The 2017 Geno Auriemma’s “Fore the Kids” Charity Golf Tournament, which celebrated its 15th year of play, raised $130,000 toward the purchase of an ultra-low-dose imaging system to benefit our patients. Coach Auriemma joined 160 golfers on the links in late June to raise the remaining funds needed to purchase the specialized imaging equipment for Connecticut Children’s Orthopedics Division.
Funds raised at the past three charity golf tournaments, hosted by Coach Auriemma at the Hartford Golf Club, will help purchase the technology, which will provide our orthopedic surgeons with state-of-the-art image quality while significantly decreasing the radiation exposure for our patients.
In the past 15 years, Geno Auriemma’s “Fore the Kids” Charity Golf Tournament has raised more than $1.6 million for programs at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, including the Division of Orthopedics.
This year the tournament featured Patient Ambassador and orthopedics patient, Bridget Souriyamath. Bridget, who has been taking Irish dance lessons for the past 12 years, treated the Geno and the attendees to a performance after sharing her inspirational story. For the first time ever, she won first place – dancing her way to the top a mere six weeks after undergoing cervical spine bone tumor surgery at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
“I was in a competition with 35 to 40 other dancers and danced really well,” said Bridget, who received a sash and a trophy for her first-class performance in her age group. Bridget and her family are grateful for the care she received at Connecticut Children’s. “Everyone was so good to us,” said Bridget. “I think about the doctors every day and the miracle they were able to do,” Erin added. “They changed our lives, and we will never forget it.”
Coach Auriemma, Tournament Co-Chairs Randy Holmeen and Sal Giuliano, the entire planning committee and the dedicated sponsors could not be more proud of the accomplishments of the Tournament, helping affect the lives of children like Bridget.