"Courage is getting up in the morning every day to face a battle you know you can’t win.”

-- John Feinstein, author of Caddy for Life, on Bruce Edwards
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The 2015 Bruce Edwards Celebrity Classic was held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD on October 19, 2015. This was the first time the Classic was held at Congressional, home to several PGA tour events, including the 2011 US Open.

The day included a “best ball” tournament with golfers from the PGA and Senior PGA, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the tournament benefitted the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, which provides funding to scientists who collaborate to find treatments and a cure for ALS.

Since the first Bruce Edwards Celebrity Classic in 2005, more than $4.65 million has been raised for ALS research.  Celebrity golfers for the 2015 tournament included PGA golfers Tom Watson, Andy North, Paul Goydos, Olin Browne, and Steve Flesch; caddy Fluff Cowen; NCAA basketball coaches Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Fran Dunphy, Rick Barnes and Gary Williams; Golf Channel’s Gary Williams; former NBA great Sam Jones; sports broadcaster and writer Jimmy Roberts; former USGA Director David Fay; and NY Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Friedman.

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Thank you to the thousands of people who have donated to the Bruce Edwards Foundation through the Ice Bucket Challenge.  Millions of dollars for ALS organizations have been raised through this phenomenal campaign, and we’re thrilled to be included.  Keep participating and keep challenging, and thanks for your support!


Our story

In April 2004, Bruce Edwards, longtime friend and caddy of PGA golfer Tom Watson, died from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  Bruce actively worked on the Tour until just a few months before his death, and became the subject of the best-selling book Caddy for Life, written by renowned sports journalist John Feinstein.  

After Bruce’s death, Feinstein and Watson joined forces to create The Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research, which provides fund to medical research facilities dedicated to slowing the progression of and finding a cure for ALS.  The Foundation and its primary fundraiser, The Bruce Edwards Celebrity Golf Classic, fulfill a promise made to Bruce by Tom to help find a cure for this fatal disease.

To date, the Foundation has raised more than $4 million for critical research at the Packard Center at John Hopkins University as well as other ALS research facilities.  Our efforts will continue until a cure is found, and we appreciate the support of the celebrities, sponsors and players in our fundraising tournaments, and the network of local partners who donate to our Foundation.

Video of the Sixth Annual
Bruce Edwards
Celebrity Golf Classic

Feature from The Golf Channel on the
6th Annual Bruce Edwards Celebrity Golf Classic
(provided with permission of The Golf Channel)


A Message from Tom Watson ...

Dear Friends,

If I could make one wish, it is for all of us to “keep the faith.” It sounds like a phrase from the 1960’s, but it still rings true today in our battle to find a cure for ALS. When Bruce was diagnosed in early 2003, I promised him I would do what I could to find a cure. There is promising research being done at medical centers, universities and research facilities throughout the world, but it takes money and dedication to find a cure. ALS is considered an orphan disease, meaning there are not enough people afflicted with it to make it profitable for the giant pharmaceutical companies to search for treatments or a cure. Don’t let the fires burn out. Keep updated on the ALS information coming your way from any source you’d like. Our community needs all the help it can get. Thank you for your interest in the Bruce Edwards Foundation and keep the faith.



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