Taking a Swing at Cancer

The 33rd annual Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation golf tournament benefits science for a cure.

Tony Shogren, Cynthia Shogren, Samuel Waxman, MD and James W. Milton

A beautiful summer day greeted supporters of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation who convened at the Creek Club golf resort in Locust Valley, NY on July 16 for the 33rd annual golf tournament and dinner celebration to raise funds for the Foundation’s cancer research programs. 

The tournament is highly anticipated by business and community leaders who look forward to good-natured competition on the links and is in many families a father-and-son tradition. Edward Kaminsky was introduced to the event many years ago by his father Bernie Kaminsky and was joined by his nephew Jeff in his foursome. Other father-son golfers familiar to the event over the years include the late Dr. Jerry Wolff and Dr. Richard Wolff, a current tournament committee member, Michael and Jonny Nierenberg and Samuel and Scott Waxman

Golf tournament co-Chairs Gary Jacob and Dennis Herman

This year’s benefit, chaired by SWCRF board members Dennis Herman and Gary Jacob, was hosted by fellow board member Tony Shogren and his wife Cynthia. Guests began their day enjoying a scrumptious brunch sponsored by M&T Bank with the stunning views of the resort as their backdrop. Following the noon shotgun, the foursomes took to the course, stopping by the halfway house for tasty burgers and hot dogs provided courtesy of lunch sponsor York Restoration Corp

The dinner and awards ceremony was a testament to camaraderie as SWCRF Founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D. thanked Gary Jacob and Dennis Herman for their dedication to supporting the work of the Foundation’s funded scientists. Dr. Waxman also expressed his gratitude to hosts Cynthia and Tony Shogren, SWCRF Chairman Michael Nierenberg, new SWCRF board member Baron Silverstein and the guests for their continued support for the foundation. Bob Eichler joined Dr. Waxman at the podium to share how despite receiving “hundreds of calls” soliciting support for various causes, he remains affiliated with the SWCRF due to Dr. Waxman’s “visceral belief in his mission to cure cancer.”  

Sports memorabilia featured in the silent auction.

That mission received the benefit of funds brought in during a live auction for unique sports experiences conducted by Howard Schwartz of Grandstand Sports. Top auction items included four VIP tickets to tour the new New York Yankees Stadium, a winetasting trip to the prestigious Silver Oak winery in the Napa Valley and courtside tickets for opening day of the U.S. Open. 

Top honors in the golf tournament prize categories were as follows: 

Team Low Gross – Bob Eichler, Tom Harris, Dave O’Malley Fogarty and Dave Scott. 

Team Low Net – Liam Egan, Edward Firkowski, Noel Kavanagh and Stephen La Sala. 

Closest  to pin #4 Steve La Sala (7’5”). 

Closest to Pin #11 was Michael Katz  (29’ 4”). 

Closest to Pin #17 was Bob Fishbein (5’2”). 

Closest to Pin # 8 was Dr. Waxman, who came within a heart-stopping 2 inches of a hole-in-one. 

The Longest Drive among Men went to Jonny Nierenberg. 

The Longest Drive among women was achieved by Cynthia Shogren. 

Zachary Aronson, Danny Ross, Jonny Nierenberg and Michael Nierenberg.

In addition to Jacob, Herman and the Shogrens, the event committee included Dale Claman, Robert Eichler,  Edward Kaminsky, Howard Kurz, Ira Nierenberg,

Michael Nierenberg, Baron Silverstein, Jay Sullivan, Dr. Waxman, Scott Waxman,  Spencer Waxman and Richard Wolff, D.D.S. 

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation extends its heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors whose support made the benefit possible: 

Dinner sponsor Gary Jacob 

Patron Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

Patrons Mara and Baron Silverstein 

Putting Green Sponsor GT Greenberg Traurig 

Driving Range Sponsor David Rogol 

Golf balls were provided courtesy of Sprague Operating Resources, LLC 

Mark Cuban’s book “How to Win at the Sport of Business” was provided by Scott Waxman and Waxman Leavell Literary Agency/Diversion Books 

Hole Sponsors: 

Capital One Wealth and Asset Management

CRC Insurance Services, Inc

The Durnan Group

Goldman Sachs & Co. Matching Gift Program

Ms. Elizabeth Gordon

Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, PC

Liberty Mechanical Construction

M & T Bank

Marcus & Pollack LLP

Morgan Stanley

Par Plumbing Co., Inc.

Prime Parking Group

Mr. Joseph R. Rosetti

Lewis and Wendy Rubin

Stawski Partners

Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Waxman


Tee Sponsors: 

Moris and Lana Bakhash

Bank of America Matching Gifts Program

Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Charles

The Corcoran Group, Inc.

Mr. David Dubinsky, R.A.

Epic Elevator

Goldman Sachs & Co. Matching Gift Program

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Herman

Heidi and Richard Horowitz

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Kadden

Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, PC

Mr. Harvey Knopman

Stephanie and Larry Levy

Linda Iannacci, Inc.

Maxim Capital Group

Morgan Stanley

Ms. Cynthia Neiditch

Mr. Daniel M. Nolan

Pearlgreen Corporation

The Attilio & Beverly Petrocelli Foundation

Mr. Dennis B. Poster

Protective Lining Corporation

Jodi and Robert D. Rosenthal Family Foundation

Mr. Joseph R. Rosetti

Total Floor Services

Mr. Moshe Vardi

Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Waxman

Brooke and Dan Zarkowsky


For a gallery of photos from the event, click here.