Professional golfer Stacy Lewis is donating $20,000 to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch to assist the residents of the greater Atlantic City area adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

"While the LPGA Tour was in Japan, I was heartbroken to see images of the damage caused by Sandy to the Northeast, especially the area near Atlantic City where we play the ShopRite LPGA Classic," Lewis said in a statement. "The people who come out to that tournament are so supportive of women's golf, so I just wanted to find some way to help them through this difficult time."

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The Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Southern Branch serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and southeastern Burlington Counties from its warehouse in Egg Harbor Township.

"We are grateful and honored to receive Stacy’s very generous contribution," said Margie Barham, executive director of the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in a statement. "The area has been hit tremendously hard, and there are so many more people who now need our help and will for a long time to come."

ShopRite LPGA classic executive director  Tim Erensen said that the donation comes a critical time for the area.

"It will go a long way in providing much needed comfort and assistance to those who call the Atlantic City area home," Erensen said in a statement. "Not only is Stacy's indomitable spirit and generosity admirable, but her fondness for our tournament and the people of this region is both comforting and heartwarming."

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