Golfers Take Marathon “Chip In” Challenge to Support Kids with Cancer

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Buffalo, NY - Thanks to the efforts of 12 golfers with lots of stamina, the fifth annual Chip In Challenge for Carly's Club raised more than $60,000 on August 31, 2009, for pediatric research and patient care at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Chip In golfers attempted 100 consecutive holes of golf in the single-day event at Westwood Country Club in Williamsville, NY.

Chip In was founded in 2005 by Stuart Scheff, who first attempted 100 holes as a solo challenge to raise funds for Carly’s Club. In the years since, Scheff has single-handedly raised more than $60,000. This year, however, was his last chance to swing the club as a Chip In golfer as he prepares to retire as organizer of the event.

"For five years, Stuart's vision, generosity and commitment have helped raise critical funds for childhood cancer patients and research at Roswell Park," said Steve LoVullo, Chip In participant and 2009 co-chair. "His dedication is inspiring to each Chip In golfer as we strive to do our part for Carly's Club."

Scheff’s fellow golfers this year included Carly’s Club member and cancer survivor Sean McLean, who took the 100-hole challenge for the second year in a row. Since its inception, Chip In has raised more than $400,000 for Carly's Club.

About Carly’s Club at Roswell Park:
Carly's Club for Kids & Cancer Research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute offers support programs to make life more manageable for children diagnosed with cancer and their families, and raises funds for pediatric cancer research seeking cures. Carly's Club is managed by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Currently over 260 pediatric cancer patients and their families are served each year through Carly's Club programming. For more information, visit Carlys Club  or call 716-845-8788.

About Roswell Park Cancer Institute:
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center. The Institute was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. RPCI is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or e-mail askrpci@roswellpark.org.           

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org