Cancer support group raises $101,000 with golf, tennis tourneys

Pictured are participants in the 2012 Cancer Support Community Greater Miami Golf Tournament.

South Florida business and community leaders came together last month for a funfilled day at the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club to raise money for the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami. The sold-out 2012 Tee Off Fore Wellness Golf & Tennis Tournament attracted a record crowd of more than 250 guests and raised $101,000 for the organization.

Guests enjoyed the first beautiful day of fall with picture-perfect weather for the women’s and men’s doubles tennis tournaments, as well as the golf tournament. Volunteers welcomed event participants with luxury gift bags and giveaways. Guests then enjoyed sampling from premiere food and beverage sponsors, minibreak spa treatments and on course contests. Following the sporting events, all were welcomed to the 19th Hole Cocktail Party, sponsored by SAP International. The day was culminated by a poolside celebratory dinner featuring a silent auction and luxury special drawing.

Pictured are the participants in the 2012 Cancer Support Community Greater Miami Tennis Tournament.

Luxury special drawing prizes included a Prada hangbag donated by Capretto Shoes, South Miami; two Breitling watches donated by H&H Jewels and Breitling; a fashion show and lunch for 25 at Neiman Marcus, Coral Gables; a five-day, Carnival Cruise for two; and a sports prize featuring an autographed LeBron James basketball, two Miami Heat game tickets and a chance to spin tunes with DJ Irie.

The Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (CSCGM) is a non-profit providing free support services to cancer patients and their loved ones. Survivors and active patients take part in a host of educational programs, nutrition and exercise classes and support groups all geared toward helping people deal with the non-medical aspects of coping with cancer day-to-day.

The golf tournament lead sponsor was Sharp General Contractors and tennis tournament lead sponsors were Lindsay Spalding & Julie Steven. Additional tournament sponsors included Alex Roush Architects, Atlantic Doors and Hardware, Bancredito International Bank, Best Roofing Services, Carnival Corporation, Computer Systems and Software, Coventry Health Care of Florida, Cristiano Electric, David Seltzer Law, Dixie York Corporation, Elemis Spa, Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli, FundQuest, GYN Oncology of Miami/Dr. Nicholas Lambrou & Dr. Troy Gatcliffe; Home Design and Remodeling Show, Kim & Bill Kaskel, Jennifer & Eric Levin, Mechanicool, Meg Green & Associates, Miami Gold Coins, Miami Waste Paper.Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra; Packman Neuwahl & Rosenberg; Papa John’s, Perry Ellis International, SapientNitro, Shell Lumber & Hardware, Shepherd Harvey & Associates; Erik Sherman-John Hancock Financial Network, South Miami GOG, Debbie & Robert Sperber, Tracey and Larry Spiegelman, Styles Holdings, Jo Szaro, Patricia and Jack Thompson, Turbine Engine Solutions, Williamson Automotive, Pam and Richard Zakheim.

The CSCGM is part of the Cancer Support Community (CSC) international network. The CSC is considered to be the worldwide leader in psycho social oncology. The local affiliate works in conjunction with South Florida’s leading oncology professionals and premiere cancer centers. All funds raised through this tournament and all dollars the charity generates stay in Miami to support local caner patients and their families. Since opening in 2002, CSCGM has served more than 21,000 people in South Florida.

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