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8th Annual CiC Golf Classic

MANHASSET, NY, October 4, 2010  –  For the first time in the 8-year history of the event, golfers had to dodge some rain drops at Deepdale Golf Club as Pat LaFontaine hosted his annual Companions in Courage Foundation Golf Classic. With a lot of credit to the course’s staff and course superintendant, the event went off without a hitch.



LaFontaine said, “I am always humbled by the commitment and generosity of our companions in courage. Everyone stepped up in a big way today to lend a hand to the kids who benefit from our work. With more than 40,000 patients per year enjoying Lion’s Dens and XBox kiosks, we are truly grateful for everyone’s support.”



Newly retired Brendan Shanahan attended his first CiC Golf outing and artist Paul Madden commemorated the event with a wonderful drawing featuring the team’s Shanahan represented in the NHL and capped off with his Stanley Cup in Detroit. The piece was auctioned off during the evening’s dinner.



Merrill Lynch served as primary sponsor for the event that also featured the NHL Foundation being recognized with the CiC Foundation’s “Pioneer Award”. NHL executives Kenneth Martin and David Lehanski each spoke about the importance for the NHL to give back in their communities. The NHL has committed to leaving legacy Lion’s Den Rooms in hospitals where they host their Winter Classic and All Star Games.



The room fell silent as Tricia Hiller, the Child Life Director at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Westchester, NY spoke about the importance of their Lion’s Den room in the healing process. She explained how children were able to use the technology to videoconference with relatives as far away as Poland and how the “Rocks with Docs” program was such a huge success. Once per month, the patients challenge their doctors to a game of “Rock Band”. She said the patients always win and it brings a whole new dimension to the relationship with their healthcare providers.



Each company was represented by some of the elite from their firms, and helped contribute to the raising of more than $140,000 during the day. LaFontaine and Shanahan led a contingent of celebrities that included Hockey Hall of Famers Glenn Anderson, Bryan Trottier and Clark Gillies.


The field of celebrities also included former Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Willie Upshaw, former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, and hockey’s Pat Flatley, Benoit Hogue, Billy Jaffe, Grant Marshall, Bob Nystrom, Michael Peca, Brian Propp, Ed Westfall and Randy Wood.



Weeden & Co.’s Craig Hetherington was the overall champ on the course. Brian Propp won the Long Drive contest with a bomb on Hole # 11, while Kenneth Martin, Jr. won the closest to the pin contest when he nestled a shot within 21 inches on Hole #4.



The Weeden & Co. team captained by Clark Gillies that included Hetherington, Jack Duffy, Todd Trimmer and Michael Cerussi took the low gross team honors with a score of 64. They edged out the McAuley Family team captained by Grant Marshall and featuring Sean McAuley, Tim McAuley, Brian Callery and Jason Fogelson.



LaFontaine thanked all of the major sponsors including the Heagerty Family Foundation and the NHL Foundation, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Schroder Investments, Barclay’s, Lombardi Design, Group One, Sue & Sean McAuley, Weeden & Company, LawCash and the Long Island Royals.


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