Marlborough – The 16th annual Marlborough Hospital Golf Classic was a financial success despite being a weather washout. The golf tournament netted over $110,000 to benefit the new Cancer Pavilion in the planning stages to be built on the north side of the existing hospital.
The event, held Aug. 15 at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson, had a full field of golfers signed up with most choosing to brave the elements to focus on raising funds for local cancer care.
About why so many golfers braved the elements, golfer Jim Petkewich of St. Mary's Credit Union said, “It's too bad we can’t control Mother Nature, but playing in the rain is a blessing compared to the daily burden for those fighting cancer which the proceeds from this event will benefit.”
In addition to the golf tournament, the day featured a silent auction and a raffle. A variety of interesting and unique items were available for bidding including an autographed jersey from the Stanley Cup winner Boston Bruins, Red Sox and New England Patriots autographed memorabilia, a hot air balloon ride and fine wines.
Marlborough Hospital announced plans earlier this year to design a Cancer Pavilion to provide expanded cancer care services for the communities it serves. In partnership with the UMass Memorial Health Care Cancer Center of Excellence, the building will be a nearly 15,000-square-feet addition to the hospital. The Cancer Pavilion will house cancer care services including medical oncology, radiation oncology, exam space and a healing garden.
At the dinner held for the golfers and guests after the tournament, Steven Salomon, MD, chief of oncology and hematology for the hospital, explained the event's success.
“The fact that we are here today at this golf tournament to celebrate the development of the new Cancer Pavilion is a testament to the care that we provide and the team that we have assembled is delivering hope and promise to our patients and our community.”
Among the many businesses that supported this year's golf tournament are Avidia Bank, Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers, New Horizons of Marlborough, DCU Credit Union, Morrison Healthcare Food Service, Marlborough Savings Bank, Shields Health Care Group, St. Mary's Credit Union, Patriot Ambulance and many others.