Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6:00pm to Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 7:00am
Since it began in 2001, Tucson’s annual Himelic Memorial Dinner and Golf Classic has raised $832,000 to benefit amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The funds are “seed money” that allow UA researchers to conduct the preliminary research necessary for obtaining larger government and private grants to further their studies of ALS.
Today, more than 70 years since baseball legend Lou Gehrig passed away from what has come to be known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” researchers are continuing to try to understand ALS, a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease that can strike people from all walks of life.
The 13th annual Himelic Memorial Dinner and Golf Classic will be held Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson. Golf enthusiasts can experience this private, 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, with greens and bunkers – newly redesigned by “The Golden Bear” himself. Non-golfers can enjoy dinner, auctions and dancing to live music.
Event organizers once again are asking the Southern Arizona community to participate in this fun-filled event to support vital scientific research with the goal of improving our understanding of ALS and developing effective treatments that ultimately will lead to a cure. All proceeds directly benefit UA ALS research at the Jim Himelic Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Neurology.
The event schedule includes:
Friday, May 31
6-7:30 p.m. – silent auction
7:30-11 p.m. – dinner, live auction and dancing to live music by The Roadhouse
Saturday, June 1
7 a.m. – registration begins
8 a.m. – shotgun start (four-person scramble format)
1-2 p.m. – lunch and golf awards
Fees are as follows:
- Golf/dinner/auction/dancing: $175 per person, $700 per foursome. Format will be four-person scramble (form your own foursome or the JHF will pair you). Limited to 144 players.
- Dinner/auctions/dancing only: $65 per person by May 16; $75 after May 16.
Sponsorships (deadline May 10):
Driving range: $500
Practice green: $500
Tee sign: $300
Hotel room rate is $119 (includes resort fee) plus tax (deadline for hotel reservations is May 10).
To register, or for more information about the Himelic Memorial Dinner and Golf Classic andALS research at the UA, visit the website, www.jimhimelicfoundation.org or contact Diana Himelic Dawley, 520-907-5235, email email@example.com (Those who are unable to attend the event but who still would like make a donation may do so online.)
About the Jim Himelic Foundation
Since it began in 2001, Tucson’s annual Himelic Memorial Dinner and Golf Classic has raised $832,000 to benefit ALS research at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.
The event is named in honor of Jim Himelic, a friend of the Tucson community and much-respected juvenile court judge who died from ALS in February 2000. The Jim Himelic Foundation (JHF) was created by his family, friends and colleagues in 2000 to fund local ALS research.
The foundation’s goal is to raise $1 million in “seed money” – money that will allow UA researchers to conduct the preliminary research necessary for obtaining larger government and private grants to further their studies of ALS.
JHF supports investigations at the Jim Himelic Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Department of Neurology. Researcher Daniela C. Zarnescu, PhD, UA associate professor of molecular and cellular biology and neuroscience, has been awarded several national grants thanks to JHF “seed money.”
JHF also is working with neurologists Katalin Scherer, MD, and Holli Horak, MD, both UA associate professors of neurology, to apply ALS research in a clinical setting at the MDA/ALS Center at The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, Southern Arizona’s only multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to the care of patients with ALS.
The public’s help continues to be needed. JHF believes that ALS can be cured through focused, dedicated neurological research within the next quarter century. Supporting this local effort to eradicate ALS can make an immediate difference. For more information, contact Diana Himelic Dawley, 520-907-5235, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website, www.jimhimelicfoundation.org (online donations accepted).