October 7, 2013
Dear Friends of Steve, As the Cox Classic puts a wrap on its 24th year, it does so with great anticipation. Indeed, it has been a remarkable 2013 for one of our beneficiaries – Rutgers University – with direct implications for our humble event. With the recent historic integration at Rutgers, the university’s assets now include the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, itself a recipient of Cox Classic support for the last six years. As New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institutedesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey delivers advanced comprehensive care for adults and children. It also conducts cutting-edge cancer research, transforms discoveries into clinical practice, and provides education and outreach in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. The Institute is led by Robert S. DiPaola, MD, one of today’s golfers, as well as one of today’s keynote speakers (see profile on pg. 6).
“Twenty-four and there’s so much more.” -Neil Young, Harvest
Also on today’s roster is Jack McCallum, NBA Hall of Fame member and award winning Sports Illustrated columnist, whose most recent book, The Prostate Monologues, provides an honest, witty, and intelligent account of his own experience with cancer.
Some of you may have already noticed that the Cox Classic brand itself has evolved. Joining the familiar “Steven A. Cox Charity Classic” and “Cox Classic Est. 1990” marks is the new ‘CC24’ logo, visible on the wearables in today’s gift bag, and on the cover and throughout this journal. CC24, as well as the journal itself, was designed by Phil Zusi, a long-time Cox Classic supporter now based in Houston. Clearly there are friends of Steve all over the place! Keeping with the “new” theme, we are delighted by the presence today of our Symetra Tour players, who represent the future of the LPGA. Their budding careers are worth keeping an eye on, as they aspire to the heights achieved by today’s featured LPGA legend, Pat Bradley (aka, “Major Bradley”, in acknowledgment of her 6 major victories including 3 in one season!). In short, lots of “great” on the golf course today amid the usual hacks, shanks, and whizzers of the Cox Classic faithful. As we once again honor the legacy of our friend, Steve Cox, we also look to an exciting anniversary year, with a lot of news to report in the coming months, and culminating with our annual celebration—indeed, our 25th Annual celebration! We hope to count you among us! Until then, be well, and as always, thank you for being a friend of Steve. Cheers,
Mike Marion Chairman
Susan Campbell ~ David Chmiel ~ Henry Cox ~ John Dowd ~ Michael Faletto Michael Forrestall ~ Fred Greenspan ~ Mike Marion ~ Glenn Mastro ~ Tim Omaggio ~ Chris Thedinga
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The Inspiration Behind The Event Steve Cox was born on Long Island, NY, on May 29, 1958. He grew up in Edison, NJ, attended St. Pius High School in Piscataway, graduated from the University of Scranton in 1980, and went on to obtain an MBA with honors from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1983. After graduating from FDU, Steve met Donna Scruggs, whom he married in 1989. Among his many passions in life were golf and running (he ran in the New York City Marathon in 1988), his family, friends and church. Steve’s professional career began when he accepted a job with AT&T in 1985. For the next five years he would hold a variety of management positions in the company’s advertising and marketing organizations. In spring of 1989, tests revealed a rare cancerous tumor - usually found only in children - had formed on Steve’s hip bone. For the next 22 months he underwent intensive chemotherapy and several operations. Despite significant physical challenges and excruciating pain, Steve remained incredibly strong, positive and focused on beating the disease and performing his job. In fact, he never really gave up the fight. Shortly before Steve’s death, he was awarded the coveted Spirit of Communications award for his contributions to the company’s college marketing program, as well as for the courage and strength he exhibited during his battle with cancer.
“It’s not what happens to you in life, but how you choose to handle it that determines your well being”
Through it all, Steve never lost his unique and upbeat sense of humor. In the waning weeks of his battle, he suggested to his father that in the “unlikely” event of his death, an “I’d rather be sailing” bumper sticker might look good on his casket. Family and friends well remember how his positive thinking helped them cope with his illness. Steve’s resilience and strength were truly inspirational. His life touched many lives, and continues to do so today. He died on May 15, 1991 at age 32, shortly after coming to terms with his disease. Since his death, Steve’s story has been shared with many people who are undertaking similar challenges. One of his favorite perspectives on life - embodied in the quote above - continues to help others get through their own obstacles and misfortunes. It remains a fitting legacy for Steve’s life.
A Short History of the Cox Classic A lot of time has passed since the 1991 death of our tournament namesake, Steve Cox. Since then, the void created by his absence has been filled, at least in part, by the amazing evolution of the event that is dedicated to his memory. Once considered among the largest single-day amateur charity golf events in the country, the Cox Classic never purposefully strove to be the biggest. In fact, our reasons for being have remained the same all along: to remember Steve and to help kids, women and families battling cancer. Thanks to our loyal core of participants, volunteers, and corporate sponsors, the event just keeps rolling along each and every year, extending the tradition, one Cox Classic at a time. And to think that it all started with a simple plan to give a little boost to a good friend...
It all started with a
simple plan to give a little boost to a good friend...
