DUARTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The first Fred Claire Celebrity Golf Classic will feature an All-Star lineup of former Major League Baseball players and other celebrities at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, California, on Monday, Aug. 14, with all proceeds going to City of Hope, the world-renowned medical, scientific research and treatment center.
“I’m honored to be working with City of Hope and to be part of an event that will benefit this wonderful cancer research and treatment center,” said Fred Claire, the former executive vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. “In seven-plus weeks of treatments at City of Hope, I have seen the wonderful work by the doctors, staff and volunteers. I have seen firsthand both the care that is provided and the need to continue to do everything we can to provide funding to fight cancer.”
City of Hope and a volunteer staff, that was assembled with the help of Claire, has rounded up a great group of celebrities to participate in the tournament and dinner, which will be presented by City of Hope’s National Insurance Industry Council. Among the celebrities participating are: Shawn Green, Orel Hershiser, Mickey Hatcher, Maury Wills, Reggie Smith, Bill Russell, Eddie Murray, Tommy John, Ted Sizemore, Doug DeCinces, Jaime Jarrin, Ross Porter, Wes Parker and many others.
“We are deeply grateful to Fred, the National Insurance Industry Council and the celebrity players for their help in developing better cures for people with cancer,” said Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and director of City of Hope’s T cell Immunotherapy Research Laboratory. “It is only with help from people like them that we were able to make such progress in these past few decades.”
Claire has been sharing his story with the goal of helping others while continuing treatment for cancer in his neck that required surgery on Oct. 14 of last year.
“My cancer started with a spot on my lip and if I had protected that area from many days in the sun, that may have led to a different outcome,” said Claire. “If I can help just one person with this message of the dangers of the sun and need for protection, it will be very rewarding to me.”
The shotgun start is slated for 11:30 a.m. and the cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and awards following at 6 p.m.
Golf spots and sponsorships are available by contacting Ari Castellanos at City of Hope at 626-315-0867 or visiting the website at CityofHope.org/fred-claire.
Early sponsors for the event include Fox Transportation, Chivaroli & Associates, Athens Administrators, Aon and Crump Life.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.