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Golf Tournament Benefits Research Center
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Time is fast approaching for the fifth annual charity golf tournament at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club, a benefit for the Reeve-Irvine Research Center and presented by Research for Cure, a non-profit organization.

The date for the tournament is Monday, July 11 and the cost is $150 for 18 holes of golf, cart, prizes, lunch, tri-tip and chicken dinner, raffles and a silent auction, Format is four person amateur scramble and registration for the 1 p.m. shotgun start begins at 11:30 a.m.

For those who don't want to play, join in the dinner and silent auction only for $30. Join players at the no-host bar beginning at 5 p.m., followed by dinner, raffles and the silent auction.

Sponsorship packages are also available.

Event chairman Fran Lopes said proceeds from the event will benefit the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, which is in the forefront of the latest research breakthroughs to help find treatments for spinal cord injury and related neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Huntington's, Alzheimer's or stroke.

"Promising research suggests new and powerful treatments," Lopes said. "It is the lack of funding that is keeping people suffering and allowing early deaths."

The Center is named after the late Christopher Reeve - paralyzed in a horseback riding accident - and is part of the University of California, Irvine.

Lopes, paralyzed in a motocross accident, said Research for Cure has presented checks totaling $166,000 to the Center over the years.

"Pretty impressive from a group of 100 percent volunteers," he noted, "most of which are in wheelchairs!"

For more information about the tournament, to volunteer or donate, contact Lopes at 838-3641.