Scripps Florida, a division of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., has received $211,000 from the annual Women’s Cancer Awareness Days event at PGA National. The funds will be used to pay for five postdoctoral fellows at the institute’s Department of Cancer Biology.
The bountiful proceeds were generated during six days of events within the community of Palm Beach Gardens homes that included sports, games, raffles, auctions, luncheons and dinners. The event launched in 2004; today, it attracts more than 1,000 supporters.
“We are very grateful for the remarkable fundraising efforts and for the important and continued support of these five outstanding young investigator trainees in cancer biology,” said Elaine Solomon, who co-chaired the event with Barbara Sedransk. “We wanted to put the money directly into cancer research and felt that Scripps Florida, a not-for-profit organization, was doing the most exciting, intensive kinds of research that can make a real difference in the lives of cancer patients and survivors…and they’re doing it right here, as members in our own community.”
John Cleveland, chairman of the Department of Cancer Biology, said the funds will enable scientists at Scripps Florida, based in Jupiter, to discover new drugs and cancer treatments.
Solomon and Sedransk already are planning the ninth-annual Women’s Cancer Awareness Days for February of 2014.