The Michael A. Ruddo Foundation recently presented Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center with a check for $10,000 from the proceeds of the 11th Annual Miachael A. Ruddo Golf Invitational held May 10. The annual tournament is held at the Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, Md., the Friday before Mother’s Day.
The foundation was established in memory of Michael Ruddo, who received cancer treatment at Tunnell Cancer Center. The mission of the Ruddo Foundation is to raise funds for the center in response to the excellent and compassionate care Ruddo and his family received while he was a patient. Since its inception, the Ruddo Foundation has donated more than $100,000 in an endowment fund established in Ruddo’s name.
“Each year, friends and family come together. It is wonderful to see the many hugs, hear the laughter and feel the love in the room. We are so grateful for the loyal, inspiring support for Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center from the Ruddo family,” said Judy Aliquo, CFRE, Beebe Medical Foundation president and CEO.
This year, Beebe’s golf team included Rick Schaffner, RN, interim CEO, executive vice president and COO; Paul Pernice, chief financial officer; Bruce Leshine, general counsel; and Justen Albright, Beebe Medical Foundation financial analyst.
The endowment allows the clinical team at the Tunnell Cancer Center to continue to provide the same level of care and compassion they gave Ruddo during his treatment and will provide income in perpetuity to meet the continuing needs of future patients. Every year, Mike’s wife Mabel, and her children and grandchildren participate in playing and helping at the event.
In summer 2020, Beebe will open a new cancer center in the south coastal area near Millville to provide care close to home for those patients. A new freestanding emergency department will also be in the same location.