Organizers set $80,000 goal for October 7 event at Hunt Valley Golf Club
More than 140 golfers have signed up to play in the FAIRWAY TO LIFE Golf Tournament on October 7 at the Hunt Valley Golf Club. The event will benefit the Breast Evaluation and Treatment Program at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore.
"It's a great event for an important cause," says Marie Bowers, the tournament chair who also serves on the Greenebaum Cancer Center's Board of Visitors. "This is the fifth year for the tournament, and every year, it's been more and more successful, thanks to the participants and the generosity of our many sponsors, donors and volunteers." She says the group hopes to raise $80,000 after expenses.
The FAIRWAY TO LIFE Golf Tournament was founded in 1998 by Judy Herman to honor her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor. Since then, more than 500 businesses and individuals have supported the organization's mission to fight breast cancer "one stroke at a time."
Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer is the honorary chair of this year's tournament. Chris Ely, a sports reporter and anchor for WBAL-TV whose wife, Priscilla, died from breast cancer in 1994, will serve as emcee.
Registration opens at 10:30 a.m., followed by a putting clinic, and the tournament begins at noon. Following the tournament, there is a cocktail hour, dinner with awards and prizes, and a silent and live auction.
Every year, the FAIRWAY TO LIFE organization presents a Progress Award to a person or persons whose lives have been touched by breast cancer and who have played a significant role in the fight against the disease and have made a major difference in the lives of others. Last year, the award was presented to Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum. Mrs. Greenebaum is a breast cancer survivor, and the cancer center at the University of Maryland Medical Center was renamed the Greenebaum Cancer Center in recognition of their $10 million gift in 1996.
This year, Harriet Legum, a breast cancer survivor who has been a forceful advocate for breast cancer research and education, will be honored. A founding member of the Baltimore chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Mrs. Legum speaks to young women about breast cancer, co-chairs an educational program for women and helps newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, offering support and personal insight. She also serves on several boards in the community.
The golf tournament will benefit the Breast Evaluation and Treatment Program at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Started more than a decade ago, the program offers a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating breast diseases, including breast cancer. Teams of specialists in breast surgery, radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and plastic surgery work together to develop individualized treatment programs for patients, using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest therapies.
For more information about the FAIRWAY TO LIFE Golf Tournament, contact Gretchen Swimmer of the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation at (410) 328-5770.
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