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Monday, June 20, 2011

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Holds Golf Tournament

The Greater New Haven Chapter of JDRF held its 16th Annual Golf Open "Tee Up To Cure Diabetes" on June 14 at the Course at Yale in New Haven.

Despite the overcast skies, 136 golfers took to the course in an effort to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes research, according to a statement.

The golf tournament proceeds are donated to research that aims to find a cure for the 3 million people affected by this disease, including children, adolescents, and adults; this year, the tournament raised about $40,000, the statement said.

Though the day began with a light drizzle, the rain held off until the conclusion of the event. In fact, the sun even appeared towards the end of the day, the statement said. The event began at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by a 9 a.m. shotgun start, the statement said.

The day finished with a luncheon and awards ceremony, at which JDRF announced the winners of the scramble tournament: foursome Jeff Zgorski, John Curran, Marc Zgorski, and Reggie Linda. The Zgorski brothers really proved to be the pros of the day, also winning two of the four "closest to the pin" contests. In addition to the announcement of the winners, the luncheon included a raffle and silent auction. The festivities lasted until about 4 p.m., the statement said. 

The success of the event is owed largely to Jason Driscoll, of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Golf Committee, who has been serving at the Golf Open for 5 years, the statement said.  "He is dedicated to helping JDRF raise money for a cure in honor of his daughter, Lauren, who was diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes seven years ago," the statement said.

Reflecting on the golf tournament, Driscoll said, also in the statement: "This being my second year as golf chairman, I must say that people never cease to amaze me. In these tough economic times, for a second year we were sold out. People love to come to The Course at Yale and play golf for a fantastic cause. We had more sponsors this year than ever before…The Yale staff, our golf committee and our volunteers played a huge part in helping to make sure that everyone had what they needed during the day."

The money raised at this event helps continue the work of JDRF that began back in 1970, when the organization was founded by the parents of children with Type 1 diabetes—a disease that strikes suddenly, makes its sufferers insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications.  "Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $1 billion to diabetes research worldwide.  JDRF's mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research," the statement said.

For more information on JDRF, including how to get involved in this and other fundraising events, please visit their website at www.jdrf.org/greaternewhaven or call their office at (203) 248-1880.

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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