“Progress for Prostate” Tournament Makes Great Progress toward Beebe Screenings
The First Annual “Progress for Prostate” at Cripple Creek Country Club raised $13,000 toward Beebe Medical Center’s free prostate cancer screening program. The sold-out event on July 20, 2004 garnered a crowd of 125 golfers, including honorary chairperson and former Baltimore Colts star running back Tom Matte. Matte shifted his focus from football to golf for Cripple Creek’s tournament to help raise awareness about the importance of prostate cancer screening and early detection to save men’s lives.
“Prostate cancer has touched so many of us in our community. The 'Progress for Prostate' committee was overwhelmed by the wonderful response to our first tournament and we are grateful for the people who supported the event, including Tom Matte, more than 40 local businesses, Cripple Creek board and committee members, the people at Beebe Medical Center who provided their support, and all of the other individuals who donated gifts of time and talent,” explained Bob Davis, event chairperson and prostate cancer survivor.
Davis hopes to make the tournament an annual event to continue to make progress toward reaching men in local communities who should get screened.
“Beebe Medical Center is extremely appreciative of the vision and great strides the Progress for Prostate committee at Cripple Creek Country Club achieved in its first tournament,” Jeff Fried, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Center expressed. “We are fortunate that Cripple Creek chose Beebe to fulfill its mission to provide free prostate cancer screenings, especially to men in high risk groups, such as African American men. We look forward to being able to provide this valuable outreach to our community through their help.”