Classic Raises $945,185 for Breast Cancer Research
“This weekend is the culmination of a full year of hard work by all of our amazing volunteers and a true homecoming for many of the golf and tennis players who join us each year. We love it!” says Catherine Hill, executive director of the Vera Bradley Foundation.
The four-day event held June 3 - 6 included tennis matches, 9-hole and 18-hole golf tournaments, and social events with more than 2,500 people – players, volunteers and supporters – coming together throughout the weekend to show their commitment to the cause. Many had been touched by breast cancer in some way.
Pink on the Courts
The fun and games began on Friday with 140 tennis players taking to the courts at Wildwood Racquet Club. The tennis tournament included a Master’s Division for players 50 and over and combined rating doubles for the 5.0-5.5 Division, 6.0 Division, 6.5 Division, 7.0 Division and 8.0 Division. That evening, fans, friends and supporters of the Foundation joined the players for a festive “Cocktails on the Court” to kick off the weekend.
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Pink on the Links
Meanwhile, at Fort Wayne Country Club and Sycamore Hills Golf Club, 452 golfers took a swing at breast cancer. The golf tournament consisted of 18-hole and 9-hole Florida scrambles.
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Cause for Celebration From tieing the pink ribbons that lined the pathways to the clubhouses and event décor to keeping score and assisting players, nearly 400 volunteers helped behind the scenes to make the event special and keep it running smoothly.
The weekend came to a close Monday evening with a celebration dinner at Sycamore Hills.
Said Catherine Hill, who also MC’d the evening, of the progress being made in breast cancer research, “According to George Sledge, M.D., Director of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories, ‘breast cancer is becoming a treatable and beatable disease,’” receiving a big round of applause.
Funds raised will go directly to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center to further breast cancer research toward a cure. “We are in an era where we have lots of progress in terms of breast cancer research,” said Harikrishna Nakshatri, Ph.D., Co-Director of the breast cancer program at IU. “Science is exploding. But to translate that into the clinical arena, we need private money.”
In a moving moment, keynote speaker Truly Hamlin gave a touching speech memorializing her mother’s “zest for life” and the lesson she has taken away from her loss – “Enjoy your life!”
To announce the total amount raised, more than 100 dinner guests, Sycamore Hills wait staff and volunteers took part in a flash mob dance to the Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” This year’s Classic total of $945,185 was announced in the middle of the dance and flashed up on the screen – which got the other 800 dinner guests out of their chairs and dancing too.
Added Catherine: “We certainly ended on a high note.”
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Save the date for the 2012 Vera Bradley Classic:
Friday, June 1 – Monday, June 4, 2012