"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 2013 Bruce Edwards Celebrity Classic
 
Just Announced!!  The Bruce Edwards Foundation will hold its seventh Bruce Edwards Celebrity Golf Classic on June 18, 2013!  This year’s event will take place at a new location, the beautiful Whitemarsh Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania.  Proceeds from the tournament will support research into treatments and a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).    

This event is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser, and the past six tournaments have raised more than $4 million for ALS research.  This year’s edition will feature a “best ball” tournament format with several celebrity players (including PGA golfers Tom Watson and Andy North), followed by a dinner with a live and a silent auction.  

This year we are proud to partner with the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust and the Golf Association of Philadelphia for our Celebrity Classic dinner.  Proceeds from the dinner will be split with the Scholarship Trust, which provides financial assistance to qualified caddies of member clubs of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.  Since its formation in 1958, more than $16 million has been given in undergraduate tuition payments to more than 3,250 deserving caddies.  As an ardent fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies and one of the best-known caddies on the PGA Tour, we think Bruce would be proud of this new partnership!  

For more information on the tournament, please click on the “Bruce Edwards Celebrity Golf Classic” golf ball on the left.

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.

Sincerely,

 

 
(c) 2013 The Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research