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Jerry Segal came to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital with quadriplegia in 1988.
After months of intense therapy at Magee, Jerry walked out the front doors on his own. Right then and there, he made two vows. The first was to play golf again. The second was to help other Magee patients experience the same kind of success he did.

He’s been doing both ever since.

On September 25, under a warm sun and a blue sky, Jerry, the Segal Family and the Friends of Jerry Segal held the 20th Annual Jerry Segal Classic—the  greater Philadelphia Region’s largest one-day golf event. Over 330 golfers showed up at Green Valley Country Club &  the ACE Club to  play golf, and later in the evening over 500 people attended the Classic’s dinner and auction at the Green Valley Country Club.

When all was said and done, $850,000 dollars was raised to benefit the patients of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, bringing the Classic’s twenty year total to over $8 million.

All of the proceeds raised by the Segal Classic through golf, sponsorships, and the live and silent auctions--including the $6,000 winning bid to watch a Phillies World Series home game with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and the $11,000 winning bid for a week’s use of a house on the 13th hole at Pebble Beach complete with rounds of golf--benefit individuals with disabilities at Magee by:

Providing food&lodging to the families and loved ones of patients so they can be close by during the therapy and rehabilitation process

Funding peer mentoring programs for those who are learning to live with the aftermaths of stroke

Funding new, state-of-the-art equipment such as ReoTherapy and Locomotor training

Funding peer mentoring programs for spinal cord injury patients

Funding patient and family recreation activities

“We’re very pleased with the success of this year’s Segal Classic,” said Ron Siggs, Vice President of Development&Public Relations at Magee. “People really believe in Jerry’s drive to help our patients and that’s obvious by the amount of money raised through this one-day event, especially considering the current economy. We’re very thankful to Jerry and all who participated in the Segal Classic.”

And now that the 20th Jerry Segal Classic’s has come and gone, plans are being made for the 21st, which will be held at the Green Valley Country Club and ACE Club on Sept 24, 2010.

This year’s Segal Classic also featured a video highlighting the success of some of the patients that Magee has helped over the last twenty years--the twenty years of the Segal Classic. You can see the video below.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.
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