Today 18 teams of local golfers, plus volunteers, gathered at Briar Leaf Golf Club in La Porte to participate in Scramblin' for Alzheimer's. This gold tournament, hosted by Team Beach Bums, was an excellent way for local golfers to enjoy golf on a nice summer day while helping raise money for Alzheimer research.
Chew Cizewski, a member of Beach Bums, is a strong advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association. This golf outing is one of many yearly events he and the Beach Bums put on to support the cause. Last year the Beach Bums were able to raise $15,000 for Alzheimer’s research.
Cizewski works hard to raise money because he and the other members of his team have been personally affected by Alzheimer’s disease.
“Each one of the members of Beach Bums has had a person diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s,” said Cizewski. “From a personal standpoint, my mother-in-law passed away about four years ago, so we do what we can to raise money.”
Today’s outing was an 18-hole scramble featuring 18 teams of four. Golfers were spread out throughout the course, and everyone teed off at 1. Golf was not the only activity today, there was also lunch and a 50/50 raffle. The raffle included prizes like Cubs tickets, White Sox tickets, custom Notre Dame cornhole boards, and more. Cizewski was excited to get to the first tee box, but he explained what his real goal for the day was.
“My goal today is to make sure everyone has a great time today as the host,” said Cizewski.
Briar Leaf Golf Club was excited to be able to help Cizewski host his event supporting a good cause. Jay Williams, PGA Golf Professional at Briar Leaf, explained why Briar Leaf enjoys putting on these kinds of events and what today’s outing means to him.
“It’s really nice to host charity outings where you’re raising money for great causes,” said Williams. “This event is near and dear to this family’s heart because of what they’ve gone through, and this family is friends of mine, so for me, it’s really special to put together an outing like this for friends.”
Cizewski commended all the work that Williams and Briar Leaf do to help groups like his host charity events and raise money for good causes.
“Jay Williams has been nothing short of professional and outstanding support for us,” said Cizewski. “I came to Jay and talked to him about this event and was all on board. He said, ‘Whatever you need Chew, I’ll help in any way possible.’ We owe Jay and Briar Leaf a big thank you.”