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23rd Annual Jean & Joan Tournament raises over $27K for Beebe

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Left to right: Ruth Lauver, Judy Wetzel, Kay Young, Diane Brooks, Cherrie Rich, Jim Martin, Maurice Winkfield, Sue McCauley, David Mann, Bonnie Mann, Amy Keller, Stephanie Adams. | PHOTO COURTESY OF BEEBE

LEWES The Jean & Joan Golf Tournament committee presented the Beebe Medical Foundation with a donation of $27,791 for Beebe Healthcare’s Cancer Patient Special Needs Fund from the proceeds of the 23rd Annual Jean & Joan Tournament.

The annual tournament featured a pickleball tournament on Sunday and a golf tournament on Monday at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth Beach. The Fund was founded in 1999 in memory of local cancer victims Jean James and Joan Martin, and the charity tournament has been played at Kings Creek Country Club every year.

“We are grateful to Cherrie Rich, event chair, and her committee for continuing the Jean & Joan legacy. Participants enjoyed a well-executed, two-day tournament at King’s Creek, raising funds for Beebe’s Oncology Services. The Jean & Joan Fund continues the tradition of loyal support and dedication in raising funds for our local not-for-profit healthcare system,” Amy Keller, event coordinator, Beebe Medical Foundation, said in a statement.

Since its founding in 1999, the annual tournament has enabled the Jean & Joan Cancer Fund to donate over $668,000 from tournament proceeds to support cancer care through Beebe Healthcare’s Oncology Services.

In previous years, in addition to patient transport vans, the Jean & Joan Cancer Fund donated a 3D Mammography Machine to support early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer; infusion recliners;  new computer Workstations on Wheels that allow nurses to remain at a patient’s bedside for patient care and charting; funds to help create a special “Patient Special Needs” fund; funds for construction of a scenic wall in the Tunnell Healing Garden; and funds to establish a library and center for fitting cosmetic and prosthetic devices for recovering cancer patients.

“We are grateful to Cherrie, the committee, and our many loyal sponsors, who have made this event so successful each year. The Jean & Joan Fund continues to change and save lives by helping our patients and their families navigate their journey with a cancer diagnosis,” Kay Young, executive director of Development, Beebe Medical Foundation, said.

The 24th Annual Jean & Joan Tournament will be held Monday, September 11, 2023, at Kings Creek Country Club.

“We are so grateful to all the sponsors, pickleball players and golfers that supported our tournament event this year! I’m thankful for all the committee members and Kings Creek staff who put on a wonderful tournament. A fun and successful time was had by all!” Cherrie Rich, Jean & Joan Tournament Chair, said.

To learn more about ways to support and give to Beebe Healthcare and Oncology Services, or to have your event directly benefit Oncology Services, please contact Beebe Medical Foundation at 302-644-2900 or online at www.beebemedicalfoundation.org.

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