The spirit of it all. When the idea was hatched back in early 1990, the goal was modest: Get a few duffers together, play a little golf, and raise some money to help out a friend who was battling cancer. That’s how five AT&T colleagues and three friends from Golf Digest created the “Golf-a-thon for Steve Cox.” Supporters made pledges on a per-hole basis, and those eight golfers, braving the brisk winds of a long autumn day at Newton Country Club, in Newton, NJ, logged 54 holes on the scorecard. The result: the usual array of slices and shanks, birdies and bogies - not to mention, 2,800 one-dollar bills, carried in a Golf Digest duffel bag and delivered to an overwhelmed and appreciative couple, Steve and his wife, Donna.
Sadly, on May 15, 1991, after waging an inspirational 22-month battle against bone cancer, 32-year-old Steve Cox succumbed to the disease. Soon afterwards, Steve’s still-grieving friends were moved to make a fateful decision. They would keep it going: They would make the golf fundraiser an annual event. It would be an ideal way to remember Steve and his courageous fight. And the money raised could be used to help others waging a similar battle. Thus, the seed for the Steven A. Cox Charity Classic was planted. At the time, nobody could have predicted that through the years, thousands of golfers would team up to raise millions of dollars for charity’s sake. But that’s exactly what happened, and today’s Cox Classic is just another example of people coming together to celebrate Steve’s life and the lives of all the women, children and families to whom our tournament gives hope. Giving and caring: They have become a Cox Classic tradition. Thank you for making it yours, too.
24th Annual Program Agenda Welcome Mike Marion Chair, Steven A. Cox Foundation
Special Thanks Henry Cox Chair Emeritus, Steven A. Cox Foundation; father of Steve
Toast to Our Tournament’s Namesake Mike Forrestall Treasurer, Steven A. Cox Foundation
Friends of Steve Video Keynote Speakers Robert S. DiPaola, MD Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Jack McCallum Author, Columnist, NBA Hall of Fame inductee
LIFE, Golf Winners, and the LPGA Val Skinner, Pat Bradley, Women of the Symetra Tour LPGA
Rafﬂ e Winners Susan Campbell, Tim Omaggio Trustee, Steven A. Cox Foundation; President, Steven A. Cox Foundation
Live Auction: Super Bowl Tickets David Chmiel Trustee, Steven A. Cox Foundation
The 24th Annual. CoxCharityClassic.com
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Robert DiPaola
CINJ Head Sees Bright Future Interviewed by David Chmiel Dr. Robert DiPaola was named Director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and associate dean for oncology programs in September 2008. DiPaola also is a professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a medical oncologist who specializes in prostate-cancer research. He has been with CINJ since 1994 but this year oversaw a sea of change in the future of New Jersey medicine.
Dr. Robert DiPaola celebrates growth, merger with Rutgers, and research potential in ﬁ ght against cancer. On July 1, CINJ became part of Rutgers University under the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act. New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of 41 in the U.S., CINJ has received donations from the Steven A. Cox Foundation since 2007 through its affiliation with Val Skinner and her LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer charity. Dr. DiPaola, recently named one of New Jersey Monthly’s Top Doctors 2013, will be playing in the 24th Annual Cox Classic and keynoting at the post-tourney reception. He found a few moments to answer a few questions about CINJ — and his golf swing: How has the Rutgers uniﬁcation affected CINJ? You know that as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, it’s very important for us to continue to grow and serve a large population. This now helps us integrate many sectors in science and technology and will help the patients we serve, because we can apply science to patients, trials and technology and assess each in a more personal way. We can target patient therapies though what we call “precision medicine,” the ability to specifically tailor gene-sequencing, mutations in an individual’s particular cancer. It will help us recruit the world’s best researchers and experts, men and women who can be shared across multiple schools. But that is only part of the “Big” news, right? Yes, the Big 10 affiliation for Rutgers is a huge opportunity for us, because we now will be part of a Big 10 cancer consortium that will allow our doctors and researchers work with their peers throughout the network of the member schools, which all are tremendous research universities. This will provide such added value for the patients and creates a link in a more meaningful way through Rutgers, where the categories are enhanced in technology and research and collaboration and within other universities. This cements our presence all over the state and helps grow the Rutgers name all over the country. It will be an
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optimal benefit in our interactions with the 16 other New Jersey hospitals, with clinical-trial activities, reach throughout the state and continue our mission of bringing the highest level of care and research right to patients throughout the state. How can it elevate Rutgers as a research university community? It’s important to say that going forward, this will give us the ability to expand services. It will help every one of our affiliates, our clinical trials and our precision medicine. It will generate great momentum, cooperation and support for guiding every facet of our development in specific ways. Despite all the gains that the Rutgers afﬁliation brings, do CINJ and others still face ﬁnancial challenges? Of course! Philanthropic support is critical from every source that we can find because many of these programs are not covered by federal dollars and they are so important to everything we do. Our dollars go directly to help patients, so when we get more endowments for the Institute, we can create new opportunities to address patients’ needs. Within the Rutgers University Foundation, there will be sources for expansion, in terms of people and programs that will allow us to develop new research and treatment for breast cancer, prostate cancer, and every form of the disease. We already engage in more than 200 clinical trials at any one time and always are trying to see out all possibilities beyond the standard therapies. But, of course, they are expensive. We are doing better, and expect to continue to do better, but we always will strive for more resources to help us fight cancer. How does CNIJ make best use of its research dollars? We want to be as transparent and as supportive to all our donors, whether they come from corporations, foundations or individuals. We created what we call “Impact Awards,” which recognize the people who are making major strides in fighting cancer. This kind of recognition and transparency works very well because people can see the tangible results of supporting CINJ. Last year, we began a program to “sell” research minutes, where we can let donors get a window into just how we can take the dollars they so generously donate and turn them into the tools used for the pursuit of research or practical application of medical treatments.