ALS tournament rated a hit
Three years ago Faye Beaupré was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. For most people it’s a very serious condition that always ends in death in just a few years.
Last weekend Faye and her husband Bob celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary with a golf tournament organized to benefit the Evergreen chapter of the nation-wide ALS Association. Several hundred people from all over the U.S. and Canada gathered last Friday for golf, a banquet and an auction that raised over $166,000 for continuing ALS research. That’s considerably more than half the annual budget for the state-wide Evergreen Chapter, and plans are already underway to repeat the event next year.
There were some well-known charity tournament people in attendance as well as hockey players from the NHL, former Husky head football coach Don James and his wife Carol and TV personalities, such as Lauren Tewes who played Julie McCoy on the series “Love Boat.” Tewes lost her husband to ALS some years ago, acting as his primary caregiver during the four years he lived following his diagnosis.
The tournament itself was won by a local foursome, Dan Newell and his son Anthony, along with Bill Wright and Bob Bailey, with a 30-under-par score of 114. Guest pro was Dana Bates, a sometime touring pro with the LPGA and the teaching pro at Desert Horizons Country Club in California. The tall and ebullient Bates slammed her drives off the men’s tees all afternoon, often using an iron when the men were all using drivers, answering their stares with a good-natured laugh. She shot in the high 70’s, however, a testimony to the intricacies of the Arnold Palmer-designed course.
Clearly the tournament was a plus for the resort as well as for the ALS Association. “We saw it as an opportunity to get behind a cause and an organization that makes a difference, establish a long-term relationship with them into the future and integrate this into the Blaine community as well,” said Guglielmino, anticipating next year’s event.