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Zwick Family and Friends Fight Parkinsonís at Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament on Wednesday, August 15 in Wallingford, CT

 

The family and friends of the late Lenny Zwick are taking another swing at Parkinson’s disease. Their Sixth Annual Zwick Pro-Am golf tournament to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), will take place from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, August 15 at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CT. The tournament is named in honor of Mr. Zwick, an avid Wallingford golfer who lived with Parkinson’s for 25 years.

The Pro-Am includes an 18-hole golf tournament, luncheon and awards dinner to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research. A dedicated team, which includes Mr. Zwick’s wife Susan and daughter Stacey, and close friends from the Farms Country Club like Head PGA Professional Jim Hanlon, organize the tournament each summer. They say they were inspired by the tenacity Mr. Zwick demonstrated while living with Parkinson’s to establish a fundraiser in his honor. 

One of the event organizers, Dave Melillo remarks, “We are proud to keep Lenny’s spirit alive by bringing the community together each year to help fund research for Parkinson’s. It is exciting to see how this golf tournament, which began as a way to honor a beloved family man, friend and golfer, continues to make an impact for the Parkinson’s community.”

The Zwick Pro-Am typically draws over one hundred people and has raised over $250,000 for Parkinson’s research since its inception in 2007. It continues to be one of the highest fundraisers for PDF Champions, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. This year’s Pro-Am is on par to be another success with its devoted following as golfer registration is already full. There is still room to attend the cocktail reception and awards dinner, with registration at $75 per person, for those who wish to be a part of the event.

PDF Executive Director Robin Elliott said, “We are grateful for the friends and family of Mr. Zwick who continue to honor his legacy each year by funding the most promising research and raising awareness about the impact of Parkinson’s. Their efforts to help PDF improve the lives and futures of the nearly one million people across the country living with Parkinson’s are inspiring.”

For more information about the Zwick Pro-Am contact The Farms Country Club at (203) 269-9000. To donate to the Zwick family’s fundraising efforts, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676, info@pdf.org or www.pdf.org.

 

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

 

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

 

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Source Date: Jul 19 2012