Annual Trump golf tournament boosts Abilis


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Fred Trump, in background, has been a driving force behind the annual tournament because of all Abilis has done to help his son William, at left, and others with developmental disabilities.

Gear up for tee up as Golf for Abilis is back and set for Monday, June 9.

For the third year in a row, the golf for a good cause event will take place at the Trump National golf course in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and will include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as 18 holes of golf on one of the most exclusive courses in the tri-state area. And it will all be to benefit the Greenwich-based Abilis, which helps people with developmental disabilities live independently.

Greenwich resident Fred Trump will host the event for the third year in a row.

“People love this event,” Mr. Trump said. “It is a tremendous venue with a great course, great food and great people.”

The funds that are raised from the outing go directly to Abilis services, which help developmentally disabled people throughout their life. The not-for-profit organization provides a wide range of services for babies all the way through to senior citizens, helping them live full lives and get jobs.

Also returning for the third year in a row will be former Greenwich High School standout golfer Danny Guise. Mr. Guise now attends Wake Forest University.

Not only will Mr. Guise play in the golf outing, but he will also conduct a contest called “Putt against the kid.”

“People will be invited to try and putt against him,” Mr. Trump said. “So far, no one has done it yet. He is a tremendous kid and a tremendous golfer.”

But golf, food and drinks are not the only things on the agenda; there will also be some high-end items up for auction.

Some of the auction items include a four-night, five-day stay at Casa de Campo in Dominican Republic, a two-night trip to Half Moon Bay Club in Jamaica, a two-week stay in a two-bedroom condo on Cape Cod Bay and a week stay in an eight-bedroom house in Stratton, Vt.

New this year, Mr. Trump said, is two grill stations along the course, in case golfers work up an appetite during the game, and also the chance to get a pre-game massage.

“My goal this year is not only to raise money but I’m also trying to raise awareness in our community about the cause,” Mr. Trump said. “ I want to get new people involved and also younger people involved so that they will continue to help Abilis throughout the years.”

The Golf for Abilis event hits close to home for Mr. Trump, as Abilis played a major part in the early years of his youngest child’s life. His youngest son William was diagnosed with a severe seizure disorder and spent the first two months of his life in the hospital. After being released from the hospital William received care from Abilis.

“Honestly, we haven’t used their services for many years,” Mr. Trump said. “But when you come to Abilis, you see how people’s lives have changed. They help people become productive members of society. How can we not help people who are just trying to better themselves and become better parts of our community?”

Director of Communications for Abilis Joy Haenlein said the organization is excited about the event.

“We are incredibly grateful for Golf for Abilis, Fred Trump and all of our supporters,” Ms. Haenlein said. “Funds raised through Golf for Abilis and other means will help people of all ages with developmental disabilities to become more independent and enjoy all the amazing things our community has to offer.”

This year’s golf outing is sold out, and Trump said they are expecting to host about 100 golfers.

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