West Linn, OR. The 11th annual Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) Invitational was held August 11th-12th at The Oregon Golf Club and featured 21 Oregon and Southwest Washington PGA golf pros, paired with amateur players, vying for a competitive prize purse, all while raising funds for the CCA. The invitational golf tournament is one of the largest fundraising events for CCA and has raised more than $1.7 million over the course of 11 years, which includes this year’s record-breaking total of $470,000. (Photo Credit, Portland Photography)

The Bruno family whose daughter was served by CCA posed for photo with the three celebrity panelists, Roger Clemens, Drew Bledsoe and Sean McDonough.

Sean McDonough, ESPN Sportscaster; Eric Weckert, CEO/Partner, Team Studio, CEO/Founder, DRIVe; Drew Bledsoe, former NFL Quarterback; Andy Lytle, CCA Board of Directors and Division VP, Western US at Jackson Family Wines

Regina Ellis, Founder and Chief Joy Officer, CCA delivers keynote speech

Group photo

The event was founded by Grant Hammersley, Vice Chair of Opus Board of Directors, and is governed by a steering committee including co-chairs Bob Turnquist, Head Pro/GM at The Oregon Golf Club and Jason Strobbe, VP of Sales at Vintage Wine Estates.

The event began with a Celebrity Round Table dinner on Sunday, August 11. Celebrity panelists included former MLB All-Star Pitcher, Roger Clemens; former NFL Quarterback, Drew Bledsoe; and ESPN Sportscaster, Sean McDonough.

The reception and dinner featured an inspiring story shared by Heidi Bruno of Tigard, OR, whose daughter, Holly, was served by CCA. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on exclusive experiences curated by each of the celebrity panelists.

The Pro-Am tournament, presented by OnPoint Community Credit Union, followed the reception on Monday, August 12, and offered world-class golf overlooking the sweeping views at the Oregon Golf Club. Additional sponsors include Joe’s Burgers, Go To Ortho, Prestige Care, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, and Acme Construction.

To learn more about CCA, please visit JoyRx.org.

About Children’s Cancer Association (CCA):

Since 1995, Children’s Cancer Association (CCA) has been transforming the pediatric healthcare experience through innovative, Joy-based programming, enhancing the mental health and emotional well-being of pediatric patients with the healing power of music, friendship, and nature. JoyRxTM programs empower kids to positively shift their emotional states during the stressful and painful experiences related to fighting life-threatening illnesses and extended hospitalizations. CCA aims to clinically position and deliver JoyRx as best practice in children’s hospitals across the country. See JoyRx in action at JoyRx.org or Facebook.com/ChildrensCancerAssociation.

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