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Monica Buchanan, Director of Communications
Hartford, Conn. – ESPN Monday Night Football personality and former NFL defensive tackle and two-time Super Bowl winner Anthony “Booger” McFarland will join 11-time national championship coach Geno Auriemma for the 17th annual Fore the Kids Charity Golf Tournament at the Hartford Golf Club to benefit Connecticut Children’s.
Tournament proceeds will provide Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a new transport isolette: a self-contained, high-performance transport incubator. As a Level IV NICU, the highest level trauma certification, Connecticut Children’s treats the sickest infants in the region. Last year more than 300 newborns were transported to Connecticut Children’s from regional hospitals, and this new isolette will enhance the care we can provide to these tiny patients on their way to Connecticut Children’s.
Monies raised will also fund the purchase of a highly specialized Spinal Surgery Table for patients undergoing complex spine surgeries while being cared for by Connecticut Children’s Division of Orthopedics. Surgeons will be able to more easily position, rotate and stabilize their patients using this highly specialized device. This equipment will bring next-level care and positive outcomes to children with spinal issues and deformities.
“We remain grateful to Coach Auriemma for all that he has done, and continues to do, for Connecticut Children’s,” said Jim Shmerling, President and CEO, Connecticut Children’s. “His commitment, energy and enthusiasm for this tournament is what makes it so successful year after year.”
Over the past 16 years, the tournament has raised more than $1.6 million for Connecticut Children’s.
WHEN: Monday, June 24
10:00 a.m. Registration
10:30 a.m. Lunch
11:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Media Availability
12:00 p.m. Shotgun Start
Geno Auriemma & Booger McFarland will be available for interviews.
WHERE: Hartford Golf Club
134 Norwood Road, West Hartford
WHY: This year will mark the 17th anniversary of Coach Auriemma’s involvement with the tournament, during which time more than $1 million has been raised for Connecticut Children’s. These funds enable the hospital to expand clinical services and research programs.
About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.
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