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Robert DiPaola The Friends of Steve are huge fans of Val Skinner and she has led us to CINJ. How does her spirit help CINJ make a difference? Val is such a dynamo. It’s been our privilege to work with her. Her energy and support are amazing. She has made LIFE such an important part of CINJ; the BioCONECT program is truly a special initiative and is so vital as a tool that educates young women about the importance of cancer screening and prevention. Just as importantly, this will lead to a new generation of physicians, research leaders, and health-care professionals. As a specialist in prostate wellness, what can you tell the Friends of Steve who aren’t playing from the “red” tees? Well, you are right. We always need to find new ways to get guys to pay attention to their own bodies. As a species, men tend to blow off their own wellness. But they have to check with their primary care physician, get screened for prostate cancer, get colonoscopies and keep a keen eye on their cholesterol. It’s hard to be too definitive, because guys are not as easy a group to work with as women are. If a man isn’t quite feeling right, he always can go to our site: http://www.cinj.org/education/prostate-cancer to find answers to some questions, but they also must get themselves to a doctor to get the most effective treatment. Tell me about your golf game? I can scrape it around, but I don’t play enough. I have a 16-year-old son, now a junior in high school, who is a very committed golfer. I play at Black Oak CC in Long Valley. It has a slope of 131 and I am a 13 there. I am trending down, though, so that gives me hope. Are you as surgical in your approach on the golf course as you are in the hospital? Hardly! Well, then you’ll be right at home with the Friends of Steve! I have heard nothing but great stories about this group of golfers. I am looking forward to seeing you all in action.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jack McCallum
From Hoops To Hope by David Chmiel Write what you know. It’s the simple mantra for all authors. Jack McCallum, the longtime NBA beat writer and columnist for Sports Illustrated, won the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award for print journalism in 2005 by focusing on the game he loves.
Acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum tackles battle with prostate cancer in latest book. But this year, McCallum, presently an SI contributor and professor at Muhlenberg College, came up with a shorter title for his most recent book, The Prostate Monologues, to chronicle his own battle with prostate cancer. “My agent didn’t want me to do it,” McCallum says, “but it was something I felt strongly about. I may not have done it exactly by the book, but I thought it was important to do something to help guys, who aren’t exactly known for taking care of themselves,” he adds with a laugh. McCallum is looking forward to speaking to the Friends of Steve. Once you finish Monologues, you can get an inside peek at McCallum’s other offerings, the titles of which appear to be attempts at earning Guinness Book of World Record for longest titles in non-fiction writing: 2012’s Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and The Greatest Of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever captures how the NBA legends dominated the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; :07 Seconds or Less — My Season on the bench with the Runnin’ and Gunnin’ Phoenix Suns, and Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics.
Pat Bradley: In a Class of her Own By W.O. Marion Keegan Bradley has been making quite a name for himself on the very competitive PGA tour since he earned his card in 2011. Just 27-years-old, he already has three victories to his credit, including the 2011 PGA Championship, and is currently 9th on the money list with more than $3 million won in 2013. If he keeps up this pace, he may someday equal or even surpass the record that his aunt, former LPGA superstar Pat Bradley, amassed in her storied career. But for now, that remains to be seen, and Pat – not Keegan – is the Hall of Famer in the family. In fact, Pat Bradley is a living LPGA legend thanks to her immense success on the Ladies’ Tour from 1974-1995. In all, she collected 31 LPGA tour victories – including six majors – in an era that featured, among others, luminaries like Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan, Betsy King, and Jan Stephenson (a special guest at last year’s Cox Classic). Pat’s accomplishments put her in a class of her own: She is the only player to win three of the four LPGA Majors in a single season. In an epic 1986 run, she took home the trophies in the du Maurier Classic (now The Canadian Women’s Open), the Kraft Nabisco Championship (our own Val Skinner finished second), and the LPGA Championship. In the other major, the U.S. Women’s Open, she ended up a very competitive fifth. Not surprisingly, she won both the scoring and money titles, and was the 1986 LPGA Player of the Year, an honor that was also bestowed upon her in 1991. That year, she won four times, and captured her second money and scoring titles. In addition to her historic success in 1986, Pat led the way in career earnings during her run on the LPGA Tour. She was the first player to cross the $2 million, $3 million, and $4 million thresholds. It was no surprise when she was elected to the prestigious World Golf Hall of Fame in 1991. The World Golf Hall of Fame is unique among sports halls of fame in that it honors both women and men under one roof. So Pat’s legendary accomplishments are on display alongside those of such alltime greats as Babe Zaharias, Jack Nicklaus, Old Tom Morris, and Mickey Wright. The family cow bell also made the Hall. As the story goes, when Pat won her first LPGA Tour event in 1976, her mother back home in New England went out onto the back porch and started celebrating by clanging a cowbell. She made it a tradition by ringing the bell each time Pat won on the LPGA tour, 30 more times to be exact. When Pat’s career ended, the cowbell was retired, too, and its natural new home became the Hall of Fame. It has been said that what makes an athlete truly elite is the ability to perform at a high level for multiple years. Pat Bradley most certainly did that: During her prime, she competed in 627 tournaments, posting an astounding 312 top-10 finishes, with 208 of those in the top five. We are both thrilled and honored to have this LPGA icon join us at this year’s Cox Classic.
