Fifth Annual
Hope for Huntington's Golf Classic


The Fifth Annual Hope for Huntington's Golf Classic and Dinner was held on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukegan, Illinois. A total of 123 golfers played the club's course, and 245 people attended a dinner and live auction in the evening. The level of enthusiasm for this annual event continues to amaze us, and we are truly grateful to everyone involved for their constant support.

Bruce Bertucci, of Bertucci's Restaurant in Highwood, conducted the live auction, which raised over $33,000.00. Auction items varied from autographed photos of sports figures to dinner for 50 at Bertucci's Restaurant.

Diners at this year's event were presented with a special "Willow Tree" figurine representing the spirit of hope. We owe thanks to Angela of Fiddlesticks in Dallas, TX for her generous help in obtaining these figurines, which are the work of Kansas City artisan Sue Lordi Marker.

The evening's guest speakers were Barbara Boyle, Executive Director and CEO of HDSA; Dr. Kathleen Shannon, Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center; Dr. Richard Morimoto, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Northwestern University; and Dr. Jeffrey H. Kordower, Professor of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center.

All of the speakers referred to recent ground-breaking discoveries as proof that there is new hope on the horizon for a cure for HD. The amazing teamwork between scientists working in different continents has put us on the "last track" in the fight against HD, and it is now more important than ever that continued funding is made available for future research.

This year's event raised over $120,000.00, and the amount will be matched by a silent donor. All monies will benefit the HDSA Center of Excellence at Chicago Rush Medical Center, as well as the research by Dr. Morimoto and Dr. Kordower.

Thank you again to all of you who, in one way or another, contributed to this year's Hope for Huntington's and helped to make it the most successful evening ever. With your help we have been able to raise almost $1,000,000.00 for research and to help in the opening of the HDSA Center of Excellence in Chicago. Although we don't know what the future has in store, it is our hope that with continued support and research we will someday be able to conquer this horrific disease.




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