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Autism Speaks Raises Over $1 Million at its Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge at Winged Foot

June 21, 2011 3 comments

On Monday, June 20, Autism Speaks teamed up with television personalities, sports stars, and other local supporters to help raise much needed funds for autism research and services at the Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge. Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and event Co-chairs Susan and Kevin Murray spearheaded the day-long golf outing at the world- renowned Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Special guests included N.Y. Giants superstar quarterback Eli Manning and linebacker Michael Boley, along with former N.Y. Giants players Howard Cross and Billy Ard; former N.Y. Jets cornerback Bobby Jackson, former NFL player Corey Louchiey, University of Connecticut Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun, “Spin City” and “Mad About You” actor Richard Kind, golf pro Jerome Andrews, NBA Hall of Famer Gail Goodrich, former NBC sports anchor Len Berman, Brothers McMullen star Michael McGlone, and CBS “Early Show” co-host Chris Wragge, all of whom participated Autism Speaks longest running golf event.

The Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Challenge featured foursomes paired with the local celebrities and athletes for an exciting day of golf. The tournament concluded with a dinner reception and an exciting live and silent auction – which highlighted items like tickets to the November premiere of Breaking Dawn and after party (the latest in vampiric mega series Twilight), a trip to top vacation destinations – Belize, Cabo San Lucas, and packages funding Autism Speaks’ family services and translational research initiatives. One lucky guest took home a 2011 Subaru Outback after successfully shooting a hole-in-one!

Through the generous sponsorship of companies like BNY Mellon, MKP Capital Management, Amherst Securities Group, Bill Finneran, BlackRock, Inc., Cantor Fitzgerald, Carlson Capital, L.P., Ellington Management Group, LLC, Jack Schneider, RBS Global Banking & Markets, Suzanne & Bob Wright, Ramsey Frank among others; and through big-hearted individual guest and auction donations, the 2011 event raised over $1 million for autism research, advocacy and family services, exceeding last year by over $100,000.

Autism Speaks wishes to thank Susan and Kevin Murray and all participants who helped make the Thirteenth Annual Celebrity Golf Classic one of our best to date.

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12th Annual New York Celebrity Golf Challenge Raises $886,000

June 29, 2010 5 comments

Event Co-Chairs Kevin and Susan Murray thank the many supporters in attendance.

Autism Speaks’ New York Celebrity Golf Challenge celebrated its 12th anniversary with an exciting day of golf at the esteemed Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. on Monday, June 28, 2010. The event raised over $886,000 for Autism Speaks with celebrities from the worlds of sports, entertainment and media participating. The day included an afternoon shotgun start at Winged Foot’s challenging East and West courses.

This year’s celebrity players and attendees included former quarterback and current studio analyst for CBS’s “The NFL Today” Boomer Esiason, NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann, “Gossip Girl” star Matthew Settle, New York Giants’ Michael Boley , “Rescue Me” star James McCaffrey, and “Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter.  Also on hand were actors Gregg Bello and Chris Jackson, former NFL players Howard Cross, Phillippi Sparks, Jeremy Lincoln, Corey Louchiey and William Ard, former New York Islander Pat Flatley and comedian Gary Cannon. The tournament included several course contests, as well as a celebrity putting contest with football great Boomer Esiason and “Rescue Me” star James McCaffrey, and a million dollar shootout.

The evening dinner reception included a silent and a live auction that offered opportunity to help fund autism research and family services initiatives.  Honorary Co-chairs and Autism Speaks Co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright rolled highlights from the first annual and highly successful “Light It Up Blue” initiative on World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism Speaks Board Member Kevin Murray shared a personal video about why he and his wife Susan have co-chaired this event every year since 1999.  The Murrays have helped raise nearly $10 million since 1999.

Read a blog post by Autism Speaks’ staffer Kerry Magro, who participated in the day’s events.

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