2012 Cox Classic Champs : Rick Zeien, John Barletta, Mark Mitola, and Dan Lynn with LPGA great Jan Stephenson. The Coveted Cox Classic Cup
What the Heck is Symetra?
by Bob Carney
Quick. What’s the only professional golf event sponsored by an aeronautical university? Wow. You’re way ahead of us. That’s right. It’s the Symetra Tour’s final event of the year, the Tour Championship, sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, one of 15 events on the tour once known as the Futures Tour. Symetra is to the LPGA what the Web.com Tour is to the PGA Tour.
The top 10 Symetra Tour money-earners after the Embry-Riddle earned their LPGA Tour cards, with fully exempt status on the big tour. The next 12 players earn automatic entry into Stage III of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, held in December. Here’s some other things you should know about the Symetra Tour, especially if you’re going to talk to any of our Symetra Tour stars today: The LPGA’s developmental tour launched in 1981. In 2011, Symetra, a U.S. financial services specializing in annuities and life insurance, signed a multi-year agreement to become its sponsor. For the past 15 years of the tour’s 33-year history, players have earned automatic exemptions onto the LPGA Tour from the Symetra Tour. This year marks the second year that fully exempt status will be awarded to the top 10 money winners in the Race for the Card. Symetra Tour alumnae are among the best players in the world and have accounted for an amazing 370 LPGA victories, including 41 majors!!! They include:
Lorena Ochoa, winner of 24 tournaments, including 2 majors; •
Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, of Australia, a winner of 39 events and 7 majors; •
23-time winner (including 4 majors) Laura Davies; •
Inbee Park, winner of 3 consecutive 2013 women’ majors; •
Meg Mallon (19 victories, 4 majors), captain of this year’s Solheim Cup team, along with her assistant captains Dottie Pepper and Laura Diaz; •
Current and past Solheim Cup team members including Cristie Kerr, Christina Kim, Vicky Hurst and Angela Stanford;
Stacy Lewis, who followed 16 top-10 finishes in 2012 with her second major, the 2013 Ricoh British Women’s Open;
It’s no stretch to suggest that current Symetra aspirants will reach similar heights. Symetra stars with us today who earned their LPGA cards in 2013 include: •
Cydney Clanton, who played her collegiate golf at Auburn and joined the tour last year, won the Four Winds Invitational in June and has finished in the top ten 3 times this year. She finished third in the Volvik Race for the Card for a spot on the LPGA Tour.
Olivia Jordan-Higgins, of England, won the Credit Union Classic in July in her third year on tour and finished 8th in the Volvik Race for the Card. •
Hannah Jun, of San Diego and the University of Florida, won the season-ending Volvik Championship by two shots to finish 6th in the Volvik Race for the Card. Welcome to the LPGA, Hannah! Sue Kim, of British Columbia by way of the University of Denver, finished 4th on the money list with one 2013 win and a handful of top 10s.
…as well as other top players on the Symetra Tour….. •
Marina Alex, in her second year on tour after majoring in Managerial Communications at Vanderbilt, finished T13 on tour, with 5 Top Tens.
Kendall Dye, who grew up in Oklahoma and majored in Communications at the University of Oklahoma, had 3 Top Tens in 2013, including a tie for 2nd at the Eagle Classic in Richmond. •
Laura Kueny, who joined the tour in 2010, won the Symetra Classic in May and finished second in the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in Illinois in June. The Michigan State alumna is also former Michigan PGA Champion. Marissa Steen, in her second year on the Symetra Tour after studying sports management at the Univeristy of Memphis, finished in the TOP Ten 3 times in 2013. •
Symetra stars at the 24th Annual Cox Classic join Hall of Famer Pat Bradley, winner of 31 LPGA events, including six major championships, and Val Skinner, who won six times on the LPGA Tour, including the 1985 Konica San Jose Classic (over Pat Bradley!). Skinner’s Foundation is a beneficiary of the Cox Classic, and conducts one of the leading breastcancer education programs in the country. We’re thrilled to have with us representatives of the LPGA’s storied past, and, in these Symetra Tour stars, young players who will write the story of its future. From now on when you hear Symetra, think: One High-ﬂying Tour!
