PGA National hosts initial Cancer Research Golf Challenge

For 11 years, PGA National Resort & Spa have been substantial supporters in benefits for cancer research. Through various efforts, this organization has been able to support this life-saving research. For the first time, PGA National created a way for members, golfers and sponsors to come together in a fun and philanthropic manner. On April 16, the inaugural PGA National Scripps Florida Cancer Research Golf Challenge was held to continue their fundraising efforts. Two courses were available for participants, including the world-famous Champion course and the Fazio course for the Cancer Research Golf Challenge.In addition to the fun, yet competitive, golf event, dinner, an auction with fabulous prizes, a helicopter ball drop and an awards ceremony were held. This exciting and prosperous event included chairmen Brenda Diuro, Pat Gelardi and Marsha Boyes. Maria Marino was an honorary chair.

Not only was the event a lovely outing on a Saturday, it benefitted such a wonderful and important cause. Proceeds from the event went towards support for cutting-edge research in cancer biology and funding for fellowships for postdoctoral scientists.

“It is important to support cancer research, because statistically speaking, one in three Americans will be touched by the disease,” said Jane Broderick, Director of Golf Operations at PGA National. “On the human side, it is a devastating disease that can ravage the human body, and causes emotional suffering for all involved.”

In total, the accumulative PGA National initiatives have raised over $1 million. This has supported six years of clinical trials, Women’s Cancer Awareness Day (WCAD) fellowships launched by the PGA National WCAD Committee, totaling over $700,000.

Such positive feedback came from this event. Because this was such a success, the PGA National’s senior management team and members have decided to continue this event for years to come. The second annual PGA National Scripps Florida Cancer Research Golf Challenge is scheduled for April 1, 2017. Guests can expect nothing but the best for this growing event. For more information on the event and PGA National Resort & Spa, visit To learn more about The Scripps Research Institute, visit