Junior Builders Host Golf Tournament for Mary Parkes Asthma Center
Sept. 8 fundraiser supports expansion of programs for people with lung disease
August 23, 2011
The Rochester Junior Builders’ Exchange hosts its 16th annual golf tournament to benefit the Mary Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Care on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Victor Hills Golf Club.
The scramble begins with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m., and includes breakfast, lunch and a steak dinner. There will be a variety of raffles and prizes, including a trip to St. Thomas Virgin Islands and golf clubs.
This tournament, one of the largest in the area with more than 300 golfers, raises more than $130,000 annually to support the center. This year’s proceeds will fund expansion of the center, which is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center.
“It’s a great day of golf and camaraderie to support an important resource in our community,” said Rob Unger, chair of the Junior Builders’ Exchange (JBX) board of directors.
The Mary Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Care, is named for a young woman who died April 2, 1991, during a severe asthma episode. Walter and Carmina Parkes and their children Susan, Tom and Linda, were driven to open the first asthma center in the region, which provides outstanding patient care, cutting-edge technology and novel research.
The Junior Builders’ Exchange chose to support the center after learning about her story and the commitment of the family that helped create the center. Working closely with the Parkes family, the JBX has seen the tournament grow from raising $4,000 in its first year to more than $130,000 last year.
“This is clearly one of the largest tournaments in the area. We sell out two golf courses quickly and are always happy to see such support and commitment from the builders in our area,” Unger said.
Call (585) 924-2176 for more information