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28th annual Drive Out Breast Cancer golf tournament raises $125,000 for local breast cancer research

On May 15, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) held its 28th Drive-Out Breast Cancer Golf Tournament at Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills. Over 100 players hit the greens while raising over $125,000 to fuel innovative breast cancer research across the state.

The Drive Out Breast Cancer golf tournament is the event that started it all for the BCRFA. In 1996, Bruce Sokol and Dolly O’Neal joined forces with the goal of raising money for breast cancer research. They organized the inaugural tournament which netted $68,000 and led to the founding of the BCRFA. Since then, the tournament has raised over $3 million and the BCRFA has invested nearly $14 million in the most innovative breast cancer research happening in Alabama.

“Thanks to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, Renasant, Tameron Automotive, and all our amazing event sponsors and golfers for making this year’s tournament one of our most successful,” said Beth Davis, BCRFA President & CEO. “Breast cancer research is advancing at an incredible speed, only limited by the amount of funding available. The BCRFA is proud to accelerate this progress right here in Alabama and we are so grateful for the community’s support of our mission through events like Drive Out Breast Cancer.”

2023 Drive Out Breast Cancer sponsors included Presenting Sponsors: O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, Renasant Bank, and Tameron Honda & Hyundai; Platinum Sponsors: Cathy and David Busby, Dentons Sirote, and Mary Chollet & Camper O’Neal; Community Partners: Alabama Power Foundation, BCBS – The Caring Foundation, and Thrivent; Player Gift/Award Sponsors: The Welden Family, Protective, and Kirkpatrick Concrete; Media Sponsors: iHeartMedia, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Spectrum Reach, and WBRC FOX6;Lunch Sponsor: Milo’s Tea Company; Reception Sponsor: SoulGrown; Beverage Sponsors: AlaBev, Cahaba Brewing Company, Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and Milo’s Tea Company; Gold Sponsors: Shane Hill, Magna KAMTEK, Phil Passafiume, Stewart Lubricants & Service Co., and The Thompson Family Foundation; Silver Sponsors: Alabama Power Company, Alabaster Aesthetic Dentistry, Altec, Inc., AMAC Builders, Kirkpatrick Concrete, SoulGrown, and Russo Corporation; Bronze Sponsors: BCBS – The Caring Foundation; Brent and Jill Carter; Classic Traditions, Kate Kiefer, Carol Sue Mitchell, Carol Myers, Bob Nabors, David Romanoff, Bruce Sokol, Thompson Tractor, Marshall Urist, Marion Walker, and Workplay.

For details on all of BCRFA’s upcoming events, click here.

To see more photos from this year’s tournament, click here.

About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama
Founded in 1996, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find a cure for breast cancer by funding promising breast cancer research in Alabama and raising community awareness and funding for that research. BCRFA funds promote a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer by fueling collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent, and eradicate the disease. Thanks to generous community support, BCRFA’s lifetime investment in life-saving research is nearly $14 million. All funding stays in Alabama, but the impact is worldwide. Learn more about our mission and breakthroughs at

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