MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) hosted its fifth annual DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament presented by Moss Construction at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa’s two 18-hole championship courses on Friday, Feb. 14. The tournament offered cancer fighters a chance to golf and interact with Miami Dolphins executives, players, alumni, T.D. and other celebrity guests. Funds raised from the golf tournament benefited Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of UHealth — the University of Miami Health System. The event this year is in advance of DCC 10’s signature event slated for Saturday, Feb. 29.
“The DCC Golf Tournament has grown to become a fundamental part of our year-round effort to raise awareness and fundraise for cancer research at Sylvester,” Miami Dolphins Foundation Executive Director Jesse Marks said. “We appreciate Jeff Soffer and Jeff Klein at JW Marriott Turnberry Isle and Moss Construction for their generosity in hosting this event as well as all the participants that came out to take part in this tournament. Due to their continuous support, we are able to progress this initiative with 100% of participant raised funds going directly to Sylvester.”
Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores greeted the golfers before they teed off for a round of scramble-golf on the world-famous Soffer and Miller Courses. Golfers then enjoyed the post-event 19th hole Celebration presented by BBVA Compass.
Former and current pro athletes participated in the event including Miami Dolphins Matt Haack, Trent Harris, John Jenkins and Jake Rudock in addition to Dolphins alumni Woody Bennett, Bob Brudzinski, Vernon Carey, Troy Drayton, Lorenzo Hampton, Terry Kirby, Dan Marino, Nat Moore and John Offerdahl as well as former NFL athletes Ki-Jana Carter, John Harris and Darryl Williams.
During the 2019 season, the Miami Dolphins Foundation announced a two-year partnership renewal with the V Foundation for Cancer Research under the umbrella of the NFL’s Blitz Cancer program for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. To kick off the tournament, The V Foundation announced it would award the first of two new Early Career Investigator Grants in the upcoming weeks in the amount of $200,000 to a young, tenure-track faculty early in their cancer research career at Sylvester, supporting either laboratory-based fundamental or translational research.
“The tremendous collaboration between the Dolphins and the V Foundation enables us to support the critical work of an early career investigator,” V Foundation Senior Vice President of Communications at Public Affairs at the V Foundation Sherrie Mazur said. “We focus on emerging opportunities while keeping momentum toward outcomes. Teamwork, such as this, allows us to work toward Victory Over Cancer®.”
These initiatives align with the Miami Dolphins Foundation’s commitment to leveraging the power of sports and entertainment to inspire a healthier, more educated and united South Florida community.
2020 DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament Winners
Scramble (Miller Course) – Ryan Labell, Frank Losito, Dave Mack and Wes Serrato
Scramble (Soffer Course) – Rodney Barreto, Andy Mitchell, Nat Moore, Bob Moss
Closest to the Pin (Miller) – Joe Orfely
Closest to the Pin (Soffer) – Jose Gonzalez
Women’s Longest Drive (Miller Course) – Deb McCarthy
Women’s Longest Drive (Soffer Course) – Hili Scheck
Men’s Longest Drive (Miller Course) – Steven Scheck
Men’s Longest Drive (Soffer Course) – Jake Rudock
About Dolphins Cancer Challenge
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) was founded in 2010 by the Miami Dolphins organization as the signature initiative of the Foundation’s health impact area and has become the largest fundraising event in the NFL. The DCC’s mission is to improve people’s lives through financial support for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, South Florida’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center. Sylvester is now among the top cancer centers in the United States and joins a highly select group as one of only two NCI-designated cancer centers in the state of Florida and one of just 71 across the nation. Since its inception, the DCC has raised more than $32.5 million, donating 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester. For additional information visit www.DolphinsCancerChallenge.com.