The 14th annual Bill Howard Golf Tournament to support and raise awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association will be held this Thursday, May 3 at Birdwood Golf Course in Charlottesville. If the disease has touched someone close to you, you already know that it is devastating and heartbreaking. Research is being done to find a cure and to find ways to keep the disease from progressing so quickly in those who have it. Support is needed, and creative ways to raise that support were, and still are, essential.
14 years ago, long-time Charlottesville commercial real estate agent Bill Howard started the Golf Tournament in remembrance of his father who died from Alzheimer’s disease. Howard’s family had turned to the Alzheimer’s Association for care and support when his father was diagnosed and he felt he needed to do his part to give back. Howard is the owner of Real Estate III Commercial Properties in Charlottesville and is an avid golfer himself. Charlottesville is certainly a golfing community, so creating a fun spring day on the greens was a smart choice for activity. The day after the tournament, a Gala and Silent Auction is always held for the folks who have participated in the tournament and their significant others. Dining, dancing, and general merriment all in support of a significantly important cause.
Local businesses are encouraged to bring golf teams to the tournament and are given many opportunities to be recognized for their support from hole signs to beer truck sponsorship. Many businesses who do not participate in the golf event will donate items for the Silent Auction at the Gala. The community really comes together to support this very important and worthy cause.
If you would like to play some golf this week with a terrific bunch of people, please visit BillHowardGolf.com or contact:
Leanne Probst, Events Manager
(434) 973-6122, ext. 109
This year the Alzheimer’s Association announced that Alzheimer’s disease has climbed from the number 7 cause of death in the United States to number 6 with more than 5.4 million people suffering from the disease. We are already witnessing in Central and Western Virginia a spike in the affected population as the 78 million Baby Boomer population ages. It is expected that one in eight Boomers, or almost 10 million Americans, will develop Alzheimer’s or dementia. Your support of the 14th Annual Bill Howard Golf Tournament and Kentucky Derby Gala and Silent Auction makes a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease in Central and Western Virginia.