Seena Magowitz Golf Classic celebrates 10th anniversary

Dec. 8 golf tournament at Arizona Biltmore benefits TGen cancer research

PHOENIX, Ariz. - October 23, 2012 - Promising to be the best yet, the Seena Magowitz Foundation will host its 10th annual Seena Magowitz Golf Classic, benefiting pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

This 10th annual Magowitz golf tournament - which coincides with TGen's 10th anniversary, and with the 10th year of Arizona's Bioscience Roadmap project - will be held Dec. 8 at the storied Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix.

Derrick Hall, President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is this year's tournament master of ceremonies.

"Having lost my father to this terrible disease, I can empathize with the families and friends of those whose loved ones have suffered with pancreatic cancer," Hall said. "I feel confident that, through the efforts of this tournament, TGen will be better positioned to unmask the genetic origins of this disease."

The tournament, which in the past has drawn more than 200 golfers, benefits a TGen-led international effort to eradicate pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in America.

"A decade ago, I don't think any of us could have foreseen the tremendous progress that has been made by TGen to help conquer this disease," said Roger Magowitz, President of the Magowitz Foundation, which he founded in honor of his mother, Seena, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2001. "The advent of TGen's whole genome sequencing and the ability to search out each patient's genetic vulnerability is a phenomenal biomedical advance."

TGen's use of whole genome sequencing in analyzing three pancreatic cancer patients was recently documented in a scientific study, funded in part by the Magowitz Foundation, and published Oct. 10 by the Public Library of Science.

"TGen's groundbreaking pancreatic cancer research receives a tremendous boost from the Seena Magowitz Foundation's annual December events," said Michael Bassoff, President of the non-profit TGen Foundation. "Industry leaders like Leggett & Platt and Mattress Firm are making a difference in the lives of pancreatic cancer patients today."

Leggett & Platt COO Karl Glassman, who lost his mother to breast cancer and a good friend to pancreatic cancer, is this year's tournament Honorary Chairman. "If we continue working together in a hard-fought campaign to curb this brutal disease, I'm confident that our efforts will make a life-changing difference."

Pancreatic cancer annually takes the lives of more than 37,000 Americans. A staggering 74 percent of those diagnosed die within the first year, and only 6 percent survive more than five years.

For the first time, this year's Magowitz Classic will include a doubles tennis tournament. This will be a round robin competition of 12 teams.

On Dec. 7, the evening before the tennis and golf tournaments, the event kicks off its 10th anniversary with a special Monte Carlo casino welcome from 6-11 p.m. at the Biltmore.

The golf tournament, chaired by Tournament Co-Founder Ray Bojanowski, begins Dec. 8 with a 7 a.m. breakfast and registration, followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The tennis tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. A luncheon, auction and raffle will follow at 1 p.m.

A golf foursome, including the welcome and luncheon, is $1,750. A tennis twosome, including welcome and luncheon, is $800. Individual golfers or tennis players is $450. For those who don't play golf or tennis, and still want to participate, the welcome is $100 per person, while the luncheon is $150 per person. Golf Classic room rates at the Biltmore start at $139 per night.

Corporate sponsorships are available, ranging from $500 to $100,000. Sponsors may contact: Roger Magowitz at 602-524-7636 or [email protected]; Liz McBeth, Tournament Director, at 757-773-3622 or [email protected]; or Alison Bassoff, Vice President of Development, 602-361-7006 or [email protected].

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About the Seena Magowitz Foundation
The Seena Magowitz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to advancing the awareness and eventual prevention and cure of pancreatic cancer. The Foundation is dedicated to funding top medical institutions on the leading edge of translational pancreatic cancer research committed to diagnosis, the advancement of life-extending treatment options and the ultimate goal of eradicating this deadly killer. For more information, visit:

About TGen
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a Phoenix, Arizona-based non-profit organization dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research with life changing results. Research at TGen is focused on helping patients with diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders and diabetes. TGen is on the cutting edge of translational research where investigators are able to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases. Working with collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen believes it can make a substantial contribution to the efficiency and effectiveness of the translational process. For more information, visit:

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