The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic to Raise Funds and Awareness About Prostate Cancer

(Hartford, Conn. August 6, 2014) – Nearly 100 golfers from across New England will come together for the 5th Annual Celebrity Golf Classic to benefit the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  

The tournament will be held on August 7, at Tunxis Plantation in Farmington. Shotgun start is at 8:45 a.m., with lunch and the award ceremony at 1:30 p.m. 

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, a retired neurosurgeon and New York Times best-selling author, will serve as Honorary Chairman. He is assisted by Co-Chairs, Alan Lazowski, owner of LAZ Parking, and Eric Zachs and The Eric and Jessica Zachs Family Foundation. 

“We graciously thank our sponsors for joining us in a most worthy cause to fight prostate cancer,” said Curtis D. Robinson, charter funder of the Men’s Health Institute. “Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in men, and African-American men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disease. We must continue to do all that we can to educate, inform and, most importantly, find a cure. 

“We are very grateful to our supporters who have helped us raise over $400,000 towards programs and outreach at the Men’s Health Institute,” stated Robinson, businessman, philanthropist, prostate cancer survivor and a Saint Francis board member. 

Lead sponsors of the tournament include: LAZ Parking, The Eric and Jessica Zachs Family Foundation, American Adjustment Bureau, Collins Medical, Hartford Steam Boiler and Oracle.  

Celebrities participating in the tournament include: actor Clifton Davis; sports broadcaster Joe D’Ambrosio; University of Hartford Athletic Director, Anton Goff; and Scott Burrell, Assistant Basketball Coach at Quinnipiac University.  

The Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute was founded in 2010. Its mission is to address the racial disparities in men’s health, particularly in the areas of patient education, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of African-American men at risk for prostate cancer.   

Working with community organizations, the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute reaches out to the African-American, Latino/Hispanic and other underserved community members by hosting educational programs and screenings at churches, mosques and other faith-based institutions to inform men and their families of the risk of prostate cancer. 

“Saint Francis has recognized that it is vital to go into the communities where our patients live and provide health services that can change their lives,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Francis. 

Since its inception, the Men’s Health Institute has reached more than 4,600 men and their families, and approximately 1,200 have received PSA and DRE tests which have helped save the lives of more than 30 men from prostate cancer.  

In 2011, the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute, Saint Francis and Tuskegee University entered into a first-of-its-kind formal partnership to find a cure for prostate cancer.  

“We have identified a unique gene signature in African-Americans,” said Dr. Clayton Yates, Associate Professor of Biology for the Center of Cancer Research at Tuskegee University. “The plans now are to utilize this signature, particularly in African-Americans, to determine which tumors need to be treated and to develop better treatment.” 

All tax-deductible donations will go to help provide medical treatment for men diagnosed with prostate cancer who are uninsured or underinsured, as funds are available. Financial contributions to the tournament and the Institute can be made by going online to  

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit