Annual charity golf classic raises record-breaking $400,000

For the past 16 years, Penn National Gaming and its chairman and CEO Peter Carlino have hosted an annual golf classic to raise money for The Carlino Fund for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Research. This year’s tournament, held in early August, raised a record-breaking $400,000 for the fund, which supports the work of Dr. Walter A. Koltun, division chief of colon and rectal surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Since its inception in1996, the event has raised more than $2.5 million to support inflammatory bowel disease research.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a type of colorectal disease that includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. There is no known cure for IBD, but Koltun and his team remain committed to the treatment of patients suffering from the disease and in researching new therapies for the illness. This includes the development of an IBD bio-bank that collects and stores DNA, serum and tissue from patients with the disease for research purposes and presently includes over 1,200 individuals.

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Last Updated September 27, 2012