GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Stacy Lewis feels at home in Atlantic County so when she saw the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last fall she felt she had to do something.
The 2012 ShopRite LPGA Classic champion donated $20,000 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch in Egg Harbor Township. The money helped the organization get food and relief to storm victims.
Lewis’ donation was revealed Monday as Lewis returned to Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club for the tournament’s media day to promote the event. This year’s Classic will be held May 31-June 2 on the Bay Course at Seaview.
Atlantic County officials honored Lewis for her donation. Galloway Township named Monday “Stacy Lewis Day,” while the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce presented her with a community hero award.
Lewis was in Japan for a tournament when Sandy struck. She watched the coverage on CNN, the only English speaking channel in her hotel room.
Lewis, who grew up in Texas and now lives in Florida, has emerged as one of the top stories in golf the past year.
Lewis’ victory at ShopRite helped propel to the LPGA’s Rolex Player of the Year honors. Lewis was the first American to win the award since Beth Daniel in 1994.
Lewis, 28, already was won twice this year was ranked No. 1 in the world for part of this season. She is currently ranked No. 2 behind Inbee Park of South Korea.