Markey Foundation Golf Tourney Sets Record
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2008) - The Markey Cancer Foundation held the fourth annual Markey Golf Classic last week at the University Club of Kentucky and set a new record by raising more than $550,000. The profits will go toward cancer research and patient support programs at the UK HealthCare Markey Cancer Center.
"Once again, I am thrilled that this year's Markey Golf Classic has exceeded all previous years," said Sally Humphrey, chairman of the Markey Cancer Foundation Board of Trustees. "Credit must be given to our committee, our board and especially our generous sponsors."
More than 100 golfers took part in the fundraiser which began with the second annual kick-off dinner. Sponsors and friends enjoyed an evening of great food, live music and a live auction at Mt. Brilliant Farm, home of Becky and Greg Goodman.
The first place winners were Alex Boone and Michael Hebron from Audi of Lexington. Kentucky head men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie and teammate Charlie O'Connor from Ashford Stud/Coolmore America finished in second place, while Nick Nicholson of Keeneland and Bill Farish of Lane's End Farm were the third place finishers. The closest to the pin overall was John J. (Bud) Greely III and the women's winner was Robin Cline of Shawnee Farm. The longest drive was by Dwayne Rogerson of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
The Thoroughbred industry has been a staple of support for the Markey Cancer Foundation since its inception and also provided generous support for the Markey Golf Classic. The entire community is clearly behind the foundation's mission and has stepped up to ensure the tournament continues to be a substantial source of annual financial support for the foundation and the cancer center.
"The Thoroughbred community is honored to continue its association with the Markey Cancer Foundation," said Farish. "This special event allows us to give back to Kentucky by supporting the cancer care and research conducted at the Markey Cancer Center. We have championed Markey from the beginning and we will continue that tradition for years to come."
Several Markey Cancer Foundation board members were an integral part of planning this year's fundraiser. Humphrey, Farish, co-chair Antony Beck, Greg Goodman and Chris Young all served on the golf committee and helped put on this record-setting event. New golf committee members Charlie O'Connor and Bruce Drake were also pivotal in the planning of this year's fundraiser.
Gifts from individuals and organizations to the Markey Cancer Foundation are used to advance cancer research programs, foster innovative patient care, purchase state-of-the-art scientific equipment, and endow chairs and professorships to recruit and retain exceptional doctors at the Markey Cancer Center.
Major sponsors of this year's Markey Golf Classic include:
- $30,000 Sponsor - S&S Tire/Bridgestone
- $30,000 Sponsor - UK HealthCare and UK College of Medicine
- $20,000 Sponsors - Ashford Stud/Coolmore America, Dixiana Farm, Gainesway Farm, Home Depot, Lane's End Farm, Mt. Brilliant Farm, Shawnee Farm, Overbrook Farm, and Waterville Insurance and Bloodstock Services
- $10,000 Sponsors - Audi of Lexington; Tracy Farmer; Fasig-Tipton; Hagyard Equine Medical Institute; John Hendrickson; Keeneland; Pine Mountain Lumber; R.D. Hubbard Enterprises, Inc.; Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital; Vinery, LTD.