& Our Mission
The mission of Golfers Against Cancer (GAC) is to is to raise money to fund cancer research.
GAC started in the summer of 1997 by members of the Deerwood Club in Kingwood, Texas. It was founded to support a Deerwood member and an assistant pro who both had been diagnosed with cancer. GAC was the idea of a Deerwood golf wife who told her husband, “If you are upset, then do something about it.” Bobby Jones talked to his golf buddies Everett Bernal, Rod Felts and the Saturday morning gang at Deerwood and together they started Golfers Against Cancer. GAC’s first fundraising golf tournament was held in 1997 and it generated $80,000. All of the expenses in 1997 were paid for by two families. Underwriting of event expenses continues as a GAC core belief, maximizing the percentage of contributions that go directly to cancer research.
To date, the cumulative total raised by GAC events nationwide continues to grow, with over $25.3 million raised (including matching funds) and donated to date. GAC has funded over 100 specific research projects at leading research institutions around the nation that are focused on finding cures for a wide range of cancers.
At the cornerstone of GAC are the Houston and Walden on Lake Conroe events. Houston culminates the year with a 3-day weekend starting with a gala dinner and auction followed by 2 days of golf for sponsors and participants. Walden on Lake Conroe conducts a golf tournament and dinner each year. Denver also sponsors a dinner and golf tournament which has grown in each of the past 11 years.
Over the years, GACs circle of supporters has grown such that additional non-golfing events were created – the Dinners for Cancer Research (DCR). DCRs have become vehicles for golfers and non-golfers alike to support friends and family with cancer and to help speed the cure. Dinners and other events have been held in Atlanta, Boston, Greensboro, Los Angeles, and New York. Events are sponsored and funded by their local founders and the proceeds remain in their communities.
Golfers Against Cancer and the Dinners for Cancer Research exist only because of our many volunteers, sponsors and participants. The overwhelming support of many, many people have made the organization and its contributions to cancer research unique among charitable efforts. We are thankful for so many friends of GAC and welcome the opportunity to highlight their contributions.
Learn more about the men who inspired Golfers Against Cancer – Mike Longpré and David Roberts.
Michael Scott Longpré
Mike was loved by many and is missed for his humor, compassion, and positive outlook on life. During his 36 years, he was able to touch the hearts of many who grew to know and love him. Mike came to Houston to play on the Rice University Golf team, and after graduating joined the staff at The Deerwood Club.
Mike and his wife, Sarah, lived in Kingwood and were active participants at Deerwood. Sarah joined the Board of Directors of Golfers Against Cancer after Mike’s passing.
Much of the inspiration of Golfers Against Cancer came from the Deerwood members who knew and wanted to support and honor Dave Roberts. Dave and his wife, Sally, had been long-time Kingwood residents and both were avid golfers. Dave was nicknamed “The Colonel” by his Saturday morning Deerwood golf gang. The Golfers Against Cancer website originally was a tribute to Dave from Interactive Ensemble – a company in Austin, Texas where Dave’s daughter Cristen was working when the first web site was launched in the spring of 1998. Many companies now donate services to maximize our ability to raise funds for research, but Interactive Ensemble was the first to do so – in honor of Cristen’s father and finding a cure for cancer.
Sally was a founder of Golfers Against Cancer and was instrumental in our efforts to research and provide funds to the most beneficial research.