Rain-soaked skies failed to dampen spirits at the 21st Annual Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic held May 17 at Lake Presidential. The popular charity event drew the largest field ever with 184 players and raised over $65,000 to upgrade technology in the hospital's endoscopy center for the early detection of colon cancer.
The proceeds will go toward the purchase of high-definition endoscopic cameras that will enable physicians to better detect polyps and other early indications of colon cancer. Compared to conventional systems, the new technology is state-of-the-art and provides much sharper images that will aid in better diagnoses. The purchase is part of a major renovation and expansion of the endoscopy center that is planned to get underway later this year.
Since the tournament began in 1990, it has raised over $815,000. Last year's proceeds were used to purchase a stereotactic breast biopsy table for the Center for Breast Care, which opened in January. The center brings together a team of breast health experts - including radiologists from Johns Hopkins - with an experienced navigator backed by the latest technology in one convenient location.
"This year's Golf Classic was a huge success thanks in large part to our generous sponsors," said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, "but also thanks to the wonderful support of our volunteers who work for months to plan such a special day for us."
Xinis extended special thanks to corporate sponsors Codgell Spencer ERDMAN and NextGen Healthcare. "By participating today, you can feel confident that you have touched thousands of lives in Southern Maryland," he said.
Additionally, he recognized Ryder sponsors All American Ambulance & Transport, Allscripts, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Freedom Office Products, Leah Wallace Associates, Inc., MedStar Health, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, Attorneys at Law, Twin Contracting Corporation, Walgreens and Wilmot Sanz Architects.
Many of the tournament's sponsors come back year after year. TSI Exterior Wall Systems sponsored the awards dinner. Vic Cornellier of TSI is a past hospital board chair and his wife, Julie, is a foundation board member and a past ball chair. Lunch sponsor Ricoh Americas Corp. has been a supporter for 13 years and breakfast sponsor Pat Petricko/Remax 100 has been on the golf committee since it began and chaired this year's event.
Taking first place in Division I was Nell Chaney, Patrick Dodson, John Broach and Pete Colyn. SMECO capped the top slot in Division II and K2M, Inc. outpaced all contenders in Division III.