12th Annual Albert R. Taxin Golf Classic to Support Brain Tumor Research

12th Annual Albert R. Taxin Golf Classic to Support Brain Tumor Research

June 12, 2007

(PHILADELPHIA — June 13, 2007 ) – The Twelfth Annual Albert R. Taxin Golf Classic, sponsored by The Wistar Institute, will be held on Monday, June 18, 2007, at the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, PA. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. For the second year in a row, projected net income from the Taxin Golf Classic is expected to top $120,000 to support brain tumor research. This year’s co-chairs include Billy Cunningham, Larry Magid, and Fran Tobin.

The event honors Albert R. Taxin, who died in 1993 at the age of 53 of an inoperable and incurable brain tumor. Taxin was the long-time proprietor of Old Original Bookbinder’s restaurant, now located at 125 Walnut Street in Old City. Funds raised support the vital investigations of scientists in the Albert R. Taxin Brain Tumor Research Center at The Wistar Institute, established in Albert’s memory by his widow Doris Rousso Taxin in 1994.

Following the Taxin Golf Classic will be a cocktails and buffet reception, with dessert and an awards presentation at 7 p.m. Former Philadelphia Eagles football coach Dick Vermeil will attend, as will event co-chairs Billy Cunningham and Larry Magid. Vermeil coached the Eagles from 1976-1982, taking them to the Super Bowl in 1981. He also coached the St. Louis Rams from 1997-1999, winning the Super Bowl with them in 1999. Cunningham played on the Philadelphia 76er’s basketball team from 1965-1972, and coached the 76er’s to the 1983 National Basketball Association Championship. Magid is the owner of Electric Factory Concerts, which has been bringing top musical acts to Philadelphia since 1968.

After the awards presentation, Vermeil will act as auctioneer at a live auction. Items to be auctioned include concert tickets for the following shows: Genesis, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffet, and the Police. Also on the block is a guitar signed by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Sports memorabilia and tickets will be auctioned including: Duke University basketball tickets, Phillies game tickets, a signed lithograph of Arnold Parmer, and a signed gyclée of Chase Utley. An Eagles package including four game tickets, limousine transportation to and from the game, a football signed by Coach Vermeil, and a magnum of Vermeil Winery Cabernet will be auctioned. Additionally, a three-bedroom condominium in the heart of the Vail Village skiing resort will be auctioned.

Major sponsors for the Taxin Golf Classic this year include Electric Factory Concerts, Evelyn and Ronald Krancer, the Taxin and Rousso families, Marcia and Ron Rubin, and Fran and Sylvan Tobin.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research, with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the web at www.wistar.org.

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