, The ANNIKA Collection by Cutter & Buck grows in popularity, with overwhelming demand. We’re featuring three new lines for Spring 2012: Gold Dust is a powerful, sophisticated group with hits of gold shine. Iris connects femininity with technology, blending purples with inky grey greens. Prep uses playful patterns such as off-kilter argyles and bold, bright plaids. The line will be available to buyers at the PGA Merchandise Show in Las Vegas, Aug. 23-24. Read More Here.

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