Italian American Charity Golf Association Continues Commitment to Local Cancer Care at UPMC Chautauqua

The Italian American (IA) Charity Golf Association is pleased to have completed the 1st installment of their three-year, $75,000 pledge to UPMC Chautauqua with a $25,000 check, proceeds from their 2021 golf tournament and other fundraising activities. This was the first installment of the IA’s three-year pledge to enhance local cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua through the purchase of a Genius 3D AI Detection and the Biodex Thyroid Uptake System.

The donation could not have been made possible without the dedicated efforts of the Italian American Charity Golf Associations committee members.

“The Italian American Charity Golf Association will continue to commit their fund-raising efforts to support local Cancer care within our community,” stated Dave Munella, chair of The Italian American Charity Golf Association. “As early detection becomes a vital aspect in the treatment process, we believe that earmarking our funding will allow those afflicted with a greater chance of quality of life. Our community greatly benefits because of the generous support of local businesses, individuals, and volunteers for their continued support of this cause. A huge thank you to all who continue their support of these efforts,” continued Dave. “The Italian American Charity Golf Association is extremely honored to once again partner with UPMC Chautauqua for our donation.  The response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive since the inception of this relationship.  We are excited about our continued future commitments to UPMC as we prepare for our 51st annual tournament at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, NY June 9th-11th.   Since 1971, the associated funds have raised more than $1.4 M toward cancer treatment, diagnosis, diagnostics, and care.”

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IA Check Presentation: Dave Munella, chair of the Italian American Charity Golf Association and Joe Paterniti, IA committee member present a check in the amount of $25,000 to Cecil Miller, UPMC Chautauqua VP of Operations and Dr. Rohit Gosain, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center oncologist representing the proceeds from the Italian American’s 2021 fundraising activities.

The new technology represents a pivotal milestone in the early detection of breast cancer, as studies showed Genius AI Detection software aids in the identification and early detection of breast cancer when used with the Genius 3D Mammography exam. The Biodex Thyroid Uptake System allows the radiologist to determine the function of the thyroid.   The scan is used to determine if a patient has thyroid cancer, persistent or recurrent disease, hyperthyroidism and thyroid nodule or goiter assessment.

“We are very honored the IA has chosen UPMC Chautauqua once again in the effort to assist with local cancer care. We are a community minded hospital, and the proceeds towards this equipment will be able to deliver the high-quality care our patients deserve,” stated Dr. Rohit Gosain, Oncologist at UPMC Hillman Chautauqua.

The Italian American Charity Golf Association event was the brainstorm of a small group of community-minded men who wanted to raise money for a local charity. Their dream was to create a golf tournament where one member of each two-man team was of Italian descent and the partner was of another nationality. Charitable gifts to the IA are accepted on-line through PayPal at, or can be mailed to: Italian American, PO Box 352, Jamestown, NY 14702-0352.

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