Golfers play Williams Syndrome benefit for George Cup

On Thursday, Sept. 18, Greenwich residents Doug and Lucy Coudert Conrod will host the fourth biannual George Cup Golf Tournament benefitting the Williams Syndrome Association at the Stanwich Club.

The day includes an 18-hole tournament with player awards and amazing hole-in-one prizes, including Maserati and Toyota automobiles and private jet charter services. Following the tournament golfers and guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, live music, dinner and silent and live auctions.

The live auction features some very unique items including a week in a French country farmhouse about an hour and half outside of Paris bordering Burgundy and Chablis; a golf trip for eight to Fishers and Nantucket islands by private plane; use of a Vail, Colo., penthouse footsteps from the slopes; and VIP tickets to the Project Runway finale.

The tournament is a tribute to George Conrod, an eight-year-old second grader attending North Street School in Greenwich. He faces challenges, but as anyone who has met George will attest, he will always look on the bright side and tends to make those around him feel special and put a smile on their face. There are an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 individuals with Williams syndrome in the United States. It is a rare genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone. It is characterized by cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.

The Williams Syndrome Association is the most comprehensive resource for people and families living with Williams Syndrome worldwide, as well as doctors, researchers and educators. It provides resources, support, and the latest medical information in order to help individuals with Williams syndrome reach their full potential. The WSA funds research, provides resources and education to families, hosts camps and conventions, provides scholarships, medical assistance and facilitates programming for children and adults with WS.

The George Cup is the premier event for the Williams Syndrome Association. Since its inception in 2009, the tournament has raised more than a half million dollars for medical research, education and housing initiatives. This event cannot be made possible without the tireless help of the George Cup committee made up of longtime Greenwich residents and friends of the Conrods: Nanci Borde, Sara and Chris Crowley, Susan Harris, Michelle Howe, Carol and Don McGuire, Julie Petrizzo, Fiona and David Roth and aided by two WS families, the Taylors and Kostuchenkos.

For more information about Williams syndrome and the George Cup, visit Georgecup.com.

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