Charities of choice for the Avnet Classic

PHOENIX – Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, title sponsor of the 2011 Avnet LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Classic, has chosen the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Wounded Warrior Project as their charities of choice for the Avnet Classic. The two charities will be the recipients of a combined donation of approximately $2.8 million worth of television and print advertising. This donation gives each organization the much needed opportunity to raise awareness for their respective causes. Each television spot started running in March on all Raycom Media stations across the country. They also will run during the Golf Channel's coverage of the Avnet LPGA Classic – April 27 to May 1, 2011, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Mobile, Alabama. The print advertisements are running in Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. papers across the country.

"Both of these organizations do vital work in the community – one focused on raising breast cancer awareness, and the other in providing financial support for our returning soldiers. Avnet values that work," said Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas. "With this donation, we hope their causes can reach a wider audience and share their stories of inspiration and hope."

"When someone in the world dies of breast cancer every 69 seconds, it's critical to reach as many people as possible with information that could save their lives," said Leslie Aun, vice president of marketing and communications at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Avnet's generous donation of advertising space will help us share these important messages with millions."

"We are very grateful for the opportunity that Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas is providing to Wounded Warrior Project," said Adam Silva, chief development officer for Wounded Warrior Project. "It is because of generous and engaged organizations like Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas that we are able to reach warriors throughout the country; we are proud to have them join us in our mission of honoring and empowering warriors."

To donate or find out more about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit or to donate or find out more about Wounded Warrior Project, visit For more on the Avnet LPGA Classic, visit

About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's website is located at

About Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2010, Avnet generated revenue of $19.16 billion. For more information, visit