Golf to Conquer Cancer, Canada’s top grossing single-day golf fundraiser, raises nearly $1 million

By Maria Georgiou
(L-R) Ian Rosen, Jeff Farbstein and The Princess Margaret’s Dr. Jonathan Irish at Coppinwood Golf Club.

Despite the rainy weather, 235 participants gathered together for the 6th annual Golf to Conquer Cancer on June 10 and raised nearly $1 million for world-leading cancer research at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Since launching in June 2014, the event, which brings together leading executives and entrepreneurs, has raised close to $7 million to support personalized cancer medicine, research, innovative treatment, clinical trials, and new standards of care at The Princess Margaret.

George Vassallo, CEO of Bothwell-Accurate, participated in Golf to Conquer Cancer for the 6th time this year and says the tournament holds a special place in his heart.

“When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer seven years ago, I wanted to get involved. I found out about Golf to Conquer Cancer when it first started and have been participating ever since,” says Vassallo. “Cancer touches all of us and the event is a great opportunity to help the community we live in and make a real difference in the lives of Canadians and people all around the world.”
golf4.jpgGeorge Vassallo (second from right) and the Bothwell-Accurate foursome at Granite Golf Club.

The best-in-class golf fundraising program highlights the importance of connecting philanthropy with entrepreneurial spirit, and building lifelong relationships through the versatile and beloved sport.

“Events like Golf to Conquer Cancer are mission-critical to our efforts to enable future care now, by financially supporting the researchers who are developing tomorrow’s treatments today,” says Michael Burns, President & CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. “The Princess Margaret is one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world, and The Foundation, through Golf to Conquer Cancer as well as other strategic properties, is the largest fundraising organization in the cancer space in Canada. The support of so many participating foursomes and sponsors is helping make the impossible possible.”
The Rosen Cup champions at Coppinwood were The Zuckerman & Friends foursome, which included The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation’s President & CEO Michael Burns (pictured far left) and Dr. Brad Wouters, Executive VP of Science and Research, UHN (pictured far right).

In addition to the 18-hole golf tournament, participants enjoyed a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and the Rosen Cup Award Ceremony, which awards the trophy to the tournament’s top teams with the best score at Coppinwood and Granite Golf Clubs.

This year, the Rosen Cup was awarded to the Zuckerman & Friends foursome at Coppinwood and the Greenpark Group foursome at Granite.

The Greenpark Group foursome were the champions of the Rosen Cup at Granite Golf Club.

All golfers took home a variety of gifts from Harry Rosen, TaylorMade, Adidas Golf, Garmin, Marcoliani and Saxx. The contest hole prize winners also walked away with luxury apparel, fine watches and other exciting items and experiences.

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