Once again, my favorite day of the year, the 16th Annual Fuzzy Buzzy Golf Tournament. The tournament began in 1986 by Uncle Buzzy with a few guys having some fun and playing golf. As the years passed, Buzzy wanted to put some meaning behind the tournament. He decided to make the Fuzzy Buzzy an annual charity event to raise money for the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance. The first year about 50 players raised $2,400 for FARA. This year, the course was completely full with 148 golfers and for the first time I had to turn away foursomes, and we raised $21,000.
The day started early arriving at the course at 10am to set up for the day. As more and more players arrived, I became increasingly overwhelmed with the support from friends and family. Registration, beginning at noon, and the 1:30 shotgun start time flew by and then it was time for "Lunch with Felicia and fellow FA friends." This year we were honored to have Felicia DeRosa, FARAs Program Director, join us for lunch and a Q&A. Felicia is such an amazing and dedicated woman. We are so lucky to have her on our team. After lunch, we headed out to the closest green where everyone gathers to watch the putting contest which runs throughout the beautiful sunny although slightly chilly day.
The golfers started to trickle in around 6pm. These hungry golfers had steak and chicken waiting for them. After dinner, there were speeches from Felicia and fellow Ambassador Program member Alex Fielding. The winning team received their recognition and awards and the raffle winners collected their prizes.
Next year, the Sunday after Labor Day and opening day for the Patriots, we will again be golfing for FARA.