About Honorine

The Honorine St. Jude Golf Classic was established in memory of Anthony & Marcelle Gance, who generously supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for many years.  The tournament is named after Marcelle’s French middle name, “Honorine.”  The tournament carries on this tradition by establishing a premium charity golf tournament with all net proceeds sent to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Honorine St. Jude Golf Classic is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization.

No Child Should Die In The Dawn Of Life.

Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

A Grandmother’s Legacy

By Marcelle Honorine Gance’s Granddaughter, Paige Gance

I am so thankful that my grandma, Marcelle Gance, lived with us for almost six years. Otherwise, I don’t know if I would have come to appreciate what a beautiful person she was. We played scrabble regularly, and during those hour-long games she told stories: about France, her early life, coming to America, the friends she missed in Vestal, NY.   She was incredibly brave to come to America after WWII, knowing only her husband, my grandpa, and barely speaking any English.  She never lost her French accent and we used to joke with her at the kitchen table over her pronunciation of certain words. We loved to help her bake banana bread. Marcelle was an amazing baker, and she loved sharing that gift with people. I recall the dining room table in her old home in Vestal covered in multicolored Italian Christman cookies (she was raised near the French-Italian border). I don’t remember the first time I heard the story of Marcelle baking over 200 loaves of Pain Brioche for her church during the holidays because I heard it so many times. But I always heard it from someone else; my grandma didn’t seek praise for her deeds. I knew the proceeds from the bread she sold went to St. Jude. She also donated money throughout the year. The newsletters they sent her contained stories of the children she helped sponsor. My grandma didn’t have much to give monetarily, but she gave gladly. It touched her heart to see these sick children get better under St. Jude’s care, and I’ve always associated this charity with my grandma.

There was a time when my grandma had nothing to give at all. She survived the German occupation of France during WWII. Food was strictly rationed, and to the day she died my grandma couldn’t stand for food to be thrown out. She wasted nothing. For her to make loaf after loaf of bread was in a way a celebration. Not only did she have enough for herself, but she could freely give the rest for the cause she cared about deeply.

I miss my grandma; she had so much left to teach me about goodness and charity. I’m still reminded of her every time I see a cardinal or a ladybug. To have the Honorine Tournament in her name means so much to my family, and she would be immensely proud of the good we have accomplished in her memory.

Marcelle Honorine Gance's Legacy

1945 Marcelle moves to US


After World War II, Anthony brings his French war bride, Marcelle, home to America.

Marcelle bakes French brioche to raise money for St. Jude

Beginning of Honorine St. Jude Tournament

Scott Gance starts Honorine Tournament in honor of his mother

2017 Honorine St. Jude Tournament raises $20,000

2018 Honorine Tournament venue moves to Shorehaven Golf Club

The Committee

The Honorine St. Jude Golf Classic committee has worked hard to ensure that the event meets a high standard while maximizing proceeds to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

2012 Honorine Founding Committee. L to R: Torie Clancy, Alvaro Calderon, Cesar Jimenez, Dawn Jeffrey, Scott Russell, Ali Gance, Scott Gance, Frank Lee, Linda Gance, Karl Rueter, Simone Pirre, Ken Brooks

  • Scott Gance – Chairperson
  • Dawn JeffreyEvent Chairperson
  • Ken BrooksMarketing Chairperson | Photography & Video Director
  • Catherine BirchCorporate Council
  • Susanne Lapsien – Sales
  • Waverly WhiteSocial Media Director
  • Rocco Alianiello – Entertainment Director
  • Diane HafterPublic Relations Director
  • Karla Carpenter – Tournament Auctioneer
  • Rogers KnicksTournament PGA Pro/Consultant
  • Gus AvalosPromotional Wear Director
  • Michelle AvalosPromotional Wear Assistant Director
  • Linda Gance – Photography & Editing
  • Eric Gance – Photography & Video Production
  • Paige GancePublishing & Editing Director
  • Morgan & Ali GanceAssistants to the Chairperson
  • Susan Rance – Volunteer
  • Lauren Capone – Caddies For a Cause Volunteer
  • Jessica Nuzzaci – Caddies For a Cause Director
  • John Stewart – Volunteer
  • Cathy Doran – Volunteer

About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened on February 4, 1962 and was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Its mission is to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Research findings at St. Jude are shared freely with doctors and scientists all over the world. No family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

In its most recent survey, Parents magazine named St. Jude the No. 1 pediatric cancer care hospital in the country, based on the magazine’s survey of more than 75 children’s hospitals nationwide.

St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today.

In 1962, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was 4 percent. Today, the survival rate for this once deadly disease is 94 percent, thanks to research and treatment protocols developed at St. Jude.

St. Jude was the first institution to develop a cure for sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant and has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell programs in the country.

The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.7 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions. During the past five years, 81 cents of every dollar received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude.

St. Jude recently completed an extensive expansion program that bolstered the hospital’s research and treatment efforts, while more than doubling the size of its original campus. The campus now has 2.5 million square feet of research, clinical and administrative space dedicated to finding cures and saving children.