Gene Sarazen's philosophy was to "build a better way" of life where needs exist. To further the hopes and dreams of individuals and communities in need, Dr. Sarazen helped to establish the Gene and Mary Sarazen Foundation in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Foundation support will reach out to a myriad of needs, ranging from health care to education, families to sports programs. Contributions to the Foundation qualify for a charitable deduction.
In May, 1978, Gene received the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from Siena College in Loudonvile, New York. The Gene and Mary Sarazen Scholarship Fund was later instituted at the suggestion of many of Gene’s close friends, business associates and admirers who wanted a way of expressing their esteem for his high personal, athletic, and intellectual ideals. The scholarship will perpetuate the deep commitment of Gene and Mary Sarazen to humanitarian causes.