DALLAS, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beryl Companies will host the 5th Annual Barry Spiegelman Memorial Golf Classic October 1, 2012 at Timarron Country Club in Southlake, Texas. The tournament will celebrate the life of Beryl co-founder Barry Spiegelman and support brain cancer research at UCLA's Neuro-Oncology program, Art of the Brain. Spiegelman lost his battle with brain cancer in 2005.
Spiegelman co-founded The Beryl Companies, a patient experience services company dedicated to improving relationships between healthcare providers and consumers, with his two brothers, Mark and Paul in 1985. Barry was diagnosed with an astrocytoma, a type of brain tumor, in 1986, and was a patient in UCLA's Neuro-Oncology program, which founded the Art of the Brain.
Paul Spiegelman, chief executive officer of The Beryl Companies, and his employees still honor Barry within the organization through many of Barry's founding philosophies and programs. Paul is also the founder of the Barry Spiegelman Memorial Golf Classic and Fundraiser. Since the golf tournament began in 2008, The Beryl Companies have raised and donated $50,000 in Barry's name to support brain cancer research through Art of the Brain.
"Each year, we continue to see an increase in participation and support for such a great cause, not only to our family, but to an entire community who is affected by brain cancer," said Paul Spiegelman, CEO of The Beryl Companies. "With this year marking the 5th annual tournament, I'm truly humbled by the compassion I see from the people who participate. It's a very fun, exciting day where we celebrate and honor Barry while helping find a cure for this often-fatal disease."
Tournament fees of $200 per person include course fees, lunch, contest awards and a ticket to the reception and fundraiser event that features dinner, a silent auction and fabulous prizes. Tickets to the reception and fundraiser can be purchased separately for $125 each. Sponsorship opportunities are also available beginning at $500. To register, sponsor or learn more about Barry or donation opportunities, visit the official golf tournament website at www.barryspiegelmanmemorial.com, or call Melissa Brooks at 817-785-5263.
All contributions to the Barry Spiegelman Memorial Golf Tournament Fund will be received, receipted and under the control of Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Beryl Companies will provide grant recommendations to CFT to benefit UCLA's neuro‐oncology program Art of the Brain.
About The Beryl Companies
The Beryl Companies is comprised of four businesses: two that focus on improving the patient experience in a variety of health care settings and two that focus on improving workplace culture and values-based business productivity. The Beryl Companies sees these activities and concepts as intrinsically linked. The Beryl Companies' foundational business, BerylHealth, is a technology-focused patient experience services company dedicated to improving relationships between healthcare providers and consumers. Founded in 2006, The Beryl Institute is a research and educational entity that publishes information about improving the patient experience and how that activity links to better financial outcomes for healthcare providers. Founded in 2009, The Circle is a training company that helps other businesses enhance employee engagement and develop more positive workplace cultures. The last firm, The Small Giants Community, is a global organization that brings together leaders who are focused on values-based business principles.
About Art of the Brain
Art of the Brain is a patient-driven organization, celebrating art for those who have confronted brain cancer, either through their own experience or through a family member or friend. A nonprofit organization, the mission of Art of the Brain is to raise money for brain cancer research, raise public awareness, and spotlight the talent, strength and courage of brain cancer patients. Art of the Brain was founded by Judi Kaufman, an international community activist and a brain cancer survivor, and Dr. Timothy Cloughesy, director of the UCLA Neuro-Oncology Program. Money raised through Art of the Brain has helped Dr. Cloughesy develop one of the premier research laboratories in the world, where he partners with neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroscientists and cancer researchers to eradicate this often-fatal disease.