NEWINGTON - Barry Kelly, CEO of Kelser Corp., has a brother, Bruce, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
When the two were still working together, Barry would summarize business deals Bruce and he would make, but Bruce wouldn’t recall saying any of those things.
“If I knew and expected that kind of behavior, it would be a total different ballgame,” said Kelly.
Barry Kelly and Kelser Corp, a technology consulting firm, held their 22nd annual Kelser Charity Challenge recently at Indian Hill Country Club to fundraise for the Hospital for Special Care Center for Cognitive Health, which aims to help those with memory disorders. The company held the golf tournament fundraiser last year at the same place, collecting $17,500 for the center then, and an estimated $25,000 this year.
The center, which was previously under the title of Center for Memory Disorders, will offer a comprehensive outpatient assessment and treatment program for midlife to older adults who present cognitive decline associated with aging. It will open on Oct. 30.
“At Hospital for Special Care we wrap a multidisciplinary clinical team around each patient to make sure that they have all the support and services they need,” Wendy DeAngelo, vice president of public relations, marketing and development, said. “In this case, that includes neuropsychology but also speech and language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and a range of other services. It’s very difficult for most patients to find all of those things under one roof.”
The center will come to the hospital with simply a matter of shifting departments, staff and priorities, and after bringing in consultants from all aspects that contribute to health care to make sure services are responsive to all stakeholders, DeAngelo added.
“You didn’t have that just a few years ago,” said Barry Kelly, adding that several different organizations would be needed for that kind of help. “We didn’t even know where to go to figure out is there something wrong, really. We didn’t even know step one. When you have someone with the caliber and the specialization like Hospital for Special Care, I feel pretty good that this is going to go a long way in helping a lot of people.”
Members of the golf tournament were happy to be a part of the tournament that started off with a brunch and wrapped with cocktails, dinner and raffle prizes because of the mission it supported.
“I know Barry’s brother, they’re nice people and I think it’s really nice that we can do this,” Stephen Bates, a sponsor of the tournament, said at the first tee. “I’m not a great golfer. I only play because it’s Kelser and for the charity. That’s why I’m here.”
As a change in this year’s festivities, the tournament had a ball drop on the 18th green of golf balls that people purchased as part of a 50/50 fundraiser, the winner being the ball closest to the hole. It was operated in part by Jonathan Stone, chief operating and chief technology officer for Kelser, and the winner’s ball actually landed in the hole.
“It’s great. Helicopter flying is personal for me, that’s part of my life. Kelser is another part. This is a great way to intersect the two of them,” Stone said, after having heard of the idea at his helicopter school. “And Hospital for Special Care has a really special mission with the way they take care of people, especially in the memory care unit. It’s a great cause for us to support as a company.”
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.