Miami golf benefit supports diabetes research - The Packer

Miami golf benefit supports diabetes research

06/04/2013 04:27:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

click image to zoomDon Strock Diabetes Golf Classic Robert LentoskiBruce Fishbein (left), a partner with The Produce Connection Inc. in Miami, Arthur Hertz of the Miami Seaquarium and former Miami Dolphins quarterback Don Strock at the Don Strock Diabetes Golf Classic in Miami. The May 8 tournament helped push total contributions the benefit has raised to find a diabetes cure to more than $3 million. This year’s incarnation of a popular South Florida golf benefit helped raise $3 million in cumulative contributions to help fight diabetes.

Organized and sponsored by members of the U.S. produce industry, the 30th year of the Don Strock Diabetes Golf Classic attracted more than 150 golfers and Miami area celebrities.

At the May 8 tournament, officials from the Hollywood, Fla.-based Diabetes Research Institute and foundation thanked chairman Bruce Fishbein, a partner with The Produce Connection Inc., Miami, and tourney host Don Strock, a former Miami Dolphins quarterback.

Bruce FishbeinFishbein“For the past 30 years Don Strock has devoted his time and energy to making this tournament one of our most successful events each year,” Robert Pearlman, president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “Bruce Fishbein has poured his heart into this event. His hard work and perseverance have taken this event from a simple idea that came up in conversation between himself and Don Strock to the success it is today.”

Produce companies including American Fruit & Produce Corp., Opa Locka, Fla.; Capital Produce Distributors Inc., Irmo, S.C.; Global Perishables Services LLP, Miami; Lipman, Immokalee, Fla.; M & R Produce Distributors Inc., Blackwood, N.J.; Nickey Gregory Co. LLC, Atlanta; Quality First Produce Inc., Homestead, Fla.; and C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.; cosponsored the event with the Miami Seaquarium.

This year’s event raised nearly $140,000.

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