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Mary Blair, Links Charity Co-founder; Brad Van Riper, Co-Executive Director of LINKS Charity; Pete Conley, United Refining Company major sponsor; Mike Abbate Cummins of Jamestown major sponsor; Allen Short, (holding the flag), Co-Executive Director of LINKS; Brian Kupchella, President, Truck-Lite Company, Inc., Lead Sponsor; Dave Thomas, W.C.A. Services Corporation, Inc., Director of Finance; Alstar major sponsor.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, June 10, 2009)—Truck-Lite Company, Inc., Lead Sponsor for LINKS Charity, announced today that Cummins, Inc. (Jamestown Engine Plant), United Refining Company (Country Fair & Kwik Fill) and ALSTAR have signed on as Major Sponsors for the 18th Annual LINKS Charity LPGA Pro-Am Golf Tournament – an annual golf tournament that raises thousands of dollars annually to benefit the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program.

“Our charity is at an all time high this year thanks to all the wonderful returning sponsors, our new sponsoring companies and cooperation and support from our generous businesses and community patrons,” said Brian Kupchella, Truck-Lite, Inc., President and COO, and lead sponsor for the 2009 charity.  “Together, we will continue our efforts to fund cutting edge cancer care locally and make a positive difference in the lives of many area patients diagnosed with cancer.”

This year’s event will be held at Moon Brook Country Club on Monday, August 3rd at 7:30 a.m.  A catered banquet and silent auction will follow the Monday tournament at 6:00 p.m.  The banquet is open to the public; patrons do not have to golf to attend the evening event.  A LINKing Together Golf Clinic & Scramble with LPGA pros will headline golf activities on Tuesday, August 4th.


Player spots and sponsorship opportunities are still available. To register, donate or sponsor LINKS Charity, please contact Barbara Brown at (716) 661-1421 or 1-800-851-2812.  Registration forms can also be downloaded on-line at

A major sponsor can be an individual, corporation, or anywhere in between.  All major sponsors receive golf for four with an LPGA pro at Monday’s tournament that includes green fees, cart, breakfast and lunch for four, award presentation, and photo with an LPGA pro. Additionally, major sponsors receive golf for four with an LPGA pro golf clinic and scramble on Tuesday.  A full-page advertisement in program booklet, press releases and public radio and local TV announcements are included with major sponsor package.

“ALSTAR is proud to be a new major sponsor and team up with LINKS,” said Dave Thomas, W.C.A. Services Corporation Director of Finance.  “As a major sponsor, we can play an important role in leading the community fight against cancer, right here at home.”

Proceeds from LINKS Charity has totaled over a half million dollars with the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program as its beneficiary.  This year’s proceeds will fund a 3-year pledge of $250,000 toward the purchase of a new full field digital mammography imaging system at WCA.

LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mrs. Mary Blair and Mrs. Sondra Anderson.  Their commitment and passion along with benevolent volunteers has realized hundreds of thousands of net proceeds that have benefited the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program.  In 2006, Brian Kupchella, President of Truck-Lite Company, Inc., located in Falconer, New York, agreed to be the lead sponsor for LINKS Charity.  He recognized the need to help the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program as it serves the people in Jamestown and surrounding Chautauqua County area. 

“This charity is a fun-filled event with a purpose,” said Bradley VanRiper, Truck-Lite Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and Co-Executive Director of LINKS Charity.  “We are pleased and proud to be a part of an event that brings together so many charitable individuals in support of such a worth-while cause."

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