CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – July 2, 2012 – When the American Cancer Society hosted its annual golf tournament at the Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet last month, the organization also celebrated a milestone with local building supply company, Better Living, the title sponsor of its event. The two organizations have organized the American Cancer Society and Better Living Golf Classic for the last 25 years and have raised more than $900,000 to help the non-profit save more lives from cancer.
Since its inception in 1987, the Golf Classic has provided hundreds of area golfers with an amenity-rich annual tradition of lunch, golf, dinner, awards and prizes. In return, golfers and sponsors have raised significant funds for the Society’s support programs and resources like free transportation, lodging and information to help cancer patients and their caregivers make informed decisions about treatment options. Critical cancer research and advocacy efforts to improve cancer legislation have also been supported with dollars raised through the tournament. Todd Reeder, chair of the volunteer committee, expects the cumulative funds raised for the American Cancer Society to reach $1 million in 2013.
At the event’s dinner on June 4th, Richard Nunley, owner of Better Living, was presented with a special award to celebrate his and the company’s 25 years of support. His wife, Judy, was also recognized as “the woman behind the man” and thanked for her inspiration and support of the tournament. John Nunley, their son, was acknowledged for carrying on the family tradition of support and serving on the event’s volunteer committee.
Wayne Davis, a volunteer committee member, challenged the golfers, guests and sponsors to commit to participating in the 2013 Golf Classic to ensure the $1 million will be raised to help cancer patients and their caregivers. Several golfers responded to the challenge and agreed to serve on the organizing committee to ensure the event’s success.
For more information on the American Cancer Society and Better Living 2013 Golf Classic or to volunteer, contact the Society’s local office at (434) 978-7423.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org. For cancer news in your community, visit sacancernews.org.
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