Karmanos Benefits Again in 2012 from Motor City Open Squash Tournament
Thursday, February 16, 2012
|photo courtesy of Birmingham Athletic Club
The 2012 Motor City Open, presented by The Suburban Collection last month, was the fourth year the squash tournament served as a generous fundraiser for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The Motor City Open, a World Tour Event of the Professional Squash Association, was held at the Birmingham Athletic Club, in Bloomfield Hills, on January 25-30.
“We are extremely pleased to benefit once again from this outstanding event,” said Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. “The generosity shown at the Motor City Open will support cancer research that will lead to better treatments for our patients. Events such as this play a critical role in furthering scientific research at the Karmanos Cancer Institute.”
The Karmanos Cancer Institute benefitted from a silent auction and a live auction held in conjunction with the Open. This was the 13th Motor City Open, and the fourth year that the Karmanos received money from the event’s silent auction. Although final results are not yet known, donations over the four years have grown steadily and have surpassed $26,000, with $11,895 being raised for Karmanos in 2011.
Before the live auction, Wei-Zen Wei, Ph.D., associate center director of basic science for the Karmanos Cancer Institute, spoke to guests and thanked them for their support of the Institute. The Motor City Open Committee toured the Institute last spring and learned more about Dr. Wei’s lab and cancer research studies during their visit
The World Professional Squash Association designated the 2012 Motor City Open an International 50 Tournament, making it one of the most important tour stops in North America.