The Rendina Family Foundation’s seventh annual “Raising the B.A.R.” Bruce A. Rendina Memorial Golf Tournament held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 raised more than $132,000.
Friday evening’s welcome reception at the Breakers, sponsored by Davis Stokes Collaborative, P.C., Healthcare Real Estate Capital and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, kicked off the event.
Friday night’s speaker was Dr. Duane Anthony Mitchell, co-director of the Preston A. Well Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy, and director of the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program. He is also the Phyllis Kottler Friedman professor for the Department of Neurosurgery and the Florida State endowed chair of cancer research at the UF College of Medicine. Mitchell receives funding from the grant partnership of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure and the Rendina Family Foundation.
On Saturday, golfers teed off on the Breakers’ Ocean Course at 8:30 a.m., with an awards luncheon following that featured a video highlighting the life and legacy of Bruce Rendina, research from previous grants to Scripps Research Institute and the mission of the Rendina Family Foundation.
Saturday’s speaker was Dr. Robert L. Martuza, the Higgins professor of neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of the neurosurgery service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Martuza was Bruce Rendina’s doctor while he was receiving treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital and a $500,000 grant recipient from the Rendina Family Foundation in 2008.
The first-place team was Nick Coniglio, Frank Coniglio, Chris Cook and Will Finck.
Proceeds from the tournament will help the foundation enhance the quality of life for families and individuals who have been affected by cancer. The foundation endeavors to accomplish this through the funding of organizations, hospitals and biotechnology companies that develop cures for cancer.
In addition, the foundation supports efforts to increase the general welfare of the communities where it is actively involved. Since its inception, the Rendina Family Foundation has donated more than $5 million to organizations nationwide.
For more information, visit www.rendinafamilyfoundation.org or call (561) 628-3058.
ABOVE: Dennis and Maureen Witkowski with Richard Rendina.