Braccini Memorial Golf Tournament raises funds for Penn State Cancer Institute

September 23, 2004

The second annual Braccini Memorial Golf Tournament raised more than $10,000 for the Penn State Cancer Institute building fund at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa. The annual event honors the memory of Frank J. Braccini Sr., West Pittston resident and founder of Lehigh Construction Sales Inc. More than 75 golfers participated in the event at Sand Springs Golf Club in Drums, Pa.

Before Braccini's death in 2003 he had received treatment for cancer at Penn State Cancer Institute. Funds collected will help support plans to build a new, stand-alone cancer treatment building on the Penn State Hershey campus.

"My dad loved coming to Hershey and appreciated the care that he received from the staff at the medical center," said daughter Lisa Barletta. "We established this fund the day he passed away to honor the memory of a man who loved Penn State and Hershey."

Today, the fund nears $20,000. The tournament will continue each year. The creation of the memorial fund celebrates Braccini's interest in construction and engineering, along with the advanced care he received from Cancer Institute specialists.

Penn State Cancer Institute is a partnership of institutions dedicated to enhancing cancer services throughout central Pennsylvania. Through this partnership, the benefits of cancer research and education at Penn State's College of Medicine reach not only patients at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, but also the Institute's other members; the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown and Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

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