Rancho Mirage, California (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
Friends and supporters celebrated the life of 1964 U.S. Open Champion and longtime CBS golf broadcaster Ken Venturi, who would have hosted the 23rd annual Loma Linda University Proton Charity Invitational on Monday, May 20.
Mr. Venturi died in a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California on Friday, May 17, according to his family. He was 82.
“For years, we at Loma Linda have said, ‘You can’t imagine the Proton Charity Invitational without Ken Venturi.’ But now, we must do,” says Dr. Jerry D. Slater, chairman of the Department of Radiation Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
“The Proton Charity Invitational was important to Ken, not only because of the good it would do for patients seeking proton therapy, but also because it was yet another way for him to give back to the game that meant so much to him.”
More than 100 golfers participated in the tournament, held at The Club at Morningside in Rancho Mirage. The tournament is held every year and raises funds for use in proton research to treat cancer at the Loma Linda University Medical Center James M. Slater, M.D. Proton Treatment and Research Center.
Since 1991, Mr. Venturi was the invitational chair and host of the Proton Charity Invitational, which has raised more than $3.3 million for proton research over the years.
Photo Caption: Friends and supporters celebrated the life of golf icon Ken Venturi at the 23rd annual Loma Linda University Proton Charity Invitational on Monday, May 20. Mr. Venturi, who died on Friday, May 17, was the longtime invitational chair and host of the golf tournament, a yearly event that started in 1991 and has raised over $3.3 million over the years for cancer research at the Loma Linda University Medical Center James M. Slater, M.D. Proton Treatment and Research Center. In the photo, Dr. Jerry D. Slater, (far left) and Dr. David Bush (far right), chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Department of Radiation Medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center, present the First Place (overall) award to the team made up of (from left): Steven Wiens, Mike Benford, Raul Castillo, and Brian Kirby.
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