On June 5 and 6, golf great and commentator Andy North brought his friends and more than 600 guests together to raise money for the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center (UWCCC).
More than $900,000 was raised in the third annual Andy North & Friends Golf Classic events at Trappers Turn Golf Club and Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Packer Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, Erin Andrews of ESPN’s “College Gameday,” former Indiana Hoosiers Basketball coach Bob Knight, Milwaukee Brewer Hall of Famer Robin Yount and professional golfers Curtis Strange and Jeff Sluman were among those participating in the event to raise funds and awareness.
North, a two-time U.S. Open Champion and golf commentator for ABC and ESPN, emceed an evening of cocktails, fine dining, and live and silent auctions. “Look around this room,” North said. “Each and every one of us is affected by cancer. We are all here for one reason – to snuff out this disease once and for all.”
Auction items ranged from signed jerseys and footballs, to a Palm Beach weekend golfing with Jack Nicklaus, to an evening of baseball at Miller Park with Yount.
“I am proud to come out each year to support the UW Carbone Cancer Center,” Yount said. “All the money we raise goes towards first-class research and treatment right here in Wisconsin. I hope to continue this tradition for years to come.”
George Wilding, MD, UWCCC director, echoed the sentiments of the star athletes in attendance. “The money we raised tonight speaks to the commitment of each and every one of you to fight this disease,” he said. “With your help, we can get the word out about preventative measures like mammograms and colonoscopies, maintain our staff of first-class surgeons and train the next generation of doctors and researchers to stop cancer in its tracks.”