Best-Selling Author James Patterson to hold book-signing at the Third Annual Elant Golf Open July 15
05/29/2010

The Elant Foundation's Annual Elant Golf Open July 15 will feature two special guests: James Patterson, America’s No. 1 best-selling author, and Robert Reiss, author and host of The CEO Show, a nationally syndicated business radio show.

Online PR News – 29-May-2010 – – Goshen – The Elant Foundation is hosting its 3rd Annual Elant Golf Open July 15 at the Dutchess Golf & Country Club in Poughkeepsie. This year’s event, presented by Med-World Pharmacy, an Omnicare Company, is open to the public and will feature two special guests: James Patterson, America’s No. 1 best-selling author, and Robert Reiss, author and host of The CEO Show, a nationally syndicated business radio show.

Proceeds from this year’s golf open will benefit Elant’s sub-acute and rehabilitation programs, which provide comprehensive, in-patient care for those recovering from an acute illness or injury following a hospital stay. Over the past two years, Elant’s supporters have helped renovate a significant portion of Elant’s rehabilitation units, and allowed for the purchase of new therapy equipment.

“The support we’ve received from our communities has gone a long way in helping Elant make strides in its sub-acute care and rehabilitation offerings, and we are incredibly grateful,” said Nick Lanza, Elant senior vice president of Operation. “Elant is committed to staying ahead of innovations in therapy techniques and equipment, and the generous contributions collected through our Golf Open help assure that we are always offering the very best care possible to our patients.”

The format of this year’s event is a scramble of four players. Prizes will be awarded for: team low score, closest to the pin, longest drive, putting contest winner, and most valuable player. The entry fee per player is $200 and includes lunch, dinner, cocktails, golf car, prizes, and a complimentary James Patterson book. For non-golfers interested in attending the dinner only, the cost is $75 per person. Every attendee of the dinner will have the opportunity to enjoy a book signing by Patterson.

Event day registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 am and tee-off time at 12:30 p.m. Following the play of golf, a cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a dinner reception at 6 pm. Book signings with both Patterson and Reiss will start at 5:30 p.m.

Patterson, who has sold more than 16 million books in 2009 and has more than 170 million books in print, is the first author to have No. 1 titles simultaneously on both the New York Times best selling adult and children’s lists. He also holds The New York Times bestsellers list record with 54 bestselling books. He is the author of the Alex Cross detective series, the Women’s Murder Club series, for which an ABC television series was named, and the beloved young adult Maximum Ride series. He is on Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100 list.

Reiss, who has more than 600,000 weekly listeners to his nationally broadcast radio show, also has a monthly column in Forbes has been cited as an “expert in executive communications” by the Harvard Business Review. Reiss is also the co-author of Golf and the Art of Customer Service.

Mike Smith, Elant vice president, and Elant Foundation board member Kevin Armistead, of Armistead Mechanical, Inc., are co-chairing this year’s event.

For registration or sponsorship information, please contact the Elant Foundation at 845.360.1410 or write to elantfoundation@elant.org.

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Elant, Inc., a community-based, not-for-profit organization, has been a part of the Hudson Valley healthcare landscape for the past 25 years. Its seven campuses, located across five counties, serve an estimated 3,500 people daily and provide sub-acute care and rehabilitation services, nursing home care, assisted living, adult day care, retirement community living, home health care, and a managed long-term care plan. Elant’s mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care and lifestyle options to persons of diverse generations, cultures, means, and needs.

About James Patterson

The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had 19 consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (46 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.

Patterson is the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls," starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the other members of the Women's Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman. One of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show "The Simpsons" in March, 2007.

About Robert Reiss

Over the past two decades Robert G. Reiss has personally worked with over 200 organizations, helping some of America's leaders develop and implement customer centric strategies, and has presented 300 speeches. Reiss coined the phrase, 'Customer Experience Organization' and has been cited as an "expert in executive communication" by the Harvard Business Review.

He is the founder and host of the nationally syndicated weekly radio program, The CEO Show, where he interviews senior executives who have reinvented industry through exceptional customer models. The CEO Show, called, "The '60 Minutes' of radio", airs on over 40 radio stations across America. Reiss writes a monthly column for Forbes at www.forbes.com/CEONetwork featuring select CEO Show interviews.

Additionally, Reiss is the Chairman and the emcee of The Conference Board's annual Chief Marketing Executive Conference (ranked the # 4 C-Suite conference globally in 2009) and their Customer Experience Leadership Conference.

He is co-author of Golf & the Art of Customer Service which is being made into a motivational film. Reiss is currently a Trustee for Kingsbrook Medical Center and a Director at Griffin Health Services Corporation (Fortune Magazine's # 1 best small company to work for in America, 2006).

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