Contact: Megan Barone, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Director of Development

Italian American Charity Golf Association Continues Commitment to Local Cancer Care at UPMC Chautauqua WCA


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Joe Paterniti, chair of the Italian American Charity Golf Association present a check in the amount of $50,000 to Betsy T. Wright, President, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, representing the proceeds from the Italian American’s 2016 fundraising activities and the second installment of a three-year, $150,000 pledge to enhance local cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua WCA through the purchase of the Carestream DRX-Ascend.

JAMESTOWN, NY (Tuesday, May 9, 2017)—The Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Association is pleased to have completed the 2nd installment of their three-year, $150,000 pledge to UPMC Chautauqua WCA with a $50,000 check, proceeds from their 2016 golf tournament and other fundraising activities.

This was the second installment of the IA’s three-year, $150,000 pledge to enhance local cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua WCA through the purchase of the Carestream DRX-Ascend System. The donation could not have been made possible without the dedicated efforts of the Italian American Charity Golf Associations committee members.

"The Italian American Charity Golf Association will continue to commit their fund-raising efforts to support local cancer care in our community,” stated Joe Paterniti, chair, Italian American Charity Golf Association. “As early detection becomes a vital aspect in the treatment process, we believe that earmarking our funding will allow those afflicted with a greater chance of quality of life. Our community greatly benefits because of the generous support of local businesses, individuals, and volunteers for their continued support of this cause. A huge thank you to all who continue their support of these efforts,” continued Joe. “It is with great excitement that we look forward to fulfilling the remainder of the three year pledge with the culmination of the 47th annual golf tournament at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY.  Since 1971, the associated funds have raised in excess of $1.3 M toward cancer treatment, diagnosis, diagnostics and care.”

The Carestream DRX-Ascend system allows physicians to review x-ray imaging exams in less than six seconds, which can lead to an immediate diagnosis and swift treatment decisions. “Carestream’s DRX system enables us to dramatically improve operational efficiencies while concurrently reducing dose by up to 60% for patients we serve,” stated Tammara LC Hodges, director of imaging at UPMC Chautauqua WCA.  “Since the DRX system can upgrade existing portable and room-based imaging systems, we can provide the community with innovative technology that helps enhance patient care.”

“On behalf of UPMC Chautauqua WCA and those affected by cancer that we are so privileged to serve, I want to thank the IA for their unwavering dedication,” said Betsy T. Wright, president, UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “This technology will enhance our cancer program and truly benefits our patients.”

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 descent and the partner was of another nationality. Charitable gifts to the IA are accepted on-line through PayPal at, or can be mailed to: Italian American, PO Box 352, Jamestown, NY 14702-0352.


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