COVENTRY, Conn. – While many regret the end of summer, the Morell brothers welcome the fall foliage and cooling temperature with a fun-filled day on the links.
“It’s definitely become a tradition and everyone knows that when the leaves start turning, we’re going to be hosting our annual golf tournament,” shared Mike. “This tournament means a lot to our family and friends. We’re looking forward to another great turnout this year. We’re expecting between 130 and 140 golfers.”
The 12th Annual Morell Invitational Golf Tournament will take place Friday, Sept. 13, at the Skungamaug River Golf Course in Coventry.
The tournament features four-man scramble teams and a shotgun start at 10 a.m. There will be a post-tournament party at the French Club Pavilion, located on Country Club Road in Windham.
Mike and his brother Glenn began their MS fundraising in 1988, when they hosted a basketball tournament to raise funds in honor of their late mother, who battled the disease. In 2002 the brothers decided to move in a different direction and the golf tournament was launched.
This year’s tournament, the 22nd fundraiser for the brothers, will be held in memory of their late father, Leo, who passed earlier this year. Leo, who was a strong supporter of his sons’ efforts to honor their mother’s battle, took an active part in the tournament, selling raffle tickets and mingling with the golfers.
Last year, the tournament raised more than $6,300 for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter, and since its creation in 2002, it has raised more than $47,000.
“We keep hosting the tournament to keep our mother’s memory alive,” said Mike. “We truly believe we’ve been able to do that and that’s why we love hosting it. When you come to our tournament, you’re going to enjoy a laid-back, blue collar afternoon with people who truly care about finding a cure for MS.”
The tournament’s committee members include Mike Morell, Columbia; Glenn Morell, Hampton; Alan Phaneuf, Columbia; Mark Valliere, Lebanon and Darren Chick, Willimantic.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with the effects of multiple sclerosis. The cause is unknown, and, as a result, there currently is no cure. Symptoms can include, among other things, numbness in the limbs, difficulties with vision and speech, stiffness and, in some more severe cases, total paralysis. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot be predicted.
The registration fee is $100 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner, cash bar and prizes for first, second and third place as well as long drive and closest to the pin contests. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The Morell Invitational Golf Tournament is an example of Do It Yourself fundraising. Funds raised through Do It Yourself fundraising events, such as the The Morell Invitational, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter.
For more information on the tournament or to register, please contact Mike Morell at 860-228-5046 or Glenn Morell at 860-455-9095.
To learn more about Do It Yourself Fundraising, multiple sclerosis and the many ways to become involved, please visit the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter’s website at www.ctfightsMS.org.