Golf Classic 2003

The Charles Lafitte Foundation hosted the inaugural CLF Golf Classic in support of the Deborah Hospital Foundation, June 30, 2003.  The event, attracting 68 philanthropically minded golfers and other donors, raised $305,000 for the Deborah Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of the internationally renowned Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Brown Mills, NJ.

The tournament took place at the Tournament Players Club in Princeton, NJ, and included a cocktail reception, lunch and an awards program. Don Tollefson, sports director for Fox Philadelphia, emceed the event.  Sponsors included Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Gilmore Insurance, RCI Conference Call Services and Erik and Jill Maschler and family.  Prizes were awarded to the top three teams, closest to the pin and longest drive.

“The generosity of Suzanne and Jeffrey Citron, and all of those who participated in this amazing event will enable the Deborah Heart and Lung Center to continue its philanthropic mission well into the 21st century,” said Joseph P. Chirichella, executive director, Deborah Hospital Foundation.  “We are honored to have the support of the Charles Lafitte Foundation in our mission to provide the highest quality of medical care and technology to our patients without regard to a patient’s ability to pay.”

“The Charles Lafitte Foundation and the Deborah Hospital Foundation share the same commitment to supporting inventive and effective ways of helping people lead healthy lives, and we are thrilled with the success of this event,” said Mr. Citron, co-founder and board member, Charles Lafitte Foundation.   “We look forward to hosting similar events in the future in support of other organizations that strive to promote positive change throughout the community.”

About the Deborah Heart and Lung Center:
Originally founded in 1922 as a tuberculosis sanatorium, today the internationally renowned Deborah Heart and Lung Center provides specialized medical and surgical treatment to adults and children with heart, lung and vascular disease.  The Center continues to operate on the founding principle that “there should be no price tag on life,” delivering care to patients regardless of their ability to pay.  Offering the latest technology and a comprehensive range of cutting edge surgical techniques, Deborah also offers advanced non-surgical options, and a comprehensive outpatient program.  The medical team performs over 10,000 procedures a year, supported by the fundraising efforts of the Deborah Hospital Foundation.

About the Deborah Hospital Foundation:
The Deborah Hospital Foundation, officially founded in 1974, is comprised of approximately 50,000 volunteers across some 200 community-based chapters.  The Foundation raises funds and awareness through a variety of events and activities.  Each year, the group generates millions of dollars in aide of the hospital.


Lunch Sponsors

Jill & Erik Maschler Family Foundation
Chuck Seergy, Several Sources Foundation

Hole Sponsors

Mort & Pat David
John Dimarco
Steve McDermott, ICAP (Garban Capital)
Ira Walker, UBS

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