San Diego – More than 150 golfers and guests helped raise $125,000 at the 12th Annual Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute Invitational Dinner and Golf Tournament on Oct. 4 and 5, 2009. The golf outing benefited Scripps Whittier’s clinical research center and Project Dulce, a diabetes care and education program that addresses the specific needs of underserved, ethnically diverse populations.
Scripps Whittier recognized leaders in diabetes care during the tournament. Jeffrey Sandler, MD, medical director at Scripps Whittier, was awarded the Jessop Award for his exemplary citizenship and significant contribution to the fight against diabetes.
“I am humbled and honored to have been presented this award,” says Dr. Sandler. “I love what I do and appreciate being recognized by colleagues, patients and friends. I am proud to be associated with this event, which will go a very long way in supporting best practice diabetes management throughout Scripps.”
Also honored was Francine Kaufman, MD, chief medical officer and vice president of Medtronic Diabetes. She received the Pacesetter Award as acknowledgment of her company’s technological strides in diabetes management, which improves patients’ lives.
“On behalf of Medtronic, I am thrilled to be part of such an important event designed to raise awareness about diabetes and support the necessary research to improve the lives of those affected by this disease and to work towards the cure,” says Dr. Kaufman. “The setting was incredible, the sport fantastic and the mission supreme.”
The tournament kicked off Oct. 4 with a dinner and auction at the beautiful Estancia La Jolla Resort and Spa. Thanks to a $50,000 matching gift, more than $100,000 was raised during the fund-an-item auction to support Scripps Whittier’s inpatient glycemia management program. Guests bid on sought-after items including a private poker party with poker extraordinaire Richard Lederer, a beachfront vacation in Puerto Vallarta and a Borrego Ranch Resort and Spa golf getaway.
A lively day of golf followed on Oct. 5, led by event honorary chairman and legendary golfer Lee Elder. Lead sponsors for the tournament include the Melisa Reasner McGuire Memorial Donor Advised Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Charles and Gerry Scribner, and Betty Warner and family.
Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute seeks to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes through innovative education programs, clinical care, research and collaborations that pursue prevention and a cure.