Teams Of Distinction With 65 winning foursomes over the past 23 years, we’ve simply outgrown the Winner’s Trophy. Immortalized here are the past champs of the Cox Classic… 2012 New Jersey NatioNal Rick Zeien, John Barletta, Mark Mitola and Dan Lynn
2006 (cont.) Hawk PoiNte Ken Peterson, Bob Schwartz, Jerry Setzer, Phil Zusi
2004 (cont.) Fiddler’s elBow Forest John Nesvig, Neil Mulcahy, Steve McKiernan, Toby Byrne
2011 New Jersey NatioNal John Moore, Kevin Monaghan, John Kearney, Bill Bergen
2005 BaskiNG ridGe c.c. Morris Eliasoff, John Farugia, Josh Garey, Steve Kalman
staNtoN ridGe Jack Conway, Rob Dicarlo, Ken Fivek
2010 New Jersey NatioNal Dan Greenspan, Kevin Riordan, Brad Franks, Thomas Lantzounis
New Jersey NatioNal Allen Mendelson, Carl Carlson, Richard Heptig, Joe Walsh
2009 New Jersey NatioNal Rich Mario, John Marion, Bill Marion, Steve Marion, Matt Marion 2008 Fiddler’s elBow river Tom Consol, Mike Kalinak, Bill Stake, Chet Oldakowski Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Bill Bergen, Tom Bishop, John Kearney, John Moore 2007 royce Brook GolF cluB Chet Oldakowski, Bill Stake, Michael Kalinak, Tom Consol 2006 Fiddler’s elBow river Carl Carlson, Michael Collins, Dick Heptig, Jeff Starr
Fiddler’s elBow river Thomas Hauck, Patrick Rauchet, Bill Eifert, Jamie Benton Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Robert Kantor, Bruce Rittenberg, Lou Polonkay, Scott Klatsky Fiddler’s elBow Forest Rick Bebiasi, Danny Cifelli, Pete Dasaro, Todd Christie 2004 royce Brook east Bill Allen, Warren Dodge, Josh Weingast, Gus DiBiase royce Brook west Dale Shankland, Alvaro Sanz, Sherman Spencer, Ron Kotz New Jersey NatioNal Doug Roeder, George Otras, John Donnelly, Alex Mironovich
Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Grant Hendricks, Mike Racanelli, Rich Racanelli, Joe Roberto
Fiddler’s elBow river Mike Breen, Bob Carney, Julie Carney, Mike Marion
Fiddler’s elBow Forest Todd Christie, Michael Davis, Stephen Mara, Brian Toolan
Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Greg Wienboldt, Rudy Agostino, Tony Heaton, Bill Lees
royce Brook east Joe Gallo, Dean DelVecchio, Ron Spears, Tony Leggio 2003 royce Brook west John Kearney, Thom Bishop, John Moore, Kevin Monaghan New Jersey NatioNal John Donofrio, Michael Donofrio, Fred Gorra, John Mignone Fiddler’s elBow river Ed Brauman, Keith Brauman, Dave Dance, Mike Mancini Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Bill Cunningham, Gary Helm, Kevin Kelly, Walt Ward Fiddler’s elBow Forest Jack Frekker, Jon Nesvig, Connie Weaver, Chris Wightman 2002 Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Mark Nolan, John Fabian, Bob Melvin, Dennis Donnelly Fiddler’s elBow river Gary Helm, Bill Cunningham, Walt Ward,Randy Cherkas Fiddler’s elBow Forest Jim McFarland, Lou Jablonski, Tom Clark, Regina Egea
Teams Of Distinction 2002 (cont.) staNtoN ridGe Ian Perrin, Chris Kurtz, Alan Goldin, Lee Albertson
1999 soMerset Hills Jim Bellis, Mike Lupica, Dave Renzulli, Brian Thebault
1996 Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Jeff Bauer, Bill Donlin, John Gutman, Dan Fleishman
New Jersey NatioNal Cathy Constable, Jeff Constable, Ron Furman, Judith Kenny
staNtoN ridGe Ray Dundas, Bill Morningstar, Jed Petrick, Jay Altmeyer
Fiddler’s elBow river Lori Davis, Gary Fuller, Jerry Wakin, John Schule
Fiddler’s elBow Meadow John Nesvig, Neil Mulchahy, Steve McKiernan, Toby Byrne
Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Jack Griffin, Michael Liu, Larry Travaglia, Roger Clarke
1995 kNoll couNtry cluB Dave Long, Bob Forbes, Nancy Telliho, George Burnett
Fiddler’s elBow river Bob Carney, Julie Carney, Mike Marion, Father Tom Hartman
Fiddler’s elBow river Ron Bozak, A. Freedburg, Gerry Helm, Jerry Lewis
2001 Fiddler’s elBow Forest Cliff Clark, Tim O’Brien, Dave Peacock, Gene Thaw
New Jersey NatioNal Tom Bishop, Bill Dittman, Kevin Monaghan, John Moore
staNtoN ridGe Bob Bruder, Chris Kurtz, Ian Perrin, Alan Goldin
1998 soMerset Hills Steve Witkoff, Bo Dietl, Jeffery Goldberger, David Edelsteine
New Jersey NatioNal Gary Helm, Michael Jagacki, Phyllis Sullivan, Vince Zuza
Fiddler’s elBow Meadow Tom Campbell, Chris Czekaj, Allen Aiken, Mark Agostinelli
2000 soMerset Hills Bo Dietl, Steven Witkoff, John Kelly, Neil Clark
Fiddler’s elBow river Harold Morgenstern, Jeff Mahl, Bob Igiel, Lou Koskovocis
Fiddler’s elBow Meadow John Cafaro, Keith Lerch, Bill Blades, Andy Fusco
staNtoN ridGe John Moore, Thom Bishop, Kevin Monoghan, Tom Kearney
Fiddler’s elBow river Alan Aiken, Christopher Czekaj, Kevin Leslie, Kevin Hanft
1997 Fiddler’s elBow Meadow David Epstein, Dick White, Bernie Kosar, Mark Gordon
Fiddler’s elBow Forest Michael King, Toby Price, John Donnelly, Jon Kayser
Fiddler’s elBow river Betty Tolerico, Joe Tolerico, Pete Granwehr, John Morales
staNtoN ridGe Jeff Long, Jim Deam, Bob Failing
staNtoN ridGe Ron Furman, Brian Sikorsky, Howard Hambleton, Chris Kenealy
