Fourth Annual Sly Smith Memorial Golf Tournament to Benefit JDRF March 7

February 2, 2010 by  

The Fourth Annual Sly Smith Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Palm Valley Golf Course and will donate its proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Reservations are now being accepted by calling the JDRF office at 732-4795 or by e-mailing Reservations in advance will qualify each golfer for a discounted rate of $100.00 ($400 per foursome) over the $125.00 which will be charged the day of the event.

The tournament will be a shotgun start at 12 noon at Palm Valley Golf Course followed by an awards banquet at the hall next door to the course. As is the tradition, the tournament not only raises funds for a worthy cause, but is fun for golfers at all levels of experience. Awards will be given for: closest-to-the-pin, longest drive, best score-individual and worst score-individual. Raffle prizes will also be awarded to lucky participants.

Any businesses or individuals who would like to donate raffle prizes or are interested in sponsorship may get more information by calling the JDRF Office at 732-4795 or emailing Mary Grego-Smith at:

The tournament was started by Joe Roach, to honor his friend, Lt. Ernest “Sly” Smith, who succumbed to cancer after working for 26 years as an investigator for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Roach established the “Sly Smith Memorial Golf Tournament” with the help of Lt. Smith’s widow, Mary Grego-Smith, as a non-profit with its goal to donate to diabetes research. Last year Joe Roach passed away and his family has taken up the challenge along with Ms. Grego-Smith to continue the tournament.

JDRF is the leader in research into a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke and amputation.

JDRF was founded in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Last year, it funded more than $100 million in diabetes research, in more than 20 countries. For more information, go to or contact the local office at 702-732-4795.

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