COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 29th Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament will be held June 25 at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Proceeds from the event will benefit the expansion of the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, which is part of the $1.1 billion expansion project at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Golfing is $1,200 per player and includes greens fees, cart, lunch, and an invitation for the Reception and Awards ceremony. Team sponsorships start at $7,500 with additional non-golfing sponsor options from $500 to 7,000.
Ohio State's football coach, Urban Meyer, will serve as the honorary chair.
The tournament honors the memory of Herbert J. Block, a prominent Columbus businessman, who died of colon cancer in 1981. Since then, the Block Family has worked tirelessly on behalf of cancer research. Fueled even more by the loss of their mother, Maxine, to cancer in 1988, the Block Memorial Tournament has provided more than $4.1 million to Ohio State's cancer program, supporting research and patient education, and since 2009, supporting the construction of the new James Cancer Hospital. In 1992, a portion of the tournament proceeds established an annual lectureship in memory of Herbert and Maxine Block, to acknowledge excellence in the field of oncology. In 2009, the monetary award was increased to $25,000, making the Block Memorial Lectureship Award one of the largest prizes awarded by an academic institution in the field of cancer.
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only seven centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State's cancer program as "exceptional," the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program's 210-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a "Top Hospital" as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top 20 cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
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Contact: Gretchen Sauer, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293 3737, or Gretchen.Sauer@osumc.edu