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LINKS Charity Committee Prepares for Pro-Am & Community Auction/Banquet

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LINKS Charity Committee prepares for LINKS Charity Golf Tournament and LINKing Together Banquet and Auction, left to right, Dave W. Ankeny Bilicki Law Firm Major Sponsor committee member; Bradley Van Riper, Truck-Lite Sr. Vice President and CTO and LINKS Charity Executive Director; Jacqueline Stewart, ALSTAR EMS LINKing Together Banquet & Auction committee member; Megan D’Angelo, WCA Hospital Development Of Devleopment; Shelly Salva, Truck-Lite Company LINKS Chairty & LINKing Together Banquet Banquet & Auction committee chair; Dave Thomas Major Sponsor ALSTAR EMS; Kelly Fiorella, LINKing Together Banquet & Auction Chair; Sherry Hutley, LINKing Together Banquet & Auction committee chair.

Jamestown, New York (Wednesday, June 17, 2015)—LINKS Charity has once again taken a leadership role in the local fight against cancer.  On Monday, July 27th the 24th Annual LINKS Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament committee members alongside lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and ALSTAR EMS, along with associate sponsors, Northwest Insurance Services and Jamestown Savings Bank, will host the LINKS Charity Pro-Am and Annual LINKing Together Banquet & Auction at Moon Brook Country Club, Jamestown. 

This year’s event will mark the Charity’s 24th anniversary with total proceeds of $1,184,000 toward enhancing local cancer care efforts.

The Links Charity Pro-AM will again involve members of the LPGA teaming up with four amateurs to form 4-person golfing teams.  They will tee off with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on July 27.  Tuesday’s, July 28,  LINKS Charity Golf Clinic & Scramble outing takes golf to a whole new level, appealing to novice and expert golfers.  Tuesday’s game is a wonderful opportunity for networking, building relationships, and picking up valuable instruction and golf tips from the LPGA pros.  A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.  Interested golfers are encouraged and invited to register by visiting the charity’s website at

The banquet and auction will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on July 27.  Items will be available for preview and silent auction bidding starting at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets to the banquet and auction event are $50 per person and available at the door or by calling Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423.  Cost includes entrance to silent auction, dinner reception, and program. 

One of the area’s leading auctioneers, Charles Ludwig, will host the “live” portion of the auction.  HOT TICKET auction items include 4 NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) tickets, 2 Buffalo Bills vs. Houston Texans 1:00 pm EST game tickets with $50 gift certificate to 716 FOOD AND SPORT Restaurant in Buffalo, 4 Buffalo Sabres tickets with Lexus passes and parking passes, 2 Cummins Generators, a private tour compliments of Courtyard Winery, Lakewood Rod & Gun club one year membership, a one night stay at the Jamestown Hampton Inn & Suites Comfort Inn, 4 ride passes on the Chautauqua Belle/Chautauqua Steam Lines, gift certificate to Johnson Estate Winery, a private tour and wine to Liberty Vineyards, 4 admission tickets to Port Farms in Waterford, PA, a boat rental from Smith Boys Marine, gift basket and $300 gift certificate to Skin Sensations by Paula, and much, much more!  Donations are still needed and community individuals, businesses and agencies/organizations interested in donating to local cancer, may drop off donated items to Megan D’Angelo at WCA Hospital or call Megan at (716) 664-8423 for pick up.

“Place your bid and help support local cancer care,” said Kelly Fiorella, LINKS Auction Chair. “There is something for everyone that will not only delight the lucky individuals who win, but also help us raise funds to support the WCA Cancer Care Program.  For winners of the auction items, it’s a two-fold gift!”

Spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors, Veracity Benefits and Jamestown Savings Bank, LINKS Charity also announced that it is once again taking a leadership role in the local fight against breast cancer by making a new four-year, $400,000 pledge toward the purchase of the Discovery 630 System. This cutting-edge nuclear medical technology-which boasts lower radiation, better image resolution, and shorter exam times-will aid in an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. The Discovery 630 system will compliment the Digital Mammography which is now operational in the Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA. In total, LINKS Charity has now raised $1,184,000 toward enhancing local cancer care efforts.

“We believe that the Discovery 630 System will work in conjunction with the new Digital Mammography suite at WCA, by boasting lower radiation, increasing image resolution and aiding in earlier and more accurate diagnosis. ” says Brad Van Riper, Senior Vice President for Truck-Lite and Executive Director for LINKS Charity. “The $400,000 pledge is an aggressive goal, but we are confident that the community will support this effort to more effectively diagnose breast cancer.”

About LINKS Charity
LINKS Charity, established in 1991, was co-founded by Mary Blair and Sondra Anderson. Their commitment and passion along with many benevolent volunteers, including Allen Short, Executive Director for the first nineteen years, has been remarkable. LINKS Charity continues in its mission to link the community, business, and industry together to enhance local cancer care at WCA Hospital. LINKS Charity is spearheaded by lead sponsor Truck-Lite and major sponsors Cummins, United Refining Company, The Bilicki Law Firm and Alstar EMS, along with associate sponsors, Veracity Benefits and Jamestown Savings Bank.

About WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program
WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, the only program in the region recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals under the medical direction of a board-certified radiation oncologist.  The program provides a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to support LINKS Charity/Discovery 630, please contact Megan D’Angelo, WCA Director of Development, at (716) 664-8423 or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Office of Development, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, New York 14702-0840.

To learn more about LINKS Charity, visit their website at

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