Third Annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic to Benefit Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program

The third-annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic benefiting the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program will take place Monday, March 22nd at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The previous two events raised $348,000 for "bench-to-bedside" pediatric cancer research at the Bogart labs at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast and putting contest, and golf begins at 11:00 a.m. The event includes a complimentary barbeque lunch on the ninth hole, and an evening dinner, cocktail party and silent and live auctions at the Sherwood clubhouse. Past auction highlights have included tickets to a Hannah Montana taping with a meet-and-greet; a week-long stay at any Exclusive Resorts location; guitars signed by musicians such as Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Neil Diamond, Hannah Montana, and Jimmie Vaughn; a Las Vegas trip with transportation, accommodations and Jersey Boys tickets; and Dodgers tickets behind home plate. Sponsors include City National Bank, Gilbert/Krupin, Dreamworks, True Religion, and RSMI McGladrey.

Individual tickets start at $1,500 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $10,000. They're available by calling 323/330-0519 by email at

This year's Provident Financial Management Golf Classic presents golfers with a rare opportunity to enjoy one of the world's top-rated courses. Sherwood Country Club features a 7,052-yard, par-72 champion course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Each of the 18 holes affords breathtaking views of the Santa Monica Mountains, and lush landscaping with 1,800 mature oak trees, waterfalls, jasmine and rose bushes. The course also hosts the annual PGA Tour sanctioned Chevron World Challenge Tournament.

Sherwood Country Club is located at 320 West Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. For directions, club specifics, and course information, call the club at 805/496-3036 or visit

"The previous two Provident Financial Golf Classic events were unforgettable experiences and it is a privilege to once again support the cutting edge research conducted at the Bogart labs," says Ivan Axelrod, Chief Operating Officer of Provident Financial Management. "The Sherwood Country Club is the type of course every golfer dreams about, and we are offering a rare chance to enjoy it with fellow friends and colleagues in the name of supporting a truly great cause."

The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program conducts leukemia and cancer research for infants, children, and adolescents at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Funds raised enable the foundation to receive more support for its research and care, resulting in eight to 10 dollars in research grants for every dollar raised.

About the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program

The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program's primary purpose is the financial support of the Bogart Labs at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Bogart is dedicated to continue its support for those programs and projects that are on the cutting edge of "bench-to-bedside" research. Bogart funds the diagnosis, treatment, care and cure of leukemia, cancer and AIDS by funding on a research development grant basis. This funding enables the foundation to secure more substantial support from other funding sources.

Named in memory of Neil Bogart, the late record and film executive who died of lymphoma at the age of 39, the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program was founded in 1984. Looking to celebrate his life, friends, family and colleagues linked efforts with the beginnings of a pediatric program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and Neil's widow Joyce Bogart Trabulus cited as an inspiration his love of children and resolve that one person could make a difference. Today, Bogart, which supported one small laboratory, now supports several research programs whose impact is felt across the world.

The research that goes into the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program is a result of the unique combination of the leadership, talent and ideas of the researchers and clinicians; the research funding from Bogart; the facilities, staff and patients of the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); and the Children's Oncology Group (COG).

An idea begins in the mind of a researcher and is funded by seed grants from Bogart. As the research shows promise, more traditional funding sources are available to expand the research. Because of the relationship between the labs and CHLA, research jumps at the earliest stage from the bench to bedside of a child, where it is needed most. Through the COG, medical professionals at 120 member facilities around the world have access to this research and are able to cross reference their patients and treatments with the latest protocols. For more information, visit