Second Annual Tee Off Against Brain Cancer Raises $400,000 to Support Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

Written by Amy Croom

April 29, 2019

Fundraiser for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke included charity golf tournament, dinner and silent auction

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Nationwide Marketing Group announced today that the 2nd Annual Tee Off Against Brain Cancer event – presented by NTT Data, Nationwide Marketing Group and AT&T – has raised $400,000 to support pediatric brain tumor research at Duke University Health System’s Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. The event was held April 25, 2019, at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, N.C.

“Brain cancer is the No. 1 cancer killer of children, and more than 28,000 kids across the country are living with a brain tumor today,” said Tom Hickman, president of Nationwide Marketing Group and chairman of the Tisch Brain Tumor Center’s Business Executive Committee. “This money will help the team at Duke continue its work of developing more innovative, less invasive treatments for these young warriors. Their work is life-changing, and we are honored to help support it.”

Tee Off Against Brain Cancer included a charity golf tournament and dinner with silent auction. The event served as the kick-off for a weekend-long celebration of brain cancer patients, including the annual Angels Among Us 5K and Walk of Hope for brain cancer survivors, their families and their friends.

“Thanks to the efforts of our Business Executive Committee and all of our generous supporters, we were able to make the weekend an unparalleled success for our patients, families, doctors and nurses,” said Ellen Stainback, director of external relations for the Tisch Brain Tumor Center. “These funds will allow us to offer better diagnostics, innovative new treatments and – most importantly – hope to these most special of patients. We could not be more grateful for the support.”

In addition to the presenting sponsors, supporters included Whirlpool, O’Rourke Sales Company, Tempur Sealy International, Inc., LG and Samsung (course sponsors); Electrolux, Synchrony and PerfectVision Manufacturing (lunch sponsors); DSI Systems, Pro Am Golf, Restonic, Wells Fargo Retail Services, TCL North America, AT&T, GE Appliances, WarnerMedia, Dave and Toni Robison, Ronni Sarmanian in honor of James Hebert, Brad Bentley in memory of Zack Charlton, Maggie and Buck Robison, The Shou Family, Dolores and Walt Dunnigan, Carol and Bill Taylor in memory of Mark L. Taylor, Grey Horse Farms South and Mike Courtney in Memory of Jeannie Ji (hole sponors); and Cogley for a Cure (merchandise sponsor).

About Nationwide Marketing Group

Nationwide Marketing Group works on behalf of thousands of independent appliance, furniture, bedding, electronics, specialty electronics, custom installation and rent-to-own dealers helping them grow their businesses and thrive on their own terms. With over 5,500 members who operate more than 14,000 storefronts, Nationwide Marketing Group is the largest buying, marketing and business support organization of its kind, representing billions in combined annual sales across the membership. For nearly 50 years, the organization has remained committed to the independent channel, empowering members with the scale, sophistication and efficiencies they need to compete while delivering the unmatched business intelligence, tools and resources required to win in an ever-changing business environment. To learn more, visit nationwidegroup.org.

About The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center

Established in 1937, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center was one of the first brain tumor research and clinical programs in the United States. Since then, it has advanced to become one of the best pediatric and adult neuro-oncology programs in the world—leading the way in comprehensive care that combines research breakthroughs, clinical trials and the newest therapies. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has given our center the highest rating of “outstanding” for each of the last 10 years. To learn more, visit tischbraintumorcenter.duke.edu.


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