GAC’s premier golf tournament is right around the corner and Humble- and Houston-area golfers are encouraged to sign up.
“This will be the 22nd year for GAC’s fundraising event,” according to Brian Clary, local attorney and long-time board member for GAC.
– GAC honors greats in golf, medicine –
“The tournament kicks off with a dinner and auction on Saturday evening at the Clubs of Kingwood. The diamond and platinum sponsors’ tournament will be held on Sunday and the GAC tournament, the main event, will be held on Monday. You can find out more at golfersagainstcancer.org.”
This year’s event honors two giants – one in the field of medicine and the second, a legend in the sport of golf. MD Anderson’s Dr. Jim Allison was recently named a Nobel Prize recipient in the field of medicine. The second honoree is former touring professional Bruce Lietzke, a winner on both the PGA as well as the Champions Tours. He succumbed to glioblastoma earlier this year. GAC has funded a number of research projects on the treatment and cure of glioblastoma.
Special Pro Am
“In addition to the sponsors tournament and the main tournament on Monday, there is also a special Mike Longpre’ ProAm tournament that is held in conjunction with the main tournament with a purse of $25,000; $10,000 for first place,” according to tournament director and board member Bob Spinetti.
The annual GAC event, scheduled during the weekend and Monday prior to Thanksgiving, is not just a tournament, according to Spinetti, but an exciting weekend featuring a dinner on Saturday – with live and silent auctions – and ending with post-tournament festivities on Monday.
About Golfers Against Cancer
Since the beginning, the goal of the Golfers Against Cancer (GAC) events has been consistent – to raise money for cancer research. Brian Clary explains that the success of GAC is due to the hard work of an all-volunteer board and the support of its sponsors, including their title sponsor, United Airlines.
“This local 501(c)(3) charitable organization has raised more than $23 million in total contributions, including matching funds, generated by the Kingwood tournament along with related GAC tournaments and dinners across the country. All money goes directly to fund worthy cancer research projects at leading institutions, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine, just to name a few,” said Clary. “Despite GAC’s success, far too many are affected by this dreaded disease.”
That and the loss of close friends to cancer sparked GAC to be founded by a group of Deerwood Golf Club members over 20 years ago. Through the inspiration and vision of founders Susan and Bobby Jones, Laurie Ducey, Sally Roberts, Bob Spinetti and Sarah Longpre’, GAC was formed.
The first year of fundraising featured a golf tournament at Deerwood. The results exceeded all expectations by raising $85,000, and with that success, the group incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The following year, in addition to the tournament, a gala was held, complete with a dinner and auction. GAC expanded nationally and similar fundraisers were held across the country including in Orange County, Calif., Atlanta, Greensboro, New York, Boston, Denver, Dallas, and Bradenton, Fla. A Pro-am tournament named the Mike Longpre’ Memorial Tournament was added.
To date, this grassroots organization has raised, including matching funds, $23.9 million. This level of success would not have been possible without the dedication of GAC’s all-volunteer staff. The tournament and gala always take place the Saturday, Sunday and Monday prior to Thanksgiving. Anyone interested in participating in these events, or contributing their time to GAC efforts, can find out more at golfersagainstcancer.org.