Pink and Green Join Forces for Olean General Hospital

By Megan Sorokes

On May 13, 2015, Bartlett Country Club of Olean, NY will be “all about pink” as golfers hit the greens for Olean General Hospital’s “Golf to Fight Cancer” Tournament.

“This will be our fifth year hosting the tournament,” said Karen Fohl, Foundation President of Olean General Hospital. “It’s the first tournament of the season and receives a great response.”

Golfers and guests can look forward to a great day on the course, followed by a wonderful dinner and auction.

“We have great auction items,” Fohl said, noting several prizes include Disney tickets and Jetblue Airline tickets. “It’s a popular feature. All the funds benefit cancer care at Olean General Hospital and in the past have been used to purchase new equipment for breast surgery and the Mildred Milliman Radiation Center, which is affiliated with Roswell Park Cancer Institute.”

Fohl said the event’s popularity continues to increase each year, which she believes illustrates the importance of quality cancer care to the community. “Everyone looks forward to it,” she said. “Participants love to support this cause. The community really comes together and we are proud of the support. Companies and individuals can even participate in honor or memory of someone who has been touched by cancer.”

There are various levels of sponsorship available for the tournament. “We currently have three Gold sponsors committed for this year – Western NY Immediate Care Exigence, M&T Bank, and Charlie P. Joyce and Family,” said Fohl. “Roswell Park will be the car sponsor and Paul Brown Dodge Jeep Kia is offering a 2015 Jeep Cherokee as a Hole-In-One prize for the fifth year in a row.”

Fohl noted, “We’ve been blessed to fill spots soon after we send out the invitations.” She expressed that all are welcome to the post-tournament dinner, and guests can also participate in the putting contest – another popular event of the evening. Add DJ Gary Hendryx and Mercy Flight which will provide a fly-over start to the 2015 tournament, and it’s sure to be a hit.

For full dinner details including registration at $75 per person call 716-373-2600 or visit

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