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The Ray Romano and Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit Advancement in Vision Research

La Jolla, CA, September 30, 2009 -- The Ray Romano and Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic will be held on Monday, November 16, 2009 at the El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, California. This year's golf classic will benefit the advancement in vision science at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

The celebrity tournament is an annual event hosted by television and film stars Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond, Ice Age) and Kevin James (The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop). Each year, Romano and James choose a cause to support that is close to their hearts. Funds raised by this year's golf tournament will support the research and treating of such debilitating vision diseases as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration.

"My scientific team and I greatly appreciate Ray and Kevin for choosing The Scripps Research Institute as the beneficiary of this year's golf tournament. The Ray Romano & Kevin James Celebrity Golf Classic's contribution will be dedicated to research on stem cells for RP and MD patients," said Scripps Research Professor Martin Friedlander, M.D./Ph.D., who is also a practicing ophthalmologist at the Scripps Clinic.

For information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Golf on Earth Event Services at: (818) 594-7277.

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