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Golisano Children's Hospital Gears Up for a Summer of Golf

Monday, July 14, 2014

Golfers of all levels will be hitting several of the best courses in the Rochester region this summer to fundraise for sick and injured kids at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. Many children’s hospital advocates, including individuals and organizations, organize tournaments to help our region’s children in a variety of ways. Depending on the tournaments, participants have the opportunity to raise money for patient rooms in the new building, music therapy, hospital programs, and more.

July 17, WNY Optics/Photonics Golf Tournament, Shadow Lake and Shadow Pines Golf Clubs – The 14th annual WNY Optics/Photonics Golf Tournament will kick off with registration at 9 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. shotgun start. The event has raised $170,000 in its 13-year history, with $33,000 raised just last year. The tournament organizers have committed to raising another $100,000 to name a patient room in the future Golisano Children’s Hospital building.

July 28, The Cheshire-Milgate Golf Classic, Deerfield Country Club – This scramble-format tournament includes a silent auction, drawing, par-3 games, and putting games. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. After running the tournament for several years, Justin Cheshire of Cheshire AV, Inc. paired up with long-time children’s hospital advocate Deb Milgate-Moyer last year to create The Cheshire-Milgate Golf Classic, which benefits the Kirch Developmental Services Center and has raised $10,000. As the primary clinical program of Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, the center provides services to children with developmental delays and disabilities. Money raised at the tournament largely benefits the center’s music therapy service.

July 28, Monroe County Sheriff’s Police Benevolence Association Charity Golf Tournament, Mill Creek Golf Club – Registration for the Monroe County Sheriff’s first tournament to benefit the children’s hospital starts at 9:30 a.m., with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Players at the four-man scramble style game will have the chance to win several prizes while playing in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Aug. 4, Kittelberger Golf Tournament, Sodus Bay Heights Golf Course – Golfers are geared up for the 12th annual Kittelberger tournament. Registration is at 11 a.m., followed by a noon shotgun start. With 36 players, the friendly tournament raised $8,000 for the children’s hospital and other Rochester organizations last year. Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the hospital’s greatest need fund.  

Aug. 18, RE/MAX Plus Golf TournamentLocust Hill Country Club – Over 200 sponsors and golfers from the real estate community set out in support of Golisano Children’s Hospital at the RE/MAX Plus Golf Tournament. A Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner, RE/MAX Plus has raised close to $50,000 for the children’s hospital in its tournament’s first two years. The third annual tournament will begin with registration at 10 a.m. and will include lunch, a cocktail hour, dinner, and a live and silent auction. Funds raised will go toward naming a patient room in the new children’s hospital building.

Aug. 25, Kauffman Golf Tournament, Mendon Country Club – The 17th annual Kauffman Golf Tournament will begin with registration at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Ed and Paula Kauffman have generously committed $50,000 from their tournament to fund equipment for a room in the new children’s hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Rounding out the busy tournament season, also on Aug. 25, the 18th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Golf Classic will bring golfers from all over the Rochester region to play for sick and injured kids at the biggest golf event the children’s hospital has to offer. Held at three popular courses - the Monroe Country Club, the Country Club of Rochester, and Oak Hill Country Club - the tournament will kick off with registration and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon and a 12:15 p.m. shotgun start. The Golf Classic brings supporters together across three venues for one cause – to raise money for the Finger Lakes region’s only children’s hospital. Last year’s tournament brought over 350 golfers and raised $300,000 (net).

For hole sponsorships for the Golisano Children's Hospital Golf Classic on August 25th, contact Betsy Findlay, director of special events and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Golisano Children’s Hospital, at (585) 273-5933. 

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