DULUTH – Peachtree Christian Health, TPC Sugarloaf, and The Piedmont Bank have partnered together to bring a one-of-a-kind charity golf tournament to the Gwinnett community on September 9, 2019 that benefits families caring for disabled and aging adults.
For 19 years, Peachtree Christian Health (PCH) has hosted its annual charity Golf Classic, naming it the “Bill Todd Memorial” Golf Classic in 2013, honoring its late president and co-chairman of the board. This year, PCH is adding a unique Golf Fore All Challenge offering an inclusive nine-hole tournament for disabled and aging adults. With the help of TPC Sugarloaf golf pros, nine adapted golf challenges have been designed to include driving, chipping, putting, near golf, games and more.
PGA Professional, Ryan Shivley, shares, “TPC Sugarloaf is excited to work with PCH to launch this concept here at our course. We are constantly looking for ways to help everyone enjoy the game of golf and are committed to being as inclusive as possible. To be able to design an event specifically for families and their loved ones living with physical and cognitive impairments makes it very special.”
Cole Hudgens, Team Captain for the tournament explains, “Our Golf Fore All Challenge will be free to participants and their caregivers. Hole sponsorships will be offered at each activity station to cover the cost for their play. PCH participants will be given first priority registration and remaining spots will be open to the public. Golf Fore All Challenge registration will be limited to the first 50 golfers.”
Sid Corliss, a golf professional having played on the Champions tour as well as having played in Europe and Asia, and his daughter, Skyler are serving as the 2019 Golf Fore All Ambassadors. Having been a professional golfer for decades, Sid has passed on his passion for golf to his daughter. Though born with developmental disabilities, Skyler has approached life focusing on her abilities, not her limits, and is now a big contender at Special Olympics and other golf events open to players with disabilities. The Corliss family knows all too well though, many in our disabled and aging populations struggle with isolation and feel left out of everyday life. Their goal is to lift those families up and show them that our community wants to include them and help them live life to its fullest.
PCH is Gwinnett’s newest non-profit, full-service adult day health center in Duluth serving the needs of caregivers and their disabled and aging loved ones. Anne Mancini, President, emphasizes just how many people in our community are struggling to help provide a full continuum of care for their loved ones. She accounts, “16.6% of Americans are caregivers that provide care to adults 18+ with a disability or illness. That calculates to more than 987,000 caregivers just in metro Atlanta alone.” Data shows that 55% of caregivers report feeling overwhelmed by the amount of care their loved ones need. Mancini continues, “Many caregivers put their own health and financial security at risk for the sake of their loved ones. They often feel isolated in their communities, unsure of where to go for resources and support. This is the gap PCH is working to fill at our new Life Enrichment Center. We are not only here to provide quality day health services for disabled and aging adults, but to provide a lifeline of support for their caregivers too.”
Former NFL/Atlanta Falcon wide receiver Brian Finneran has been a champion for PCH for many years and proudly serves as the Honorary Chairman of the annual golf classic. Brian says, “The work that PCH is doing is vital to the health and well-being of our community. As our children with disabilities age out of schools and our loved ones age, they need a place to go to feel a sense of community and purpose. PCH helps them sustain their dignity, health and independence for as long as possible. They work to keep families together. This tournament is about so much more than golf. It is about assuring so many in our community they are not alone.”
CDC research reports 1 in 4 U.S. adults have a disability impacting major life activities. 23.6% of adults in Georgia have some type of disability. 14.6 % have mobility issues causing serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. 11.3% have cognitive issues resulting in difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions. 5.8% have vision issues.7.2% struggle with Independent Living and 3.9% struggle with basic self-care.
The Piedmont Bank is generously returning as the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Golf Classic. Hole sponsorships for the tournament are $500. Other tournament sponsorships range from $750-$7,500 with great marketing exposure and play engagement. Individual golfer registration is $300 per player. All proceeds from the tournament go to support the life enrichment programs and services at PCH. Tournament registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:45 a.m. Golf Fore All Challenge registration begins at 12:30 p.m. with a start at 1:00 p.m. A tournament awards ceremony will immediately follow play as players enjoy dinner, wine and beer, prizes and giveaways. Full details can be found at www.pchlec.org.