Frank Robinson’s golf tournament to benefit diabetes

Frank Robinson hosts a golf tournament benefitting diabetes. It’s at El Cab CC in Tarzana on May 12.
The press release follows:

BASEBALL LEGEND FRANK ROBINSON HEADS UP THE
DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE GOLF CLASSIC

Los Angeles, CA – (April 15, 2008) – The Diabetes Research Institute Golf Classic, to be held once again at the beautiful El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana on Monday, May 12, 2008 will feature a full day of golf, good food, and auctions offering unusual and exciting prizes. Guests will also have the opportunity to play and mingle with Celebrity Chair Frank Robinson, a baseball legend and Hall of Fame great. Breakfast and registration begin at 9 a.m.; shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. The event will honor Charles Delle Donne with the DRI Humanitarian Award, and proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a world-leader in cure-focused diabetes research.
According to Event Co-chairs Ken Bernstein and Bob Bills, last year’s event raised approximately $200,000 and one lucky player scored that ever-elusive hole-in-one, driving home in a brand new Mercedes-Benz E350. Mercedes-Benz of Encino will offer another car to anyone who can hit it again. Additional prizes will be awarded to winners of the putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive.
Exciting auction prizes include sideline and locker room passes to the USC Trojans vs. Ohio State Buckeyes game, complete with limousine service from the game, plus a Citation jet getaway to Bandon Dunes Golf Resort , a night at the Hollywood Bowl featuring Diana Ross and the L.A. Philharmonic, Dodger tickets and so much more.
The evening program will commence with a cocktail reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. with Roy Firestone, comedian and author, as Master of Ceremonies. The committee will recognize Delle Donne for his commitment to a cure for diabetes. He is a seasoned veteran of the investment management business. Now retired, Delle Donne resides in Tarzana with his wife of 41 years, Kathy. He remains involved with several charitable organizations and has pledged his tireless support to the Diabetes Research Institute.
Top sponsors to date include Wells Fargo Foothill, Duckett-Wilson, CPA Firm of Martini, Iosue & Akpovi, The Tarnol Group, Morton Capital, and Charles Delle Donne.
Player’s spots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Dinner tickets are also available individually. For more information about the Diabetes Research Institute Golf Classic, contact the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation at 323-857-0080 or caregion@drif.org. To learn more about the cure-focused work of the DRI, visit www.diabetesresearch.org.
The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the DRI is now harnessing the power of emerging technologies to develop new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes who are looking to the world of science for answers, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure.

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Jill Painter is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles News Group, covering everything from the Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, USC, UCLA, Kings, golf and all human interest stories in sports.