Houston-based energy company Halliburton has hosted the Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament for the past 22 years. Today the tournament brings together more than 500 golfers and 300 volunteers to raise funds and awareness for local and national charities. Over the past five years, it's donated more than $500,000 in support of cancer research and treatment programs at MD Anderson.
"This year we hit a new record," says Cindy Patman, senior director of Corporate Affairs & Diversity Initiatives at Halliburton. "We raised more than $3 million for more than 40 charities. It's amazing to see how generous our donors are - we were literally turning teams away in our final hours because we didn't have the space, but they proceeded to donate anyway."
MD Anderson was a beneficiary of the October 2015 tournament, receiving $50,000 in support of the institution's cancer prevention and control platform, a crucial component of the Moon Shots Program. Led by Ernest Hawk, M.D., vice president for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Joxel Garcia, M.D., executive director of the platform and Mark Moreno, vice president for Governmental Relations, the platform creates and conducts evidence-based, community-focused programs in prevention, screening, early detection and survivorship.
"Halliburton is a family-oriented company. We care about the communities where we live and work. Despite the industry downturn, it's just as important to us to continue to give as much as we can to the community and support the fight against cancer."
MD Anderson's Strike Through Cancer wall was on display at this year's tournament. Golfers had the opportunity to sign the wall and learn more about MD Anderson's latest progress in the fight against cancer.
"MD Anderson's presence out on the course is important to us," says Patman. "The fact that teams stand in line to be in this tournament is a testament to that. Those lines show how much these charities mean to them, MD Anderson included."