FOR RELEASE: 11/1/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Kaulbach Golf Classic raises $100,000 for Bridgeport Hospital

One hundred twelve golfers—84 amateurs and 26 club professionals—took part in the 31st annual Coca-Cola Kaulbach Golf Classic on Sept. 15 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, raising $100,000 to support a variety of programs provided by the Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital.

“We extend our gratitude to all the golfers, sponsors, Golf Committee members and other volunteers who have made this event a success for more than 30 years,” says Scott Thornton, MD, co-medical director of the Cancer Institute. “As in the past, this year’s proceeds will support cancer patients and their families as well as staff education through a variety of programs.”

From left, Golf Committee Chairman Ed Santa; amateur members of the winning foursome Tom Galla, Stephen Zimmerman and Dave Galla; and Bridgeport Hospital Foundation President Steve Jakab

Specifically, the programs that will benefit from the proceeds include the oncology chaplaincy program, the Cancer Institute’s survivorship program, the annual Cancer College, the Agnes W. and Ernest W. Kaulbach Visiting Nurse Professor Program and a new genetic counseling program.

Frank Bensel of Danbury took home the top pro prize of $5,000 with a score of 67. The winning foursomes were Dave Galla, Tom Galla and Stephen Zimmerman, all of Trumbull, and pro Tony Frabizzio of Fairfield with a net score of 60; and Dan Berta and Peter Hayes, both of Ridgefield, Joe Troy of Westport and pro Sam Olson of Bethel with a gross score of 66.

The Coca-Cola Kaulbach Golf Committee is chaired by Ed Santa of Shelton. Joining him on the committee are Christina Bodine and Laurie Stefanowicz of Fairfield; Ted D’Eramo of Seymour; former Fairfield resident Austin Felis, who now resides in Manchester, VT; Mark Fries of Newtown; Ken Gurin and Rich Marusa of Shelton; and Brad Worthington of Easton.

Also on the committee are Richard Beaudoin, Paul Fitzgerald and Tom Polzella, representing title sponsor Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Representing Bridgeport Hospital on the planning committee in addition to Dr. Thornton are Pastoral Care Coordinator Rev. Nancy Anderson, Oncology Patient Navigator and Cancer Program Specialist Kim Bielecki, Chairman of Medicine Nicholas Dainiak, MD, Foundation Director of Special Events Maggie Dunigan, Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute Patient Care Services Director Peg Parniawski and Oncology Unit Nurse Manager Susan Tenney.

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital provides care to over 1,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, more than any other hospital in Fairfield County. The hospital is a member of the Yale-New Haven Cancer Network, an alliance of hospitals across Connecticut that provides access to the latest breakthroughs and delivers an unparalleled level of expertise in cancer, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Institute continues to expand its services for patients at Bridgeport Hospital and in the community. During the past year, construction began on a new radiation oncology center in Trumbull. When completed in early 2012, the new facility will combine with existing services at the same site to form a comprehensive outpatient satellite cancer center.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.