Golf Classic to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, September 25, 2012
ATLANTA — The Seena Magowitz Foundation kicks off its fall fundraising drive next week with a golf event in Atlanta.
Howard Young's 2012 Atlanta Golf Classic is expected to draw a sold out limit of 120 competitors to its third annual benefit tournament for pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute.
The Oct. 1 tournament at the Capital City Crabapple Golf Club in Alpharetta, Ga., is co-hosted by the Seena Magowitz Foundation, John Morley, Tom Vitale and Howard Young, a pancreatic cancer survivor who chairs the TGen Foundation's National Pancreatic Cancer Committee.
While only 25% of pancreatic cancer patients live longer than one year, and only 6% live longer than five years, Young has lived nearly 10 years since his diagnosis.
"I have been blessed to survive this terrible disease for the past 10 years," said Young, an Atlanta businessman. "TGen Physician-in-Chief Dr. Daniel Von Hoff and the brilliant pancreatic cancer research team at TGen have provided the treatment that has kept me alive."
The Atlanta Golf Classic kicks off the fall efforts of the Seena Magowitz Foundation, which supports pancreatic cancer research and clinical trials conducted by TGen, a Phoenix-based nonprofit biomedical research center.
On Dec. 8, the Magowitz Foundation will host its 10th annual Seena Magowitz Celebrity Golf Classic, returning for the second year to the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Last year's Phoenix and Atlanta tournaments collectively raised more than $550,000 for TGen's initiative to eradicate pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in America.
"The enthusiasm and support we have received for Howard Young's tournament has been overwhelming," said Roger Magowitz, president of the Magowitz Foundation, which is named for his mother, Seena, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2001. "We expect that energy will carry over to the tournament in Phoenix, where we are anticipating our most successful event ever."
The Golf Classic will take place at the Capital City Crabapple Golf Club in Alpharetta, Ga. The tournament will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by an award lunch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Young said he credits much of the success of the tournament to the efforts of co-hosts John Morley and Tom Vitale, and his parents, Bill and Jane Young.
Donations are still being accepted, and non-golfers are invited to attend the awards luncheon, where a live auction will include an EZGO golf cart.
Contact Tournament Director Liz McBeth at firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 773-3622.