1994 crystal sPriNGs c.c. Tom Evans, Doug Ritter, Kim Hillers, Mark Dowley 1993 roxiticus couNtry cluB Mark Syp, Bob Carlin, Russ Terry, Steve Nazaryk 1992 roxiticus couNtry cluB Bob Carney, Mike Marion, John Morales, Bob Schwartz 1991 roxiticus couNtry cluB Mother Nature 1990 NewtoN couNtry cluB Jim Stanton, Bill Donlin, Steve Block, Chuck Fugger Jim Keplesky, Geoff Russell, Julie Hug, Mike Marion
October 7, 2013 Dear Friends of Steve, The Cox Charity Classic has become a staple event on on the New Jersey National Golf Club calendar, and I’m thrilled that NJN is once once again the host venue for this distinguished event. While The Cox Classic is about camaraderie and enjoying enjoying an autumn day playing a great golf course with friends and colleagues, it’s it’s also about giving back. In fact, the philanthropic side of this event is what truly makes it one of the premier charitable events in the region, and it’s a privilege privilege for Empire Golf Management to be part of such a special day. It’s great to see Val Skinner’s continued support and and participation. Thanks to the commitment of so many individuals, this event pays tribute to the life of Steven A. Cox, while benefiting wonderful organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, LIFE (LPGA (LPGA Pros In the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer), Cancer), and the Steven A. Cox Scholarship for Cancer Research at Rutgers Rutgers University. The golf course is in great shape, and the staff at New Jersey National is here to ensure that the 24th Annual Cox Charity Classic is a memorable experience. experience. Sincerely,
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October 7, 2013 Dear Friends of Steve, We would like to take a moment to congratulate all of the participants in and supporters of the Cox Charity Classic and salute your commitment commitment to making a difference in the lives of individuals touched by cancer. At Celgene, we continue to look for new solutions to to help improve the lives of patients around the world with blood and solid tumor cancers. cancers. We are honored once again to partner with the Steven A. Cox Foundation and salute salute the tremendous work you do on behalf of patients everywhere. Please accept our congratulations on another successful successful event and let us add our most heartfelt thanks to the many supporters that make it it possible.
Greg Geissman Director, Public Relations Celgene Corporation
LIFE Funded Programs BioCONECT (Biology of Cancer, Online Education Connecting Connecting Teens), an innovative curriculum for biology and science courses, is designed designed to improve science skills and increase awareness of breast cancer among high school students. students. Through age-appropriate activities, students develop problem solving and decision making making skills, apply their knowledge of biology, expand their understanding of genetics and explore relationships between science and technology. Using breast cancer as the context, students also learn learn how cancer develops, identify risk factors for cancer and investigate ways to reduce cancer risk. risk. BioCONECT teaching techniques include an interactive online forum, problem-based learning, learning, small group activities, role-plays, hands-on experiments and case studies. BOLD (Bioconect Oncology Leadership Development) is a High School summer learning opportunity that provides the students with a hands-on hands-on experience in a real world setting, designed to be an intensive immersion into the world world of science and health care. The students work directly with the doctors and professionals in the field; learning about a variety of careers through those that do them every day. Students go through the actual process involved in treating cancer themselves. BOLD helps to create a beginning for a life-long education in the sciences while teaching the students the importance of taking taking BOLD action to be proactive about their own health advocacy. Hereditary Oncology Prevention and Education (HOPE) Program provides genetic counseling and risk assessment for individuals concerned about their risk to develop cancer. Cancer genetic counseling helps young women recognize the role family family history plays in cancer risk, and understand when genetic testing is appropriate. Young Young women who attend the LIFE Center are counseled about available medical options to manage their risk and are provided with a management plan tailored to their unique level of risk. risk. LIFE funds also provide support for prominent researchers researchers in the field of breast cancer genetics as they study hereditary factors that may cause early onset breast cancer. These researchers are examining how genetic variations between individuals individuals influence a womanâ€™s personal breast cancer risk or a womanâ€™s response to specific treatments treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.
