Conn. August 6, 2014)
– Nearly 100 golfers from across New England will come together for the 5th
Annual Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital
and Medical Center.
The tournament will be held on
August 7, at Tunxis Plantation in Farmington. Shotgun start is at 8:45 a.m.,
with lunch and the award ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, of Johns
Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, a retired neurosurgeon and New York Times best-selling author, will
serve as Honorary Chairman. He is assisted by Co-Chairs, Alan Lazowski, owner
of LAZ Parking, and Eric Zachs and The Eric and Jessica Zachs Family
“We graciously thank our sponsors
for joining us in a most worthy cause to fight prostate cancer,” said Curtis D.
Robinson, charter funder of the Men’s
Health Institute. “Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer
death in men, and African-American men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with
the disease. We must continue to do all that we can to educate, inform and,
most importantly, find a cure.
“We are very grateful to our supporters who
have helped us raise over $400,000 towards programs and outreach at the Men’s Health Institute,” stated
Robinson, businessman, philanthropist, prostate cancer survivor and a Saint
Francis board member.
Lead sponsors of the tournament include: LAZ
Parking, The Eric and Jessica Zachs Family Foundation, American Adjustment
Bureau, Collins Medical, Hartford Steam Boiler and Oracle.
Celebrities participating in the
tournament include: actor Clifton Davis; sports broadcaster Joe D’Ambrosio; University
of Hartford Athletic Director, Anton Goff; and Scott Burrell, Assistant
Basketball Coach at Quinnipiac University.
The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute was founded in 2010. Its
mission is to address the racial disparities in men’s health, particularly in
the areas of patient education, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of
African-American men at risk for prostate cancer.
Working with community
organizations, the Curtis D. Robinson
Men’s Health Institute reaches out to the African-American, Latino/Hispanic
and other underserved community members by hosting educational programs and
screenings at churches, mosques and other faith-based institutions to inform men
and their families of the risk of prostate cancer.
“Saint Francis has recognized
that it is vital to go into the communities where our patients live and provide
health services that can change their lives,” said Christopher M. Dadlez,
President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Francis.
Since its inception, the Men’s Health Institute has reached more
than 4,600 men and their families, and approximately 1,200 have received PSA
and DRE tests which have helped save the lives of more than 30 men from
In 2011, the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute, Saint Francis and
Tuskegee University entered into a first-of-its-kind formal partnership to find
a cure for prostate cancer.
“We have identified a unique gene
signature in African-Americans,” said Dr. Clayton Yates, Associate Professor of
Biology for the Center of Cancer Research at Tuskegee University. “The plans
now are to utilize this signature, particularly in African-Americans, to
determine which tumors need to be treated and to develop better treatment.”
tax-deductible donations will go to help provide medical treatment for men
diagnosed with prostate cancer who are uninsured or underinsured, as funds are
available. Financial contributions to the tournament and the Institute can be made by going online
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care
include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint
Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut,
the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew
J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience
Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare
Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical
Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care
Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access
Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the
region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.