Dr. Samuel Waxman, Gary Jacob, Dennis Herman and William Sullivan

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Tony Shogren, Cynthia Shogren and Jim Milton

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) marked the 35th Anniversary of its Golf Tournament and Dinner on June 1 at The Creek golf course in Locust Valley, NY. Longtime corporate supporters, volunteers and friends joined SWCRFfounder and CEO Samuel Waxman, MD, event co-chairs Dennis Herman and Gary Jacob, and hosts Cynthia and Tony Shogren to mark the occasion, raising about $200,000 for SWCRF research programs, including its new Partnership for Aging & Cancer Research. 

Approximately 100 players, comprising 24 foursomes, spent a sunny and breezy day on the links raising funds for research after enjoying a delicious brunch sponsored by M&T Bank. Following the 12:30 pm shotgun start, teams made their away across the scenic grounds of The Creek, stopping by Hole 8 for a lunch sponsored by York Restoration. Later in the day, the dinner, sponsored by Gary Jacob, and the awards reception, presented by Wells Fargo, featured heartfelt homages to longtime supporters. Dennis Herman delivered opening remarks and introduced Dr. Waxman, who reminisced about the event’s origins, thanking Edward Kaminsky and Bernie Kaminsky, second generation family supporters of the event, as well as longtime supporter Robert Eichler, for their roles in its continued success. Dr. Waxman reminded guests that the event has raised millions to date for the SWCRF, which is a pioneer in funding cross-institutional collaboration between researchers. 

Michael Bebon, Ann Liguori and Michael Sherman

Celebrity golfer Ann Liguori, golf and tennis correspondent for WFAN & CBS Sports Radio, shared that her father and brother both died of cancers. A fundraiser for cancer research herself, Ms. Liguori, who played in the tournament, lauded Dr. Waxman for all he’s done to support research for a cure through the SWCRF. Two copies of her book A Passion for Golf: Celebrity Musings About the Game were sold in a live auction that included How To Play The World’s Most Exclusive Gold Clubs by golf aficionado John Sabinoand a private golf lesson with instructor Jim McLeanat his school at the Trump National Doral in Miami.  Dr. Waxman then introduced SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan, who thanked the guests and Capital One, M&T Bank and Wells Fargo as well as the golf cart and hole sponsors for their support, which “makes the math work” so that the tournament can raise as much money as possible for research. Dr. Waxman then presented gifts of appreciation to Cynthia and Tony Shogren, Gary Jacob and Dennis Herman. 

Low Net winners John Watson, Dave O'Malley, Dave Scott and Bob Eichler 

Messrs. Jacob and Herman closed the ceremony by announcing the day’s winning players. Low Gross went to M&T Bank’s foursome, Adam Bavifard, Brendan Glavin, Joe Pizzutelli and Tom Vogel. Low Net was taken by Bob Eichler and his teammates Dave O’Malley, Dave Scott and John Watson. George Javier of Rallye Motors BMW won Closest to Pin 4 while Capital One Wealth player Thomas Covington came Closest to Pin 8, almost getting a hole in one. Rick Perez of the Greenberg Traurig team came Closest to Pin 11 and Michael Schwartz of Schwartz & Co. won Closest to Pin 17. Wells Fargo player Tim Corcoran won Long Drive for Men while Ann Liguori took Long Drive in the women’s category. 

The SWCRF Golf Tournment Committee included Robert Eichler, Michael Nierenberg, Cynthia and Tony Shogren, Samuel Waxman, M.D., and Spencer Waxman

The event’s raffle prizes included a framed golf tee patent print, a vintage golf club bottle opener and gift card donated by Top Golf,  a Rock in Fashion book autographed by designer John Varvatos, plus sunglasses and a collection of John Varvatos fragrances, a mallet putter and driver from Tour Edge, a one-month membership to Golf & Body NYC, a golf hat and eco-friendly golf balls from Dixon Golf, and a two-hour simulator experience and group lesson with golf instructor Mike Doyle courtesy of Five Iron Golf.  Mike Doyle also donated three one-hour private lessons to the raffle.


Low Gross went to the M&T Bank team: Tom Vogel, Adam Bavifard, Joe Pizzutelli and Brendan Glavin 

Additional tournament sponsors included: Capital One, Patron; CRC Insurance and Wendy and Stephen Siegel, Putting Green sponsors; and HS Heritage Strategies LLC, Beverage Cart Sponsor. The Hole-in-One prize was courtesy of Rallye Motors BMW. 

Hole Sponsors included: Phyllis & Harvey Anikstein, Affiliated Adjustment Group, BNY Mellon, Peter & Dale Claman, The Corcoran Group, D.J. Colby Co., Inc., Durnan Group, Goldman Sachs, Penny & David Klein, The Lahmi Family, Levy Properties, M & T Bank, Maxmin Capital Group, Prime Parking, Systems Inc., Robert M. Pollack, Marty Rosenman, Abi Wrobel & Estera Stawski, Gala & Axel Stawski, Structure Tone LLC, TOWN Residential, Samuel Waxman, M.D., Robert Yaffe, Warburg Realty, Brooke and Dan Zarkowsky and Howard Zimmerman Architects. 

Tee Sponsors included: Pamela & Lee Charles, Epic Elevator, Ken Grossman, Goldman Sachs, Edward Gordon, Jesse Gottlieb, Amy, William & The Handwerker Family, Linda & Dennis Herman, Richard Horowitz, Harvey Kadden, Alan Kaplan, Diane Krantz, Michael Lieberman, Michael Liman, Bobby Mann, Pearl Green Corporation, Protective Lining Corporation, Mark Puntas, Robert Rosenthal and Dr. Paul Wein. 

The Golf Cart Sponsors included: Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C., Linda Iannacci, and Dr. Richard A. Wolff.  Donors: Lana & Moris Bakhash, Dennis Hughes, Michael Rosenzweig and Peter Spitz. 

Click here for a gallery of photos from the golf tournament.  All photos are by Jerry Lacay (c) 2017