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October 7, 7, 2013 Dear Friends of Steve, Rutgers is honored once again to team with St. JudeÕ s ChildrenÕ s Research Hospital and the LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer (LIFE) as a beneficiary of the Cox Charity Classic. Over nearly a quarter of a century, century, the Cox Classic has raised millions of dollars to help those battling cancer. Rutgers proudly contributes to this fight through cuttingcutting-edge research into causes and cures for this deadly disease. more than 65,000 students from all 50 states and Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the choice for more more than 115 countries, including 45,000 undergraduates and 20,000 graduate students. Greater than 24,000 faculty and staff at our 33 schools and colleges bring rigor and creativity to academics at Rutgers. Due Due to the generosity of our nearly 450,000 alumni, as as well as foundations like the Cox Charity Classic corporations and foundations Classic,, Rutgers continues to exceed our central mission of education and to lead the nation in research, health care and service. Funding generated through the Cox Charity Classic helps Rutgers advance its educational mission through the Steven A. Cox Scholarship in Cancer Research in the UniversityÕ s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. This scholarship supports exceptional PhD students stu dents working towards cancer treatments and improving patientsÕ patientsÕ quality quality--of of--life life.. The fourth recipient of this scholarship will be third third--year graduate student Nick Stebbins, Stebbins, a talented young researcher who focuses on modulating chronic pain, which is associ associated ated with cancer. Specifically, NickÕ s project is to develop biomaterials biomaterials that release opioid analgesic drugs in a controlled manner, such that pain relief can be sustained in vivo days longer than the current statestate-of of--the the--art treatment with little to no risk of abuse. This biomaterial would have a longer lasting analgesic analgesic effect and fewer side effects, and thus enable patietns to recover at home. We congratulate the Cox Foundation on nearly 25 years of commitment to improving life for cancer patients. We We also thank the Foundation for its generous support towards our shared commitment in fighting cancer. Sincerely,
Kathryn Uhrich, PhD
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I want you to remind you what a huge difference you are making in the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Thank you! Every donation and event – like this evening’s Cox Classic Golf Event – helps St. Jude in our search ffor or cures for children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases. Not only are you helping to fuel the groundbreaking research at St. Jude, you also are providing immeasurable support for our patients and their families, families, who never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food. Most of all, you are giving hope to families everywhere everywhere that their children will survive – and thrive. I’m sure you’d agree: All children deserve to experience experience a lifetime of moments. That’s why St. Jude treats treats children from all 50 states and around the world, and and then freely shares its breakthroughs so doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is where doctors doctors send their toughest cases because St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive forms of childhood cancer. St. Jude also has invented more clinical trials for cancer than any other children’s hospital, which is why the world looks to St. Jude for new and better ways to treat childhood cancer. While St. Jude laboratories may not be in your community, community, our discoveries are. To date, treatments invented at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to more than 80 percent today. Now St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent by 2020. We won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. Thank you for working together for such an important cause: finding cures and saving children.
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In Memory: Steve Cox May 29, 1958 – May 15, 1991 I first got to know Steve Cox in May of 1989 during an AT&T team building exercise at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York. The team building itself wasn’t all that great: the experience was contentious for many people, at times the facilitators lacked control and focus, and the rain – which limited our outdoor activity – was unrelenting. But for me, the event had a silver lining: I got to know Steve. Although I was aware of him, I had never really met or talked with Steve. But we struck up a conversation one night at Mohonk, on one of the large covered porches, watching the rain fall. We covered a lot of ground those two hours: the missteps of the facilitators of the team building exercise, the concept of team, Project Miracles (another team building event which Steve had experienced), life at AT&T and within the consumer advertising department, advertising in general, our respective upbringings, our high school and college days, our spouses and families, our goals and aspirations, sports, the New York City Marathon (which we learned we had both run), and fitness in general. I was struck by Steve’s warmth and positive nature. He also had a great sense of humor. His love for his wife and his family was obvious. His perspective on life was so upbeat and well balanced. I walked away from our conversation with a profound feeling that I had just met one of the nicest people in the world. I remember we also talked brieﬂy about the discomfort in his lower back. It was innocent enough; we had no idea what lay ahead. Not long after Mohonk, tests would reveal a cancerous tumor had formed on Steve’s hipbone. The medical name was Osteosarcoma. The news came as a shock to everyone, including Steve. How could something like this be happening to someone so young and vital and good? Steve put aside the inequity and quickly focused his energy on fighting the disease. Over the next 22 months he would undergo intensive chemotherapy treatments and several operations. He was in and out of the hospital. His pain threshold was constantly being tested. In the midst of his battle, Steve came to work in my group on AT&T’s College Market Program. Despite his significant physical challenges, he excelled in the job. His performance was exemplary. As a testimony to his contributions, he was honored with the company’s “Spirit of Communications” award. Steve was an insightful, hard working, and dedicated member of the team. He always strove to be his best and do his best. He cared deeply. It was also remarkable how Steve managed around his obvious physical disability. His personal struggle never got in the way of his performance. He simply wouldn’t let it. He persevered. He remained strong, focused and positive.
