Geno Auriemma’s
Fore the Kids Charity Golf Tournament

Hartford Golf Club, West Hartford, CT
Monday, June 22, 2020
2019 Program Booklet 2019 Photo Gallery

Geno Auriemma, the Camarata family and Jim Shmerling.

In June 2019, golfers at the 17th Annual Geno Auriemma’s Fore the Kids Charity Golf Tournament “teed it up” for babies like Ava and Isabella Camarata, raising funds for a new transport isolette needed to transport premature and critically ill babies to Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in Hartford and Farmington for expert care.

This past year, tournament sponsors, 184 golfers and 230 dinner guests came together to give $388,000 toward the purchase of a new NICU transport isolette for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit transport team, as well as a highly specialized spinal surgery table for patients undergoing complex spine surgeries in the Division of Orthopedics. Over the past 17 years, the Geno Auriemma Fore the Kids Charity Golf tournament has raised more than $2 million to benefit patient care at Connecticut Children’s.

In addition to hearing the Camarata family’s story, attendees heard from 13-year-old Shemar Williams, a patient of Jeffrey Thomson, MD. Shemar was born with scoliosis and is undergoing successful treatment with MAGEC rod technology, which uses external magnets to make spinal adjustments instead of surgeries.

Other special guests at this year’s tournament included Booger McFarland, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an ESPN personality and co-host of Monday Night Football. He and Geno joined golfers on a par three.

Read on to learn how the transport isolette played a critical role in saving Ava’s life and keeping the Camarata family together.

Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m.
Brunch and Driving Range Open

12:00 p.m.
Shotgun Start, Shamble Format
Food, Drink and Entertainment Stations on the Course

5:00 p.m.
Cocktail Hour featuring a Closest to the Pin Shootout with Geno Auriemma and special guest!

6:00 p.m.
Dinner Reception by Geno’s Grille Silent Auction and Awards

Where will the 2020 proceeds go?

Geno Auriemma’s Fore the Kids Charity Golf Tournament will support the Greatest Need Children’s Fund at Connecticut Children’s.

From the tiniest babies treated in our Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) to children and young adults undergoing cancer treatment in our Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, every patient who comes through our doors receives the specialized care they need and deserve.

That’s why the Greatest Need Children’s Fund is so important.

Last year, more than 108,000 patients from across the region and around the world came to Connecticut Children’s for world-class care. More than 2,000 are premature or high-risk newborns cared for in our Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Hartford.

Our Planning Committee

Brien Beakey
Health Consultants Group

Stacey Benvenuto
Mitsubishi Golf

Bob Compagna
BSPC Foundation

Andrew Filler
Avison Young

Michael Fish
MJ Fish

Lou George
Hassett & George

Sal Giuliano

Chris Hodgdon
First Trust Advisors

Randy Holmeen
Morgan Stanley

Mike Ingenito
Retirement Plan Advisory Services

Jennifer Matthews
Sun Life Financial

Paula Ostop
William Raveis

Stacey Peel
Berkshire Bank

Sam Rothschild
Virtus Investment Partners

James Smith
Universal Connectivity

Paul Sposito
John Michael Associates

Todd Stigliano
Geno’s Restaurant Group

Lou Vamvakas