First Annual "Swing to Cure Diabetes" Golf Outing
The 2008 Swing to Cure Diabetes Golf Outing was held May 19, 2008, at The University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Proceeds from the event will support the research efforts of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center (MCDC) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
This event was a resounding success and would not have been possible without the leadership and dedication of Event Chairs and U-M alumni, Rich and Christine Hewlett. Some may recognize Rich as an attorney with the law firm of Butzel Long and a former U-M quarterback. For Rich and Christine, their greatest honor is being the proud parents of Jeffrey, 13, and Joey, 10. Jeffrey was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 4. Since that day, the Hewletts have been champions for a cure. They remain steadfast and committed to doing all that they can to prevent and find a cure for this disease.
The dinner program included remarks by Rich Hewlett, Ronald Dooley – Board President of the Metro Detroit & Southeast Michigan Chapter of the JDRF, and Peter Arvan, M.D., - Director of the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center. The most impactful words of the evening were expressed by Jeffrey as he shared that he doesn’t remember what life was like without diabetes and how each and everyday the first thing he does is poke his finger to check his glucose levels and then gives himself an injection of insulin.
He went on to share that he doesn’t let diabetes prevent him from leading an active and full life. Jeffrey plays football, basketball, baseball, golf, runs track, and is a member of his junior high school’s student council. He closed by expressing his appreciation to everyone for their participation with the golf outing and for joining with him and his family to help find a cure for diabetes.
The Hewletts engaged a number of sponsors, supporters, and volunteers who helped to make the event so successful. Butzel Long took the lead as Tournament Sponsor. The Alvin L. Glick Foundation and Community Resource Management Company supported the event as Gold Sponsors. Silver Sponsors included J.B. Realty, Inc.; Jack Doheny Companies; The Beaumont Foundation; John E. Green Company; Conway MacKenzie & Dunleavy; Bayer Healthcare-Diabetes Care; and Robert, Linda, Laura, & Tommy Patek.
More than 60 individuals and companies partnered with the event through beverage & snack sponsorships, hole sponsorships, in-kind donations, and cash gifts. Volunteer support came from the Hewlett’s family and friends, and staff from Butzel Long, the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center, The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the University of Michigan Golf Course.
Cathy Schembechler, wife of the late Bo Schembechler, and Lloyd Carr served as Celebrity Chairs and spent the morning greeting and meeting the many golfers and volunteers who participated in the day’s activities.
The evening program included both a silent and live auction. Many sports memorabilia items along with gift certificates to local restaurants, golf courses, and spas services were available in the silent auction. Live auction items included a Detroit Red Wings jersey autographed by Nicklas Lidstrom; a football autographed in 1999 by Bo Schembechler and Don Camden; and a golf package with accommodations for four to the spectacular Garland Resort in Lewiston, Michigan.
Plans will soon be underway for the 2009 Swing to Cure Diabetes Golf Outing. Continue to visit the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center website for event updates as they become available.