In Memory: Steve Cox His optimism was inspiring. I quickly learned that my perceptions of Steve were universally held by a sizable number of people within AT&T and at the advertising agencies with whom he worked. Steve had many friends and acquaintances, who, upon learning of his condition, transformed themselves into an impressive network of support. As Steve’s health deteriorated, we used the phone to stay connected. Our conversations always included his words of appreciation for the cards, letters, tapes, faxes, books and other gifts and mementos that poured in from his friends. Although some of these gestures may have had a higher perceived “marquee” value – like letters from President Bush, Jack Nicklaus, a phone call from Karl Nelson (ex-Giant football player and himself a cancer survivor), personal greetings (via videotape) from Bob Ranalli and Merrill Tutton (top AT&T executives), personal notes from Mr. Tutton, and fellow AT&T execs Ken Bertaccini (also a cancer survivor) and Kim Armstrong (head of the organization in which he worked), and a golf-a-thon in his honor that raised nearly $3,000 – Steve was touched by every act of kindness on his behalf. He often described the collective demonstration of support as “overwhelming.” Steve also talked about his family often and how fortunate he was to have such a close, caring family and so strong and loving a wife. He knew how remarkable his family was and he spoke of them with pride and love. Steve lived with formidable odds of survival and unbearable pain. Through it all he kept focused and positive and strong. He was strengthened by his faith, and he held on to hope. He also held on to his sense of humor – and would use it to soften the impact his burden had on others. My conversations with Steve became a significant part of my life. Despite his own condition, he wanted to talk about me and my family, our work group, and the latest advertising campaigns. He continued to care about the work and the people behind it. As time went on our talks became less frequent but each more valuable. Steve called me one last time on the night of May 1. He said he was saying goodbye to his friends. He said he had come to terms with his condition and was accepting his fate. He was no longer going to fight, that he had given it his best shot – an understatement to be sure. He was now praying to go peacefully. And in his typically unselfish way, he was also praying for a cure so that others could be spared from what he had to endure. There is learning in Steve’s experience: of the need to keep our lives in perspective; of how quickly our fate can change with no apparent reason or logic. Steve spoke of the need to truly live one day at a time and each to its fullest. His message is simple yet profound. I feel privileged to have known Steve. I miss him dearly. I will remember him, and our brief friendship, forever. And I’ll particularly cherish our one spring night at Mohonk, standing on the porch, sipping beer, watching the rain fall, feeling great about ourselves, our families, our work, and our lives ahead of us. Mike Marion May 16, 1991
2013 Cox Classic Sponsors Title Sponsor New Jersey National Golf Club
Presenting Sponsor The Hibbert Group
Premier Sponsor Celgene Corporation
Gold Sponsor Asurion Haddad & Partners, LLC
LPGA Clinic Sponsor Tobe Direct
Silver Sponsor Pharmalink Consulting E ST
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Bronze Sponsors FormCo, Inc., OSB Co., Ferriero Engineering, Inc. C h aSystems, sic Printing, 95.5 WPLJ Radio Zaptitude, Prosys Information Twill r it y Cl a s
Marketing Friends and Partners AT&T, Barnes & Noble, Basking Ridge Country Club, Bridgestone Golf, Box Grove, Classic Harbor Lines, Cherry Valley Country Club, Hartefeld National, Rossmoor Golf Course, High Point Golf Club, E V EN A . COX Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Golf Center, The Annika Academy, ST Chelsea Piers Empire Golf Management, Newton Country Club, Rutgers University Foundation, Rutgers Athletics, Diversified Global Graphics Group, UniversityC of Scranton, Royce Brook Golf Club, Stanton Ridge Golf Club, h sic r it y Country Downingtown Country Club, Spring aBrook Cl a s Club, PGA Superstore-Paramus, Twisted Dune Golf Club, Minisceongo Golf Club, Pine Barrens Golf Club, Crystal Springs Golf Club, Metedeconk National Golf Club
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The Steven A. Cox Foundation Trustees gratefully acknowledge the following individuals and organizations whose support of the 24th Annual Cox Classic has been invaluable: Robert DiPaola, M.D., Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated Val Skinner, LIFE, Pat Bradley, LPGA Tour Dr. Kathryn Uhrich, Rutgers University Dr. Richard Edwards, Rutgers University Dr. Thomas Farris, Rutgers University Tim Moonan and the Moonan Family Greg Geissman, Celgene Eric Bergstol, Empire Golf Management Rudy Virga, Empire Golf Management Pierre Bohemond, New Jersey National Sean Toohey, New Jersey National Oliver Filley, New Jersey National Jason Ruggiero, New Jersey National DJ Haddad, Haddad & Partners Benoit Dutrevis, Haddad & Partners Aimee DiBlasi, Haddad & Partners Terry McLain, AT&T Clint Wulfekotte, Rutgers University Foundation Sandy Brill, Rutgers University Foundation Philip Micari, WPLJ Dave Kaplan, Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center Megan Dubal, Bridgestone Golf Kelly Cardona, Chelsea Piers Golf Center Megan Dunkelman, The Annika Academy Sherb Naulty Paul Sundick Phil Zusi Tina Snitzer Rich Szigety Jack Szigety Bob Carney Julie Carney Mike Breen Laura Kueny Marissa Steen Sue Kim Cydney Clanton Marina Alex Jackie Stoelting
Olivia Jordan Higgins Hannah Jun Kendall Dye Joyce Hendricks Brian Oâ€™Leary M. Hunter Tim Omaggio Susan Campbell David Chmiel Henry Cox John Dowd Glenn Mastro Chris Thedinga Mike Faletto Fred Greenspan Mike Forrestall Jun Forrestall Gene Innocenti Chuck Russo Jack Ciamillo Julie Rygiel Don Dalgauer Ruth Bogoly Brent Mills Kevin Leslie Maureen Mallon Ann Romanovsky Joan Pagliocco Joe Febonio Lisa Torquati Mike Melendez Tom McKelvey Anna Frank-Zubova Dave Albright Deb Mason John Kearney Joe Tolerico Donna Marion William O. Marion
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