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Italian American Charity Golf Association
Raises a Record $63,000 for WCA

The Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Association Committee presented Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO, with a check in the amount of $63,000 as the first installment of their three-year pledge to the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program to purchase new Endoscopy equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. Pictured lt. to rt.: Pete Pillittieri, IA Golf Chairman; Todd Frangione, IA Publicity Chair and 2007 Charity Golf Champion; Betsy Wright; Sebby Baggiano, IA Chairman; Jack Munella Jr., IA Vice-Chairman and Construction Manager at WCA Hospital.

The 37th Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Association raised a record $63,000 to support the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program. Their donations have provided WCA staff and patients with the most advanced equipment for the early detection and treatment of cancers. This donation is the first installment of a three-year pledge that will go toward the purchase of the Endoscopy equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer.

Betsy T. Wright, WCA President/CEO gratefully thanked the IA committee and the community for their ongoing support for local, award-winning cancer care. "Each year, this generous contribution from the Italian American Charity enables WCA to purchase advanced medical equipment and further enhances and strengthens the level of care we provide to our community," said Betsy. "Over the last five years, the IA charity has purchased the latest equipment for prostate, breast and colorectal cancer. We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Italian American Charity and sincerely thankful to everyone who supports this meaningful charity."

"The support from our community for the event was amazing," said Sebby Baggiano, Chairman of the IA Charity Golf Association. "We really believe in the quality of healthcare at WCA Hospital and are very proud that the proceeds benefit such a great cause."

This donation will be used toward the purchase of the precision, innovative Endoscopy equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer. "We will have the best equipment available," said James Campion, M.D., gastroenterologist (GI) on staff at WCA Hospital. "It will expand our field of vision and provide clearer images for the diagnosis of colorectal cancer. The good news is that we can prevent colorectal cancers by detecting and removing pre-cancerous polyps. This is very exciting and we deeply appreciate the continued support for our patients from the Italian American event."

The WCA Cancer Care Program of WCA Hospital is dedicated to offering compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care. The cancer care program is the only comprehensive program in Chautauqua County to hold a prestigious three-year approval with commendation for its Cancer Care Program from the Commission on Cancer (COC) of the American College of Surgeons. The three-year approval with commendation is the result of the hospital's commitment to integrating clinical excellence, programs and community outreach. WCA is one of only 1,350 programs across the country that has earned approval from the Commission on Cancer. In New York State, only one in four share this prestigious honor.

This year's event will mark the tournament's 38th anniversary with total proceeds topping $800,000. The Italian American Charity Golf Association event was the brainstorm of a small group of community minded men who wanted to raise money for a local charity. Their dream was to create a golf tournament where one member of each two-man team was of Italian decent and the partner was of another nationality. The IA Committee has already begun plans for their 2008 event which will be held June 12 14 at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville. For more information, call 664-7354 log on to their web site at

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