May 18 2010

Charleston Breast Center Golf Classic: A Tribute to Pete Radding

LPGA champion Val Skinner will be participating in the July 7 tournament

LPGA champion Val Skinner will be participating in the June 7 tournament

Provided by Olivia French

The Charleston Breast Center will hold its inaugural golf tournament on Monday, June 7, at Cassique on Kiawah Island. The tournament is a tribute to the late Pete Radding who died in a plane crash on October 21, 2009, in Summerville.

Pete Radding was a remarkable man who is greatly missed. His career with Corning Corp. as an executive helped to forge Corning’s vision in telecommunications and fiber optics. His hobbies included working as a HAM radio operator for numerous emergency response disasters. He also enjoyed aviation, and flew missions for Angel Flights to transport critically ill patients in need of specialized medical care.

Pete received the Golden Knight Award from Clarkson University’s Alumni Association for career achievement and community service. He also won the Angel Flight Pilot of the Year award for his volunteer efforts, but Pete’s legacy to the Charleston area is the many lives saved through the Charleston Breast Center (CBC). Pete played an instrumental role in the strategic planning and launch of the CBC. It was Pete’s vision to establish the CBC as a non-profit facility to provide services to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. Words cannot express our gratitude to Pete for the thousands of hours of volunteer work and his direction for the center.

In honor of Pete and his incredible legacy, Radding family friend and six-time winner of the LPGA tour Val Skinner will be participating in this year’s tournament. Val is now a Golf Channel and CBS golf commentator, and The Val Skinner Foundation, a program designed to raise awareness among young women about breast cancer, was named by Sports Illustrator as one of the Top 10 pro athlete charity endeavors. Val made this commitment over 10 years ago after one of her close friends on the LPGA tour, Heather Farr, died of breast cancer at the age of 23. Val will be offering a challenge during the tournament and will speak at the Awards Program.

For more information or to find out how to participate in the Charleston Breast Center Golf Classic, please visit www.charlestonbreastcenter.com or contact Olivia French at 442-9968 or email oliviagfrench@aol.com.

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