Contrary to conventional wisdom, rain has been a charm for Golf for Abilis, a fundraiser benefiting Abilis and people of all ages in the Greenwich-Stamford area with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
Rain cut on-course play short last October 2012 during the first Golf for Abilis. Golfers also were challenged by steady precipitation at this year's second annual event, held June 10 at Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. But most foursomes finished the 18-hole course brimming with an enthusiasm that carried through dinner and live and silent auctions to benefit the local charity.
Music therapist Billy Ayres and local musicians with developmental disabilities provided live entertainment. Auction highlights included a weeklong golf vacation at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republican, golf weekend for eight at the famed Old Chatham Golf Course in North Carolina, golf at the top clubs throughout the region and premier Giants football tickets.
"If it poured outside -- and it did -- you'd never know it from our guests' reaction," says host Fred Trump, who lives in Greenwich. "They couldn't have been more impressed with the work Abilis is doing with local people right here in our community, or more supportive of the goal of independence for those Abilis serves. From start to finish, it was a great party and a celebration of great work."
Proceeds will help fund therapy and other services for babies and toddlers with delays in their development and assist Abilis as it expands its residential and employment programs for adults in the Greenwich-Stamford area.
"Golf for Abilis supports Abilis' mission of building able lives and strong communities across lower Fairfield County," says Lolli Ross, Abilis executive director. "We are excited and gratified by its growth and very grateful to our wonderful host, Fred Trump."
Participation and proceeds from this event have doubled in less than eight months. Signup closed to golfers approximately six weeks before the second annual Golf for Abilis, when registration reached capacity.
The third annual Golf for is scheduled for Monday, June 9, 2014 at Trump National Golf Club.