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The 32nd Annual SWCRF golf outing raises funds for cancer research


A beautiful summer sky and a lush, green course greeted philanthropic New Yorkers who convened at the exclusive Creek Club in Locust Valley, NY on July 10 for the 32nd Annual Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s golf tournament and dinner sponsored by Titan Advisors.

Longtime friends and supporters of the SWCRF were joined by executives from finance, real estate, and other industries for a day of fun in the sun to raise money to support the cutting-edge projects of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s (SWCRF) network of collaborating cancer investigators to reprogram cancer cells and develop less toxic treatments for patients. In its 32-year history, this event has raised close to $5 million. 

After a delicious brunch sponsored by M&T Bank, the foursomes hit the links at the 1 p.m. shotgun, making their way along the scenic course whose driving range was sponsored by Jack Nuismer. The putting green sponsor was Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The dinner and awards reception, sponsored by Gary Jacob, took place after the 6 p.m. hole-in-one contest in which Ira Berkowitz, Mike McCarthy, Jim Miller and George Javier competed for $1 million. Although none emerged with the prize, spirits at the dinner remained high as Dr. Waxman addressed the guests and thanked them for their support before leading them in singing happy birthday to SWCRF Chairman Michael Nierenberg.

Tony Shogren, who hosted the tournament with his wife Cynthia, expressed how much the team at The Creek enjoyed the annual Waxman golf outing due to their excellent rapport with the foundation’s team and the jovial spirits of the players each year. Ed Kaminsky presided over an auction for a threesome with the club champion at the Oakmont Country Club, which went to Robert Hershy.

The foursomes and individual players who took the tournament’s top prizes were:

First Gross: Ed Kaminsky, Troy David, Ed Gibstein and Josh Gladstein

First Net: Marice Leo, Brian Convery, Chris Umschied and Marty Greenberg

Longest Drive, Men: Andrew Fabrikant

Longest Drive, Women: Marice Leo

The SWCRF extends its heartfelt thanks to the individuals and companies who provided financial and in-kind support for the event as follows:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch for its Patron sponsorship

Dale and Peter Claman for their generous donation of Titleist player’s gloves

Scott Waxman of Waxman Leavell Literary Agency/Diversion Books for donating The Tao of Chip Kelly by Mark Saltveit

Edward Kaminsky and Castle Oil for donating Titleist golf balls.

Cart, hole and tee sponsors included: Chardan Capital Markets, Linda and Dennis Herman, High Five Foundation II, Penny and David Klein, Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C., Morgan Stanley, The Litwin Foundation, Dennis B. Poster, Wendy and Lewis Rubin, Mara and Baron Silverstein, The Tadashi Foundation, Sharon M. Tomao and Samuel and Marion Waxman.

Special thanks to the SWCRF golf committee for its hard work to stage this successful fundraiser for our funded cancer research programs: Dale Claman, Robert Eichler, Dennis Herman, Gary Jacob, Edward Kaminsky, Howard Kurz, Ira Nierenberg, Michael Nierenberg, Cynthia and Tony Shogren, Baron Silverstein, Jay Sullivan, Samuel Waxman, M.D., Scott Waxman, Spencer Waxman and Richard Wolf, D.D.S.

To view a gallery of photos from the event, click here