The big winner of the 21st Annual Mount Nittany Medical Center Golf Classic was the under-construction cancer pavilion slated to open in 2012. The $150,000 total from this year's tournament represents the highest fundraising result in the Golf Classic's five year commitment to the cancer pavilion, making this a record-breaking year for the event.
The Golf Classic hosted 60 foursomes (240 players), and more than 100 volunteers were on hand for the event, which took place Aug. 21 at Penn State's Blue and White Courses. Another of the day's big winner was Joe D'Elia, who won the grand prize—a car or cash giveaway. He chose the $10,000 prize and donated a portion back to The Foundation for Mount Nittany Medical Center; he designated it for the cancer pavilion.
"I am grateful for the support of our sponsors, golfers and volunteers who have helped make this event our most successful tournament to date. The new cancer pavilion will allow for a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care while enhancing recruitment opportunities for Mount Nittany Health System," Golf Classic Chair John B. Cox, MD, said.
At a building dedication and naming ceremony Sept. 7, the Board of Trustees of the Mount Nittany Medical Center announced that the name for the new center would be the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion. The Shaners made a substantial donation toward the construction of the center and also established a generous endowment for services and other treatment-related needs of cancer patients and their families.
The Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion will house radiation oncology, medical oncology, and examination space as well as 19 private chemotherapy suites. It will also feature special amenities like a large resource room for patients and families; space for integrative services such as rehabilitation and nutritional consultations; private, quiet waiting areas in addition to public waiting areas; and a dedicated pharmacy.
Over the past 21 years, the Golf Classic has raised close to $1.5 million to support critical programs and equipment purchases at Mount Nittany Medial Center.