The Fourth Annual Blue Ridge Trail Pink & Blue Golf Tournament was held on Saturday June 21, 2014. The fundraising event was an all around success. $9500 was donated to the Prescription Assistance Fund of Medical Oncology Associates in Kingston. The Pink & Blue tournament theme addressed breast, prostate and colon cancer awareness and support.
The Prescription Assistance Fund was established as a non-profit trust in 2001 to help patients in need of medication for lack of appropriate insurance coverage for certain medications used to treat their cancer, pain, infection and blood clotting disorders. Medical Oncology Associates works diligently along with the drug companies to procure funding for patients who are unable to pay for medications, but there is always a “gap” between the time such funding is available and when they need their medication. “With the help of organizations like the Blue Ridge Trail Pink & Blue Golf Tournament, patients are able to leave our office with a prescription in hand, walk across the street and get medication immediately,” said Dr. Bruce Saidman, MD, of Medical Oncology Associates.
The fund also helps cover the cost of transportation for specialty visits out of town when someone cannot afford it. It helps to pay for durable medical equipment such as ostomy supplies, walkers and wheelchairs.
The Pink & Blue Tournament was an official Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club event. The committee worked with Tony Barletta and Flo Alba at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Course to make the Fourth Annual Pink and Blue Golf Tournament a success. One-hundred four golfers teed it up to enjoy a day of friendly competition and fun. Tournament Committee members included Alison Kryger, Stephanie Grubert, Matt Novak, Pat Kwetkauski, John Kwetkauski, Jane Medvecky, and Trish Riley.
Corporate Sponsors included the Tambur Family Foundation, Petroleum Service Co.-
Black Horse Foundation, and Wheelock Street Capital LLC. Hole sponsors were: Alshefski Enterprises Inc, Precision Chemical Plus, TransUnion LLC, AJ’s Auto Parts, Inc, Cross Valley FCU, Bucci Laser Vision, Green Valley Landscaping, Medical Oncology Associates, Pretty Paws Too!, Reliable Auto Repair, Schott North America, Inc., Transunion, Triangle Pharmacy, Vision Imaging of Kingston/ Hazleton Imaging Center, Stoltz Financial, Woodlands Inn & Resort, Mack Novelty, Nova Equipment & Supplies, Mountaintop Eagle, Georgetti Painting, Independent Graphics Inc., Yogi’s Ethnic Foods, Digital Control Systems, Savello USA Inc, Ice House Pub, LT Verrastro’s Beer Distributor, Dempsey Uniform & Linen Supply, Kinsel & Company LTD, Choice One Community CU, Morgan Stanley-Karen Natishan, Morgan Stanley-Ellen Bush, Herr’s Snack Foods, Century 21 Smith Hourigan Group, Sun Buick GMC and In Loving Memory of Lou Kryger.
Many prizes were donated by: Penn State Athletics, Hilton Scranton, Dr. Chung, Maines Paper and Food, SYSCO Food Services, Alshefski Enterprises, Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Blue Ridge Tuesday Night Ladies League, Cavanaugh’s Grille, Chalet Restaurant, Dempsey’s Uniform & Linen, Dunkin Donuts Mountaintop, Edgewood in the Pines Golf Club, Evans Roadhouse, Gatorade, King’s Restaurant, Lucky’s Sporthouse Wilkes Barre, Luigi’s Restaurant, NEPA Crossfit, Northeast Beverage, Powerhouse Eatery, Reilly’s Garage, Rodano’s on the Square, Ron Lee, Inc., Sand Springs Golf Club, Senape’s Bakery, Steve Shannon Tire/Auto, Sugarloaf Golf Club, III Guys Pizzeria, TGI Fridays Wilkes Barre, Tony’s Pizza, Weis Market, Wilkes Barre Golf Club.