The Annual Silver Fox Classic Golf Outing
ARPF had the pleasure of attending this year’s Silver Fox Classic Golf Outing in honor of Ron S. In years’ past, weather threatened the tournament’s opening. Somehow, every year, the skies have cleared just in time for players to tee off. This year was no different. The Canadian wildfires sent smoke all down the east coast – coating New England in a haze for many days. Players were nervous that the air quality would be unfit to be outside and that the outing would be canceled.
Nevertheless, the skies turned blue. Many people quipped, “that’s thanks to Ron.” The golf outing went on as planned and smiles were seen at every hole – even those who didn’t do as well as planned were having a great time. Educational Programs Manager Chelsea Pyne organized a team to play. “I’m so thankful I got to join in the fun this year. People really show up for Ron and his family. His son Todd and his wife Danielle, friend George, and many others work so hard to make this event a success. It’s heartwarming to see how this community has come together to remember Ron and support those who are going through similar struggles,” Chelsea said.
Ron passed away in 2017 from Alzheimer’s disease. “We wanted to honor my father’s legacy and raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness and prevention. The tournament was a huge success with many golfers and supporters joining the fun. The best part was seeing the genuine happiness and gratefulness on the faces of so many who thanked me for our efforts. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. In addition, it gives me comfort knowing that so many chose to take a day simply to remember my father. Many mentioned how much they missed him and spoke to the quality of a Man that he was. It is a day that his memory and legacy are lifted up for his friends and family to remember. And finally, I think I speak for all who participated… it feels good to assist in the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation’s continued efforts to prevent and combat these challenging disorders,” Todd said.
“The players, volunteers, and sponsors were terrific. Everyone was so welcoming and fun. Having a community, being outside, socializing with friends, giving back… these are all important parts of brain health. Everyone walked away feeling good at the end of the day. ARPF is so honored to be part of this event and able to help hold Ron’s memory dear,” Chelsea added.
The Silver Fox Golf Outing doubles as an opportunity to give others the hopeful and empowering message of prevention. The first step, Todd said, is that anyone who struggles with their memory needs to speak up.
“If you notice things are happening, it’s important to find out more. You need to speak up and see somebody because in our case, we could have dealt with it a little bit differently or even down the road have treated it differently. If my father would have spoken out about how he was feeling, he may have had either more help or more emotional support. Take a step back if you are one of those people that are having some concerns with your health. Speak up because there are things that can be done. Even researching an organization like ARPF. At the very least, don’t just ignore it, go look for some support because it’s out there and it makes a huge difference.”
Todd’s message is crucial. If you are experiencing memory loss, brain fog, or forgetfulness, now is the time to be proactive. Reach out to your family, friends, community, and take advantage of our many resources to get your brain health back to optimal function.
ARPF CEO Kirti Khalsa added, “It’s outpouring love from a community. A true blessing to see people come together in remembrance and to give back to an organization like ARPF – we strive to help families through this journey with education, research, resources, and support. We are so thankful for Todd’s family and friends who are making positive changes so that others have the tools to maintain their brain health and longevity.”
Your ARPF sends a huge Thank You to Todd, and all the volunteers, sponsors, donors, golfers, friends, and family who made the Annual Silver Fox Classic Golf Outing possible. We are so grateful for your generosity. Through your efforts, we will continue to speak up, reach out, and support those suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer’s.