Kaulbach Memorial tournament teeing off

The 32nd annual Coca-Cola Kaulbach Memorial Golf Classic will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support patient care and support services at Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute.

For information, call the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation at 203-384-3522 or visit foundation.bridgeporthospital.org.

Already one of the longest-running charity golf tournaments in Connecticut, the Coca-Cola Kaulbach Classic is the legacy of its founder, Ernie Kaulbach, an avid golfer, businessman and philanthropist, who died of cancer in 1996.

Since 2000, the Classic has raised $900,000 to support cancer services at Bridgeport Hospital.

The Classic begins with registration and a gourmet brunch at 9:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11:15 p.m.

Cocktail hour begins at 4:30 p.m., with dinner and an awards ceremony immediately following. The ceremony will include a raffle and a live auction.

Play is limited to 112 golfers. The $400 entry fee ($155 of which is tax deductible) includes all meals, cocktails, greens fees, golf cart, full locker facilities, par three prizes for amateurs and special commemorative gifts.

The Coca-Cola Kaulbach Golf Committee is chaired by Ed Santa of Shelton.

Joining him on the committee are Christina Bodine of Fairfield; Ted D’Eramo and Mike Marcinek of Seymour; former Fairfield resident Austin Felis, who now resides in Manchester, VT; Ken Gurin of Shelton; Dave Galla, Joe Haley and Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute Co-Medical Director Scott Thornton, MD, all of Trumbull; and Brad Worthington of Easton.

Also on the committee are Paul Fitzgerald and Tom Polzella, representing title sponsor Coca-Cola Refreshments.

The Norma F. Pfriem Cancer Institute at Bridgeport Hospital provides care to over 1,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year, more than any other hospital in Fairfield County.

The hospital is a member of the Yale-New Haven Cancer Network, an alliance of hospitals across Connecticut that provides access to the latest breakthroughs and delivers an unparalleled level of expertise in cancer, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Institute continues to expand its services for patients at Bridgeport Hospital and in the community.

During the past year, construction began on a new radiation oncology center in Trumbull.

When completed in the fall of 2012, the new facility will combine with existing services at the same site to form a comprehensive outpatient satellite cancer center.