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Golf Tournament Raises Funds for GaBioEd STEM Programs

Monday, November 23, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Angela King
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By JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM

Veterinary writer/editor at; ELN Newsletter Coordinator

On October 20, 2015, Georgia Bio hosted the First Annual Swings FORE STEM Golf Tournament at the Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA. Nearly 70 attendees, who represented life science and biotechnology companies throughout Georgia, braved the morning chill to play golf for a good cause. Ten volunteers and staff assisted attendees throughout the day.

At the time of registration, attendees were divided into teams of 4. The overall outing team winners were John Sharkey (Cogas Consulting), John Henson (Piedmont Oncology), Frank McDaniel (McDaniel Law Group), and Tim Murray (ViveBio, Inc).

The generous support of event sponsors, including, Kilpatrick Townsend (presenting sponsor), Arbor Pharmaceuticals (reception sponsor), Biota Pharmaceuticals (photography sponsor) and PhRMA (breakfast sponsor), generated $22,000 in sponsorship funds. Several sponsors gave in-kind donations totaling $1100: Chick-fil-a (breakfast sponsor), SCROLF (donation of service), and Golfsmith. At their time of arrival at the event, attendees were given the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and Mulligan cards, which raised an additional $230. In total, the golf tournament raised an impressive $27,000.

The funds raised for the event will benefit the Georgia BioEd Institute. The institute is “a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization committed to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education with a focus in biotechnology and medtech in Georgia through school programs, workforce training, and lifelong learning. Serving as a link between education, industry, and government, GaBioEd is working to ensure Georgia’s’ biotechnology and medtech sectors have an appropriately trained workforce to meet the growing employment needs.” For more information about GaBioEd, visit the website:

Overall, the Swings FORE STEM was a success. Georgia Bio encourages you to stay tuned and sign up for the fall 2016 tournament!

Additional tournament winners:

Putting Contest
Jim Stanton (Plant-It Strong)

Longest Drive
Women’s — Kathi Kelly (Plant-It Strong)
Men’s — Ben Chancellor (Biota Pharmaceuticals)

Closest to the Pin
Women’s — Karen Gillespie (Bristol Myers Squibb)
Men’s — Justin Bourne (TriNet)

Bobby Jones Shirt Winner
Kathi Kelly (Plant-It Strong)

Bobby Jones Book Winner
Jim Stanton (Plant-It Strong)

Bobby Jones Tour Winners
Kathi Kelly (Plant-It Strong) 
Steve Pasternak (Baxalta)
John Patton (Plant-It Strong)
Shaker Reddy (Metaclipse Therapeutics)
Alan Ryan (Novartis)


Source: Georgia Bio Newsletter.

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