Baywood Golf Classic to raise funds for Tunnell Cancer Center patients


The 11th Annual Baywood Golf Classic will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at the championship golf course of Baywood Greens. The event raises funds for Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center, furthering the mission of providing hope and wellness to its patients.
Tom Protack, vice president of development for the Beebe Medical Foundation, said, “We continue to see an increasing demand for services at the Tunnell Cancer Center. Our community is grateful to have an excellent award-winning local cancer center.”
The Beebe Medical Foundation announced this week that Dr. Srihari Peri, medical director of medical oncology at Beebe Healthcare, has volunteered to serve as honorary chair of the event. Peri has been with Beebe Healthcare since 1991, providing care to cancer patients. In 1995, when Tunnell Cancer Center was opened, thanks to the generosity of Robert and Eolyne Tunnell, Peri was named medical director.
Under his leadership, the Center has grown in both medical staff and services, and consistently received approval from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). In 2005, the CoC granted Tunnell Cancer Center the Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation, an accreditation it continues to hold.
In 2015, the CoC also presented Tunnell Cancer Center with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award. Tunnell is one of a select group of only 75 U.S. healthcare facilities out of 588 CoC-accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers to receive this national honor for surveys performed in 2014. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.
Lincoln Davis, co-chair of the Baywood Classic said, “We are so appreciative for the support the community has given this event for 10 years. It is remarkable to know that we have raised over $300,000 from local sponsors and players to support various patient and programs at Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center.”
ONIX Group is the Classic Sponsor this year. Individual player fees are $175, and foursomes pay $700. Entry fees include: greens fee, warm-up, contests, golf carts, GPS, breakfast, lunch, on-course refreshments, thank-you gift, door prizes and awards. The tournament begins at 8 a.m., with lunch immediately following.
The event also will include door prizes and both live and silent auctions. Contact Kathy VanBrunt, Beebe Medical Foundation event coordinator, at (302) 644-2900, ext. 16, or kvanbrunt@beebehealthcare.org, with any sponsorship or donation inquiries. Those who can’t play can still consider donating to Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center.