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9/2/09news article

Gem City Jam golf outing raises over $100,000 for Dayton Children's

thirty-six teams golf to raise money

The 2nd Annual Gem City Jam and Hoopla golf outing was held August 24 at NCR Country Club in Kettering. Thirty-six foursomes teed off to raise $100,000 for the Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center at Dayton Children's. 

The Gem City Jam and Hoopla was hosted by the TWIG auxiliary group of Dayton Children's (Terrific Women in Giving). Morris Furniture Co. and Economy Linen and Towel Service were the "Slam Dunk" presenting sponsors and MeadWestvaco was the "Nothing but Net" Hole-in-One Sponsor. In addition to the golf outing, TWIGs hosted a silent and live auction as well as a special "Carats for Kids" raffle of a David Yurman necklace donated by James Free Jewelers. 

"It was a great addition to include the TWIGs this year," remarked Bruce Feldman, President of Economy Linen and Towel Service. Guests were treated to an outstanding silent auction coordinated by the TWIG golf committee. 

The Gem City Jam and Hoopla was held in conjunction with the basketball programs at the University of Dayton and Wright State University. Bob Grant, athletic director at Wright State University, filled in for head basketball coach Brad Brownell and Jon Borovich, assistant basketball coach for the University of Dayton, stepped in for head basketball coach Brian Gregory to golf with the major sponsors. Both spoke during dinner and gave a preview of what fans can look forward to in the upcoming basketball season. 

"There's no greater cause than supporting Dayton Children's," said Bob Grant. "We are proud of our partnership with the hospital to help make sure kids in our community receive the best possible health care." 

Tom Krzmarzick, MD, medical director for Dayton Children's Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center spoke to dinner guests about the planned renovation and expansion of the emergency department. Once renovation is completed, the new Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center will feature two trauma rooms, a fast-track triage area, additional family amenities and a child-friendly environment. 

Cindy Burger, director of critical care services, shared that 59,000 kids are treated annually in the Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center and stressed the critical need to have a Level II pediatric emergency facility available in the Miami Valley. 

Photographs from the Gem City Jam and Hoopla are available at

About the Regional Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center:
The Regional Pediatric Trauma and Emergency Center at Dayton Children's provides care for approximately 59,000 sick and injured children each year. The department is staffed by specially trained pediatric emergency medicine physicians and pediatric specialists 24 hours a day. Expert pediatric care for urgent and emergent medical, surgical and traumatic conditions is provided to infants, children and young adults up to 21 years of age.

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