Golf tournament to benefit ETMC’s prostate cancer outreach

Team and individual registration for the 10th annual Henry M. Bell, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament is now under way, with proceeds to benefit East Texas Medical Center's prostate cancer outreach and community education. Hosted by the ETMC Cancer Institute and the ETMC Foundation, the charity tournament is set for Monday, Sept. 20 at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler.

Sponsors include corporate champion Suddenlink, media sponsor KLTV-7 and medical champion ETMC First Physicians Urology as well as a host of area organizations. The event will feature a full afternoon of recreation and socialization, including a shotgun start scramble tournament and awards reception.

ETMC's Golf Ball Drop is set for 12:30 p.m., just before the tournament start at 1 p.m. The grand prize winner – for the golf ball that lands in the designated hole or closest to the hole – will receive a 50'' LG Plasma television donated by Commercial Sales and Services, Inc. The first place prize winner will receive a $500 gift card courtesy of Brookshire's, with additional prizes awarded to the second through fifth place winners. A maximum of 1,000 golf ball chances will be sold for $5 each or six for $25.

For more information on the Golf Ball Drop, tournament registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the ETMC Foundation at (903) 596-3751.

The 2009 Bell Tournament raised approximately $25,000, which is fostering community education efforts, including an ETMC seminar on prostate cancer and other urological concerns set for September 2.

"The ETMC Cancer Institute and a dedicated team of urologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists are committed to fighting prostate cancer in East Texas," explained Sigmon. "The Bell Tournament raises both awareness and funding that helps us continue to promote early detection and provide the latest treatment options."

The tournament also honors the late Henry M. Bell, Jr., former chairman of the board of the ETMC Foundation and long-term supporter of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System.

Additional event sponsors to date include Box Lunch – Southside Bank; Cart Sponsor – Tyler Hematology-Oncology; Registration Tent – Adams & Coker; Beverage Sponsor – Capital One Bank; Goody Bag Sponsor – Blood and Cancer Center of East Texas; Awards Reception Sponsor – Windstream Communications.

Hole sponsors are: Bells International; Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Design Center Signs and Banners; DRL Labs; Flair Data Systems; Hammel, Green & Abrahamson; Lake Ronel Oil Company; Lantana Communications; Heidi Roberts McKellar, MD; The Schumacher Group; Smith, Kaplan, Allen & Reynolds Advertising; Texas Bank & Trust; Silverthorne Communications; USF Healthcare Consulting and YPM, Inc.

Additional sponsors include: Putting contest – Allen and Cindy Bell/Henry M. Bell III; Practice Green and Driving Range – CenturyLink; Closest to the Pin – First National Bank of Mt. Vernon; Gollob Morgan Peddy & Co.; Johnson Controls; and Mr. and Mrs. Wade Ridley; and Longest Drive – Express Employment Professionals and Reynolds & Kay.