Teeing Off For Cancer Care

The LINKS Charity is attempting to take a leadership role in the local fight against cancer. On Monday, July 27, the 24th Annual LINKS Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Committee members will host the LINKS Charity Pro-Am and Annual LINKing Together Banquet and Auction at Moon Brook Country Club.

This year’s event marks the charity’s 24th anniversary, with total proceeds of $1,184,000 going toward enhancing local cancer care efforts.

Truck-Lite has sponsored the event, alongside major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and ALSTAR EMS, and associate sponsors, Northwest Insurance Services and Jamestown Savings Bank,

The Links Charity Pro-AM will again involve members of the LPGA teaming up with four amateurs to form four-person golf teams. They will tee off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on July 27. On Tuesday, July 28, the LINKS Charity Golf Clinic and Scramble outing takes golf to a whole new level, appealing to novice and expert golfers. Tuesday’s game is a wonderful opportunity for networking, building relationships and picking up valuable instruction and golf tips from the LPGA pros. A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Interested golfers are encouraged and invited to register by visiting the charity’s website at www.linkscharity.com.

The banquet and auction will be held from 6-9 p.m. on July 27. Items will be available for preview and silent auction bidding starting at 6 p.m. Tickets to the banquet and auction event are $50 per person and available at the door or by calling Megan D’Angelo, WCA director of development, at 664-8423. Cost includes entrance to silent auction, dinner reception and program.

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Charles Ludwig, an area auctioneer, will host the “live” portion of the auction. Hot ticket auction items include four NASCAR tickets; two Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans game tickets with a $50 gift certificate to 716 Food And Sport Restaurant in Buffalo; four Buffalo Sabres tickets with Lexus Club passes and parking passes; two Cummins generators; a private tour compliments of Courtyard Winery; a Lakewood Rod and Gun club one-year membership; a one-night stay at the Jamestown Hampton Inn & Suites Comfort Inn; four ride passes on the Chautauqua Belle/Chautauqua Steam Lines; a gift certificate to Johnson Estate Winery; a private tour and wine to Liberty Vineyards; four admission tickets to Port Farms in Waterford, Pa.; a boat rental from Smith Boys Marina; a gift basket and $300 gift certificate to Skin Sensations by Paula; and many others. Donations are still needed and community individuals, businesses and agencies/organizations interested in donating to local cancer care may drop off donated items to Megan D’Angelo at WCA Hospital or call Megan at 664-8423 for pick up.

“Place your bid and help support local cancer care,” said Kelly Fiorella, LINKS Auction chair. “There is something for everyone that will not only delight the lucky individuals who win, but also help us raise funds to support the WCA Cancer Care Program. For winners of the auction items, it’s a two-fold gift.”

Spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors, Veracity Benefits and Jamestown Savings Bank, LINKS Charity also announced that it is once again taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer by making a new four-year, $400,000 pledge toward the purchase of the Discovery 630 System. This cutting-edge nuclear medical technology-which boasts lower radiation, better image resolution, and shorter exam times-will aid in an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. The Discovery 630 system will compliment the Digital Mammography which is now operational in the Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA. In total, LINKS Charity has now raised $1,184,000 toward enhancing local cancer care efforts.

“We believe that the Discovery 630 System will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at WCA, by boasting lower radiation, increasing image resolution and aiding in earlier and more accurate diagnosis. ” says Brad Van Riper, Senior Vice President for Truck-Lite and Executive Director for LINKS Charity. “The $400,000 pledge is an aggressive goal, but we are confident that the community will support this effort to more effectively diagnose breast cancer.”

LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mary Blair and Sondra Anderson. Their commitment and passion along with many benevolent volunteers, including Allen Short, Executive Director for the first nineteen years, has been remarkable. LINKS Charity continues in its mission to link the community, business, and industry together to enhance local cancer care at WCA Hospital. LINKS Charity is spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors, Veracity Benefits and Jamestown Savings Bank.

WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, the only program in the region recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals under the medical direction of a board-certified radiation oncologist. The program provides a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support LINKS Charity/Discovery 630, please contact Megan D’Angelo at 664-8423 or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, New York 14702-0840.

To learn more about LINKS Charity, visit their website at www.linkscharity.com.