McHugh Named Honorary Chair of Hospital for Special Care 24th Annual Ivan Lendl Golf ClassicJanuary 14, 2019
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (January 21, 2019) – The 24th Annual Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) Ivan Lendl Golf Classic has named Larry McHugh, president of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, honorary chairman of this year’s event. The May 20, 2019 event will be held at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, home of the award-winning Travelers Championship and one of the premier golf courses in Connecticut. Each year the tournament raises funds for the HFSC Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp and year-round adaptive sports programs. More than $2 million has been raised to support these programs through the Ivan Lendl Golf Classic over the past 23 years.
“Our first year hosting the HFSC Ivan Lendl Golf Classic at TPC River Highlands was a phenomenal, sold-out success, raising more than $168,000 for our adaptive sports programs,” said Lynn Ricci, FACHE, president and CEO of HFSC. “With Larry’s energy and positive attitude, I know we can go even further this year to support our athletes. Coach McHugh understands the critical importance sports can have in the health and well-being of athletes of all ages and abilities.”
The Ivan Lendl Golf Classic is part of an impressive line-up of spring events at TPC River Highlands that benefit HFSC programs and services. The April 27, 2019 Mahoney Sabol 5k at the Travelers Championship and the Travelers Championship, June 19-23, 2019 help support the HFSC ALS Center of Excellence.
“I can’t imagine a more passionate ambassador than Larry. He has been a champion for HFSC through the years and we are so pleased to be able to recognize his contributions at the tournament this year,” said Ricci. “We are also grateful to Ivan Lendl and our master of ceremonies Bob Maxon, NBC Connecticut, as well to titanium sponsor Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc., our platinum sponsor Webster Bank and all of the sponsors who will make this year’s event a success.”
“Hospital for Special Care understands quality and commitment to community. They take great care of their patients and go above and beyond in the community through programs like adaptive sports and the Manes and Motions Therapeutic Riding Center,” said McHugh. “I am truly honored to be recognized at this year’s golf classic but the real champions are the athletes that compete in HFSC’s track and field, basketball, swimming, soccer and other sports events at the annual HFSC Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp and in year-round programs.”
HFSC is also pleased to recognize gold sponsors Downes Construction and the 21st Century Tolland Fund.