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Pink & Blue golf benefit raises $20,000 for local hospitals (December 7, 2010)

The first annual Pink and Blue Golf Tournament celebrated the life of Gerard “Jerry” Kurek and raised $20,000 for breast and prostate cancer programs at local hospitals in his name. The inaugural event, chaired by breast cancer survivor Debra Wyvill and prostate cancer survivor Howard Topel, was held Oct. 16 at the Old South Country Club in Lothian.

Proceeds from the event were divided equally between Calvert Memorial Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center with a check for $10,000 presented to each. The monies will be used to fund educational programs about breast and prostate cancer as well as to provide a special assistance fund for patients undergoing treatment.

The tournament, sponsored by the Old South Women’s Golf Association (OSWGA) and the Old South Charitable Trust, was held in honor of Kurek, a longtime resident of Old South and a former member of the club’s board of directors. He also served on the boards at Calvert Memorial Hospital and The Calverton School.

“Jerry was loved by all who knew him, said Diana Doswell of Dunkirk, who helped organize the event. “He was an avid golfer and a great family man.”

Kurek lost his battle with prostate cancer in December 2009. A buckeye tree, donated by Jerry’s colleagues at Deloitte and representing his five years in Ohio, was planted overlooking the Kurek house on the fourth hole. All three of his sons participated in the tournament that attracted Old South members, family, friends and former co-workers.

“Even in the face of adversity, Jerry never lost sight of what was most important in life,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis, “and his optimistic attitude and zeal for life were a great inspiration to everyone who knew him.”

“In life, Jerry was a great advocate for people,” said Xinis. “It is wonderful to know that even after his passing, patients coping with a diagnosis of cancer will continue to benefit from the generosity of others who have come together in his memory.”

An Oktoberfest celebration featuring live music followed the event. It seemed fitting that the winners of this year’s Pink and Blue were James Kurek, Mike Blades, Wade Meadows and Rehem Wooten.

Pink & Blue Golf Benefit Co-Chairs Debra Wyvill (second from left) and Howard Topel (far right) presented checks for $10,000 to Barbara Polak, VP for clinical services at CMH and Martin “Chip” Doordan, past president of Anne Arundel Health System.

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