It was a beautiful day for golf on Monday, June 25 at the 29th Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament. A record number of golfers arrived at Muirfield Village Golf Club excited for another memorable tournament! Friends, golfers and community supporters came together to once again support this important event, raising nearly $400,000 to support the construction of a new Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
View the 2012 Highlights Video
Since its inception in 1982, the Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament has raised $4.5 million for Ohio State’s cancer program. In 2009, tournament proceeds were directed to the hospital expansion project and the Block family committed tournament dollars to this area for the subsequent five years. Since that time, $1.2 million has been raised for the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute which is set to open in 2014.
Following a great day out on the links, golfers and tournament friends enjoyed a festive evening reception and awards ceremony. Medical Center leaders—Steve Gabbe, MD, and Dave Schuller, MD—spoke on the future of medicine through the medical center expansion as well as the groundbreaking cancer research taking place right here at Ohio State. Ohio State’s head football coach, Urban Meyer, served as the 2012 tournament Honorary Chair. Coach Meyer shared heartfelt remarks about the ways cancer has touched his life and he and wife Shelley’s personal commitment to support The James on its quest for a cure.
Tournament guests were also delighted by a surprise greeting from Columbus Zoo animals— kangaroo, snow leopard, bush babies, armadillo, binturong and more! Ball Drop Sponsor, Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals arranged for this surprise, which provided a fun and unique photo opportunity for attendees. The golf fivesome that included Walt Dennis, Jeff Gudenkauf, Nick Marzella, Charlie Ruma and Joe Tate went together purchased the winning ball-drop ticket and donated back their $2,000 winnings to The James.
The evening concluded with the announcement of the winners of the skill contests as well as the top three golf teams. The Contract Lumber team; Jim Bieser, Jeff Tegtmeier, David Stafford, Carl Mollenkopf and Tanner Murphy once again captured the tournament championship and were awarded the coveted champion jackets.
The OSUCCC-James and the Block family would like to thank all of the 2012 sponsors, tournament players and volunteers who contributed their support so generously. We look forward to the 30th anniversary tournament on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Scioto Country Club!
Thank you to our 2012 sponsors:
Macy and Shirley Block
Jeri Block and Robert H. Schottenstein
Nickolas Savko & Sons
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
The Kroger Co.
America’s Floor Source
Anderson Concrete-Doug Anderson
Janis and Michael Bloch
Toni and Jeff Block
Linda Schottenstein Fisher
Julie and Andrew Glassman
The Lewin Family/ Hamilton Parker Company
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
OSU Department of Athletics
SS&G Healthcare Services LLC
Worly Plumbing Supply
Golf Shirt Sponsor
Julie and Keith Brooks
Ball Drop Sponsor
Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals