13th Annual Albert R. Taxin Golf Classic to Support Brain Tumor Research

13th Annual Albert R. Taxin Golf Classic to Support Brain Tumor Research

June 15, 2008

(PHILADELPHIA—Monday, June 16, 2008)—The 13th annual Albert R. Taxin Golf Classic, sponsored by The Wistar Institute, will be held Monday, June 16, at the Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill. Dick Vermeil, former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, will participate. The original Philadelphia Phillies “Fanatic” team mascot, Dave Raymond, will join the current Phillies Fanatic at the event. 

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. This year’s event will also debut the first annual Albert R. Taxin Bridge Tournament.

For the third year in a row, the projected net income from the Taxin Golf Classic is expected to top $120,000. The funds support brain tumor research at Wistar. The event has raised more than $1 million since its inception. This year’s co-chairs and platinum sponsors are Ronald and Evelyn Krancer and Fran Tobin.

Vermeil will join Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., president and CEO of Wistar, in hosting a silent auction. Philadelphia sports items to be auctioned include Phillies tickets and an autographed Pat Burrell baseball, Eagles tickets and an autographed football, and Flyers tickets and an autographed Mike Richards hockey stick. Suites at the Wachovia Center for an “American Idol” concert and a 76ers game will also be auctioned.

The event honors Albert R. Taxin, who died in 1993 at age 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. Funds raised support the vital work of scientists at Wistar’s Albert R. Taxin Brain Tumor Research Center, established in Albert’s memory by his widow Doris Rousso Taxin in 1994.

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

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to transfer its inventions to the commercial sector to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the web at www.wistar.org