The Fourth Annual Hope for Huntington's Golf Classic was held on September 21, 2005 at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukegan, Illinois. A total of 122 golfers played the club's course, and 242 people attended a dinner and live auction in the evening. Bruce Bertucci, of Bertucci's Restaurant in Highwood, served as auctioneer, and actor Billy Aaron Brown ("8 Simple Rules for Dating My Daughter") was the evening's celebrity guest. Other speakers were Dr. Sue Fox, assistant to Dr. Rick Morimoto of Northwestern University, and Dr. Kathleen Shannon of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.
Billy Aaron Brown, who is the national spokesperson for the Huntington's Disease Society of America, recently tested negative for the defective gene but has family members with HD. He spoke of the positive impact of celebrities who are becoming involved in fundraising and of their dynamic potential to raise awareness and generate resources. Dr. Fox and Dr. Shannon explained how funds are being used to continue research programs and discussed the new discoveries that will hopefully lead to new treatments and -- someday -- to a cure.
The event raised approximately $100,000.00, and the amount will be matched by a silent donor. All proceeds were donated to the Huntington's Disease Society of America and will be used to further research, raise awareness, and provide services to those suffering from Huntington's Disease and their families.
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