Tee It Up for Brain Tumor Research 2010: Second Annual BSF Golf and Tennis Classic

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The Brain Science Foundation’s Golf & Tennis Classic, “Tee It Up for Brain Tumor Research” was held on Monday, September 20, 2010 at Willowbend Country Club in Mashpee, MA.  The second annual classic drew 96 golfers and 12 tennis players to participate, and raised over $70,000 that will go directly toward research to help eradicate meningiomas and other primary brain tumors.

Top sponsors included Suffolk Construction’s Red & Blue Foundation, EFG International, Wells Fargo, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Kessler Family Foundation, New England Capital and Arbor Networks. The BSF is truly appreciative of our sponsors!

Along Willowbend’s Bog and Bend courses, golfers had a chance to participate in several contests, adding a little fun competition to the day.  Hole-in-One Sponsors included Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury and Herb Connolly Motors. Golfers admired the brand new Mercedes Benz and Acura located on the links. There were several close shots but the cars did not find new owners that day!  Players also enjoyed the signature “Chip Away Brain Tumors” chipping contest, where players were challenged to chip brain shaped stress balls into the cup, and also had a chance to qualify for the “Shoot Out” competition based on the longest drive.

After playing 18 holes, everyone enjoyed the cocktail reception, sponsored by NatureWorks Landscape Services, Inc. During the reception, guests had a chance to cheer on the Shoot Out qualifiers as they went head to head in the final competition. Players gathered for dinner in the Willowbend dining room and heard from Steven Haley, BSF Founder. Steven expressed his thanks at a dinner presentation:

“The BSF seeds primary initiatives having to do with quality of care / quality of life issues. Without research, promising treatment and the prevention of tumors will not come anytime soon. Eighty percent of research must be done before a researcher can receive major funding. Many researchers have been able to use BSF seed money to do preliminary work and later seek NIH funding. We are pleased with the advancements that have been made. Let’s expedite the whole process of exploration, research, diagnostics, treatment and education.”