Morgan Hoffmann Foundation raises over $1 million for muscular dystrophy in 2nd Annual Celebrity Pro-Am
August 09, 2019
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- August 09, 2019
- Celebrities from the sports and entertainment world showed support for the Morgan Hoffman Foundation. (PGA TOUR)
Over 200 golfers descended upon Paramus, New Jersey this past weekend for the annual Morgan Hoffmann Foundation Celebrity Pro-Am. The event, now in its second year was held at Morgan’s home course of Arcola and raised over $1 Million for Muscular Dystrophy (MD).
The festivities spanned for two days and kicked off with a Pairings Party on Sunday evening complete with a special live performance by country-music artist Frankie Ballard, followed by pop-recording artist Jackson Breit and DJ-producer Matoma on Monday evening to close out the celebration.
Celebrities from the sports and entertainment world showed support for Morgan and his fiancée Chelsea as they raised funds for a cure. The 2019 Celebrity Field included: Adam Gaudette, Alex Cejka, Bob Menery, Bryson DeChambeau, Cameron Smith, Cameron Tringale, Carlos Ortiz, Charley Hoffman, Chez Reavie, David Booth, Dominic Bozzelli, Erik Anders Lang, Frankie Ballard, Jackson Breit, James Anderson, Jamie Lovemark, Jason Gore, JJ Spaun, Justin Williams, Katie Kearney, Ken Daneyko, Kevin Tway, Kyle Palmieri, Len Mattiace, Luke Donald, Luke List, MacKenzie Hughes, Max Homa, Michael Collins, Nick Taylor, Martin Trainer, Olindo Mare, Rafa Guerrero, Rickie Fowler, Robert Gamez, Rory McIlroy, Rory Sabbatini, Ryan Armour, Sam Ryder, Scott Langley, Scott Stallings, Suzy Whaley, Talor Gooch, Tom Lovelady, Wally Szczerbiak, Wyndham Clark and Zydruanas Ilgauskas.
Much of the field were Morgan’s peers on the PGA TOUR, many in town to compete in THE NORTHERN TRUST at Liberty National Golf Club. The tournament is the first stop in the FedExCup Playoffs.
“I don’t play golf for myself anymore,” said Morgan on Sunday evening. “(I play) to get the Foundation’s name out, and it’s for anyone who has muscular dystrophy in any shape and form. That’s really our goal going forward; to help people realize that they can get better.”
This year the Foundation chose to honor two individuals living with MD; 13-year-old Wyatt Rownd and 29-year-old Keegan Kilroy. Both were personally invited by Morgan and Chelsea to
attend the outing as this year’s Guest of Honors for exhibiting great character and attitude through their diagnosis.
Morgan and Chelsea also honored Elisabeth Kilroy, sister of Keegan Kilroy, who is currently earning a PhD in Biomedical Science at the University of Maine. She was awarded with a $10,000 grant that will be applied towards her ongoing research on physical exercises and MD.
“We’re both really excited that there’s people like (Elisabeth) out there,” said Chelsea. “People who are fighting for people like us who know that there are answers.”
The Foundation also announced their overarching mission of opening a Health & Wellness Center and has entered the first phase of planning. The Center aims to become a prime example of what can be available to individuals living with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular diseases, and will provide access to specialists, therapists and programs to help them realize their potential to live better lives both in mind, health, and body.