Kelser charity golf tournament raises $16,000 for Hospital for Special Care

Published on Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:00
Written by Charles Paullin

Staff Writer

NEWINGTON - It was a competition, but to Tom Brown the scorekeeping wasn’t very interesting.

To Brown, it was more about the cause.

Technology consulting firm Kelser Corp. held its 21st annual Kelser Charity Challenge at Indian Hill Country Club on Monday and raised around $16,000, with money still coming in, for a new program at New Britain-based Hospital for Special Care. Originally scheduled for Sept. 19, the event was postponed due to weather.

“It’s always great,” said Brown, of West Hartford, who had been coming to the tournament for 10 years.

The new program at the Hospital for Special Care is dedicated to developing new ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.

In its early planning stages, the Hospital for Special Care’s Center for Memory Disorders will treat patients living with a variety of memory disorders ranging from dementia to memory loss due to normal aging.

The tournament benefited the American Lung Association for the past 18 years, but with the hospital being a client of Kelser’s the opportunity to support a new initiative dedicated to memory disorder was too good to pass up, a release announcing the tournament stated.

That, and the fact that Kelser CEO and President Barry Kelly’s brother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

“The first thing that his wife and I couldn’t figure out is how do we manage this,” said Kelly. “We couldn’t figure out how to get him to stop driving. With the memory care center with the Hospital for Special Care they help with all that.”

John Votto, a former president and current board member for the Hospital for Special Care, shared how appreciative the hospital was of the funding.

“I think that we should be happy besides having a great day to play golf … this is a great day for us. We really appreciate it,” said Votto, who explained that the program at HSC, which will be the only one in the state, will have four neurologists, several neural psychologists on staff and 60 to 70 therapists.

Throughout the day, golfers teed off under blue skies and temperate weather with a shotgun start after a brunch to start things off.

“It doesn’t get much better in terms of the day … it’s all good,” said Brian O’Connor, from sponsors Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

“I think giving back to the community vs. making it about them is what’s better about this,” said Robbins, who was playing alongside O’Conner. “It’s not about profit or schmoozing customers, it’s about giving back to the community.”

Cocktails and dinner from Café Louise at the country club followed with awards and raffle prizes for Bruins hockey games, jewelry from Christie’s in Manchester, technology and more.

DJ David Fisch from radio 104.1 WMRQ Amy and Fisch in the Morning emceed the event.

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Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:00. Updated: Friday, 6 October 2017 19:58.