Gary Jacob, Dennis Herman, Jim McLean, Dr. Samuel Waxman and Guy Yocom

Neither sweltering heat nor torrential downpours could deter loyal supporters of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) from hitting the links at The Creek Club in Locust Valley, NY, on July 14, to raise $200,000 in support of the SWCRF’s new Aging and Cancer research initiative. Players braved near-100-degree temperatures to play in the 34th annual tournament, which celebrated the lifetime achievements of Jim McLean, a renowned golf instructor who runs the top golf school in the nation. McLean, whose high-profile students include Erik Compton, Cristie Kerr and Gary Woodland, among others, received the SWCRF Lifetime Achievement in Golf Award from SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, MD

Jim McLean has pledged his support for the SWCRF Aging & Cancer initiative


Hosted once again by SWCRF board member Tony Shogren and Cynthia Shogren, the daylong outing treated guests to a delicious brunch sponsored by M&T Bank. After the noon shotgun, foursomes ventured onto the course, enjoying a lunch supported by Heritage Strategies LLC and York Restoration Corporation. Mr. McLean, accompanied by Dr. Waxman, stopped by holes to meet players. 

 Dr. Samuel Waxman, Cynthia Shogren and Tony Shogren

The guests rushed back to the clubhouse after a fierce thunderstorm – complete with lightning – erupted from the day’s buildup of humidity, but the sun broke through the clouds minutes later as guests traveled to the awards reception and dinner. Event co-chairs – and SWCRF board members – Dennis Herman and Gary Jacob delivered welcoming comments and introduced Dr. Waxman, who congratulated them on spearheading the success of the fundraiser. Dr. Waxman then introduced Guy Yocom, senior writer at Golf Digest, who shared stories about his friendship with Mr. McLean. Upon receiving his award, Mr. McLean told humorous anecdotes from his teaching career and thanked the guests for supporting the important work of the SWCRF. He pledged his support for the SWCRF Aging & Cancer program that targets minimally toxic therapies for cancer patients over the age of 50.

Jim McLean, Justin Peck, Amparo Ramos, Marcey and Guy Yocom, and Jane Shelton

Dennis Herman then led a live auction for two deluxe golf experiences with Jim McLean. Ed Kaminsky emerged the top bidder for a lesson, lunch and a game of golf with Mr. McLean at his school at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami with a bid of $3,500. Ralph Bernstein took the three-day school for two with Mr. McLean at the Trump Doral in Miami with a bid of $5,500. 

Kaminsky and Bernstein also fared well in the day’s competition when their foursome, which included Pat Fogarty and Dana Pike, took 1st Gross. First Net went to John Bazzano, Jim Kurdeck, Jason Berger and George Ross. Top performers in the individual contests included Eric Schiff, who came closest to the pin #4 and #8, Robert Murphy, who came closest to pin #11 and hit the longest drive at #16, and Matthew Webb, who came closest to pin #17.     

1st Gross: Pat Fogarty, Ralph Bernstein, Ed Kaminsky and Dana Pike 1st Net: Jason Berger, Jim Kurdeck, John Bazzano and George Ross

Jon Sachs won the top prize in the raffle, a three-day extended test drive of a BMWi8  courtesy of Rallye Motors. Other raffle prizes included Antigua polo shirts and two copies of How to Play the World’s Most Exclusive Golf Clubs by golf aficionado John Sabino, Executive Vice President at Capital One.

The 2016 SWCRF golf committee included Robert Eichler, Dennis Herman, Gary Jacob, Edward Kaminsky, Michael Nierenberg, Neil Roth, M.D., Cynthia and Tony Shogren, Baron Silverstein, Jay Sullivan, Samuel Waxman, M.D., Scott Waxman and Spencer Waxman.

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation thanks all the generous companies and individuals who supported the event through sponsorships and in-kind donations. Additional sponsors included Gary Jacob, who sponsored the dinner; Capital One, patron and putting green sponsor; Hunter Ambulance, beverage cart sponsor; and Revolution Golf, driving range sponsor. Rallye Motors also contributed the hole-in-one prize, a prepaid two-year lease on a 2016 BMW 320xi Sedan. The purchase of golf balls as gifts was supported through a donation from Sprague Operating Resources, LLC. Babo Botanicals donated a supply of sunscreen and a gift bag filled with skincare products, Titleist provided a wheeled duffle bag and Penguin Random House donated 100 copies of a book by ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, Toughness -- Developing True Strength On and Off the Court.

Hole Sponsors included Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C.; CRC Insurance Services, Inc.; The Durnan Group; Ms. Elizabeth Gordon, Goldman Sachs; International Blinds; Pamela Liebman, The Corcoran Group; Lift Strategic Partners; M & T Bank; Marcus & Pollack, LLP; Greg O’Connell, Worldwide Facilities, LLC; The Par Group; Fred Peters, Warburg Realty; Prime Parking Systems, Inc.; Ellen and Marty Rosenman; Wendy and Stephen Siegel; Mara and Baron Silverstein; Stawski Partners; Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Waxman; Wells Fargo; Wells Fargo Private Bank; Dr. Richard Wolff; and Howard L. Zimmerman Architects, P.C.

Tee Sponsors included Moris and Lana Bakhash; Marianne and Harvey Bernstein; Lee and Pamela Charles; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Claman; CRC Insurance Services, Inc.; Epic Elevator; Lisa & Ivan Goodstein, Goodstein Development; Ms. Elizabeth Gordon, Goldman Sachs; Robin and Ed Gordon; Gloria and Jesse Gottlieb; Kenneth and Ellen Grossman; Amy, William & The Handwerker Family; Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Herman; Heidi and Richard Horowitz; Dennis R. Hughes, The Corcoran Group, Inc.; Freddi and Harvey Kadden; Lissy and Allen Kaplan; Mr. Harvey Knopman; Ms. Diane Kranz, Kranz & Co.; Eleanor and Michael Lieberman; Meryl and Bobby Mann; Maxim Capital Group; Toby and Stan Muss; New York Flooring; Mr. Daniel M. Nolan; Pearlgreen Corporation; Amy and Marc Puntus; Jodi and Robert D. Rosenthal; Family Foundation; Wendy and Stephen Siegel; Mr. Moshe Vardi; Dr. Paul Wein; Edith and Norman Weisfeld; Wilmington Trust; Brooke and Dan Zarkowsky; and Zinon.

Golf Cart Sponsors included Marilyn and Steven Howard; Linda Iannocci, Inc.; and Mr. Dennis B. Poster.

Donors included Phyllis and Harvey Anikstein; Mr. Scott Carlson; Mr. Robert Gilman; Ronny Hersch; Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.; Mr. David Shipper; Estera Stawski and Abi Worbel; Shannon M. Tamao; and Mr. Alan Wolfert. 

Photos by Jerry Lacay