Tourney raises $12,500 to help families battling cancer

Staff Reports Posted 21 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Millis Memorial tops $100K over 8 years

Provided photos – The winning team includes, from left: Kyle Kurkowski, Greg Johnson, Craig Kurkowski and Ian Weatherbee.

The family of David Millis hosted the 8th annual David R. Millis Memorial Golf Tournament on June 1 at the Batavia Country Club and raised $12,500 to assist families battling cancer.

The tournament has now raised $100,600 over eight years. The money is donated to the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, which is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to helping local families with their fight against cancer.

The money is used to assist with prescriptions, medical insurance, nutritional supplements, hospital beds and many other needs.

This year the tournament had 111 golfers and an additional 48 dinner guests. Craig Kurkowski, Kyle Kurkowski, Greg Johnson and Ian Weatherbee won this year’s tournament. Doug Dombrowski, Ryan Dombrowski, Greg Weber, and Cody McKeller finished in second place.

The tournament also held the following competitions: longest drive (men’s) Bill McDonald, (women’s) Bee Monteverde, straightest drive – Brian Millis, closest to the pin (men’s) Joel MacFaland, (women’s) Carol Jones, Pancreatic Cancer Ribbon of Hope – Wes Bradley, chipping contest – Bob Fraser, and putting green contest – Bob Jones.

The Millis family joined for a photo at the tournament on June 1.

Golfers and dinner guests had a chance to find purple golf balls hidden throughout the golf course and banquet hall to help raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. Millis died from that disease. Anyone who found a purple golf ball won a prize.

“I am so happy we had another fantastic tournament this year,” said David’s wife Joan Millis. “I would like to thank all our sponsors, businesses and everyone who donated raffle items, golfers, dinner guests and volunteers. We couldn’t do it without everyone’s support.”

Next year’s tournament will be held on Sunday June 7. For more information, pictures and updates, click here.

“I would also like to thank our children and their families for all of their hard work and for helping so many families that are going through difficult times,” Mrs. Millis said. “I am very proud of all of them and keeping their Dad’s memory alive.”