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Golf tournament set for May 18

May 11, 2015

For golfers who took part in the 2013 and 2014 Baystate Children’s Hospital Golf Tournaments, it is easy to see just how critical fundraising is for the health of local children.

The new Play Deck

Proceeds from the 2013 and 2014 tournaments completely funded a recent $275,000 renovation of the Baystate Children’s Hospital Play Deck, a whimsical space dedicated to play and respite from illness for kids receiving care. The room features spaces dedicated to a number of different themes, including art and art therapy, reading, electronics and gaming, and an area for toddlers.

“The new Play Deck is a wonderful example of how a single event—a day of golf—can change the lives of kids in our region for years to come,” said Jane Albert, executive director of the Baystate Health Foundation.

This year's proceeds

Improvements to Baystate Children’s Hospital must continue, so that the youngest and most vulnerable patients in our community are able to be properly cared for. Money raised this year will support medical technology advances, research, and patient comfort amenities.

“Past tournaments have been incredibly successful. This year we’ve set an even more ambitious goal of $200,000,” Albert said.

The 2015 golf tournament, the 24th annual, is set to tee off at Longmeadow Country Club in Longmeadow and the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick on Monday, May 18.

What to expect

On the day of the event, registration begins at 10 a.m. at The Ranch Golf Club and Longmeadow Country Club. The Bramble-style tournament will feature on-course hospitality from Lattitude Restaurant in West Springfield and Williams Distributing Corp. in Chicopee; as well as a longest drive, closest to the pin and hit the green contests on the course.

Following a great day of golf, tournament guests will be treated to an over-the-top dinner spread created by Chef Jeffrey Daigneau of Lattitude Restaurant.

“This is our fourth year taking part in the tournament and it’s truly an honor to know that we’re helping children in need, right here in our community,” said Lattitude owner and Chef Jeffery Daigneau.

Health New England will serve as the tournament’s presenting sponsor. Golfers will have the opportunity to win a luxury golf trip to the Lexus Champions for Charity Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach, courtesy of major supporter Balise Lexus

“The money raised by this golf tournament is so vital to the Children’s Hospital. Partnering with Lexus Champions for Charity, we at Balise Lexus encourage all children to realize their full potential and pursue their dreams. Baystate Children’s Hospital gives children back the ability to pursue their dreams one miracle at a time. We are pleased to support such a worthy cause,” says Tim Cardillo, General Manager at Balise Lexus.

Supporting local children

Additional projects that were funded last year by Children’s Miracle Network Hospital initiatives include pediatric research activities and staff support, Child Life program needs, the annual NICU graduation, a special Pediatric Infectious Diseases Patient and Family Support Program, an experience guide at the High Street Health Center, and Spirt of the Child materials.

Baystate Children's Hospital provides advanced medical care to infants, children, and adolescents in an environment that focuses exclusively on the needs of children and families in the region. The facility provides complete critical care programs, including the region's only Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units, as well as pediatric inpatient services, child life specialists, an emergency room just for kids, and outpatient specialty services.

For sponsorship information, contact the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Office at 413-794-1486 or email In addition to golfing sponsorships, tickets to the evening program are available for purchase. The tournament will sell out, so early registration is advised.