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Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute benefits from international Motor City Open squash tournament

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has once again benefited from the Motor City Open World Tour event. This year’s event recently took place at the Birmingham Athletic Club. Karmanos has been an ongoing sponsor of this event and benefited from proceeds from the silent and live auctions.

Since 2009, the event has contributed close to $60,000.00 to Karmanos in unrestricted funding. This includes this year’s generous contribution of $20,000.00

Jordan Maier, M.D., medical director of Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center and Nick Karmanos, senior vice president of Institutional Relations at Karmanos, attended the event. Dr. Maier spoke before the live auction, during which event attendees could place a bid to attend a luncheon and tour of the Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center.

Squash is a high-speed racquet sport where two opponents play on a court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The event, now in its fifteenth year, is a six-day premier Professional Squash Association (PSA) tournament that attracts the world’s top touring professional quash players from more than 15 countries, including North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. This year, Egypt’s Amr Shabana beat out fellow Egyptian Karim Darwish.

The Motor City Open was founded in 1999 and is one of the top international tour events for the PSA and is one of the top three PSA tournaments in the United States. It is attended by hundreds of people from the greater southeastern Michigan and southern Ontario, Canada business communities.

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