The 23rd Annual Kelser Charity Challenge will take place at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Connecticut, on September 17, 2019, to benefit the Hospital for Special Care's Center for Cognitive Health. The golf tournament--which is currently open for registration and sponsorship--is organized by Glastonbury-based technology consulting firm Kelser Corporation and will also feature a silent auction, dinner reception and "heli drop" in which a helicopter drops golf balls onto the course.
Over the past two years, the Kelser Charity Challenge has raised more than $43,000 for the Center for Cognitive Health, which launched last fall. "The Kelser Charity Challenge has allowed us to raise the funds that we needed to really invest in developing the model for care for our Center for Cognitive Health," said Hospital for Special Care Vice President of Development & Communications Wendy DeAngelo in an interview in July on FOX 61 News. "What we're able to do is bring together a multi-disciplinary team of neuropsychologists, rehabilitation psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists who work together to identify and assess a patient and their cognitive functioning, and begin to address and delay some of the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's to help people function at home as independently as possible for as long as possible."
"It has been very rewarding for us to have been involved in supporting the Center for Cognitive Health since it was conceived in 2017 through its launch last year," says Kelser Vice President of Relationships Devin Kelly. "Many of us have experienced first-hand what Alzheimer’s does not just to the person living with it, but to those family and friends who interact with them. That’s why this tournament is especially important to us because it has such a tangible impact, helping patients and their families navigate incredibly difficult memory disorders right here in Connecticut." Kelly's uncle and Kelser Corporation founder Bruce Kelly is living with Alzheimers.
For the second year in row, the Kelser Charity Challenge will raise additional funds through a heli drop, sponsored by Northeast Helicopters of Ellington, CT, and Kelser CTO Jonathan Stone who is a rated commercial helicopter pilot. In an aviation spin on a 50/50 raffle, individuals can purchase numbered golf balls which will be dropped from the helicopter onto the green. The person with the ball closest to the hole wins half the pot and the other half goes to the Hospital for Special Care. Video from last year's tournament captures the excitement of this spectacle.
The field of 144 players in the tournament typically fills up, and there are still some spaces available. The tournament is also seeking sponsors at a number of levels.
To register to play in the Kelser Charity Challenge, or for sponsorship information, visit: kelsercorp.com/2019charitychallenge
About Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and the one of only two in the nation serving adults and children. HFSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HFSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis.
More information: hfsc.org
About Kelser Corporation and the Kelser Foundation
Since 1981, Kelser Corporation has helped organizations achieve their goals through technology. Based in Glastonbury, Kelser is proud to assist a wide variety of organizations in the Northeast—including some of the largest companies in Connecticut—in using technology to move their businesses forward. Kelser’s experienced team of technology consultants understand their clients’ businesses as deeply as the products and services Kelser provides. The result is technology that works on behalf of businesses, not the other way around.
In 2011, the Kelser Foundation was created to formalize the company's volunteering and philanthropic activities. The total funds raised for charities by Kelser will exceed $1 million by the end of 2019, in addition to countless clothing and food donations and volunteer hours. Most recently, the Kelser team was the top fundraiser for Special Olympics Connecticut at the Coventry Lake Penguin Plunge this past March, and Kelser has been a sponsor of the Travelers Championship for over 25 years. The Kelser Charity Challenge is the Kelser's Foundation's flagship event among many other initiatives.
More information: kelsercorp.com/kelser-foundation