by Eva Potter
The 2012 Italian-American Golf Charity Association, held at Holiday Valley on June 7–9, marks the 42nd year of the tournament and the organization’s support of local cancer treatment and diagnosis at WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y.
According to the charity’s website at www.iacharitygolf.com, “The Italian American Charity Golf Association event was the brainstorm of a small group of community-minded men who wanted to raise money for a local charity. Their dream was to create a golf tournament where one member of each two-man team was of Italian decent and the partner was of another nationality.” The tournament has been held at Holiday Valley since 1989.
In March 2012, the IACGA presented a $50,000 check to WCA Hospital as part of their pledge for a total of $150,000 to go toward the purchase of electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy equipment used in the early diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer. This check represented the proceeds from the 2011 tournament and was the second donation of a three-part commitment to the hospital. To date, IACGA has donated over $1 million to cancer research, diagnosis, treatment and care.
The WCA Cancer Care Program is one of the elite cancer care programs in the nation and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
In other media, Jack Munella, Jr., chair of the Italian-American Golf Charity Association, said, “The success of the Italian American is due to the generous investment of many businesses and individuals in our community who are committed to highest quality of local cancer care. We are very thankful for this commitment because we know our families and friends are well served here in our community hospital. We are gratefully asking our community to support this worthwhile, volunteer-driven effort once again this year.”
Enjoy a weekend of fantastic golf at Holiday Valley while supporting a worthy cause. If you would like to make a charitable contribution to the IAGCA, you can do so at www.iacharitygolf.com via a PayPal payment, or you can mail payment to Italian American, P.O. Box 352, Jamestown, NY 14702-0352.