Press Release: With Support from Kelser Charity Challenge, Hospital for Special Care Launches Center for Cognitive Health
The 22nd Annual Kelser Charity Challenge will take place at Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Connecticut, on September 11, 2018, to benefit the Hospital for Special Care's new Center for Cognitive Health, which is slated to open October 30th. The golf tournament is organized by Glastonbury-based technology consulting firm Kelser Corporation and will also feature a silent auction, dinner reception and "heli drop"--in which a helicopter will drop golf balls onto the course.
Last year, the Kelser Charity Challenge raised $17,500 for the Center for Cognitive Health, which was then in the very preliminary stages under the working title Center for Memory Disorders. "It's wonderful to see that a year later, this program has gone from the idea stage to being on the verge of opening," says Kelser CEO and President Barry Kelly.
"We're privileged to devote Kelser's flagship charity fundraiser to helping the Hospital for Special Care apply their truly innovative approach to cognitive health," adds Kelly, whose brother and Kelser founder Bruce Kelly is living with Alzheimer's. As IT provider for the New Britain-based nonprofit, Kelly and the Kelser team are well versed in what the Hospital for Special Care accomplishes for its patients.
The HSC Center for Cognitive Health will offer a comprehensive outpatient assessment and treatment program for midlife to older adults who present cognitive decline associated with aging, especially Alzheimer's and Dementia. "The support from the Kelser Charity Challenge has been tremendous in bringing this project to fruition," says Lynn Ricci, President and CEO of Hospital for Special Care.
One unusual way the Kelser Charity will raise funds this year is through a heli drop, sponsored by Northeast Helicopters of Ellington, CT, and Kelser COO & CTO Jonathan Stone who trained to become a helicopter pilot at Northeast Helicopters. At 10am the day of the tournament, a helicopter will land on the 18th green at Indian Hill. Individuals can purchase numbered golf balls which will be dropped from the helicopter onto the green at noon. The person with the ball closest to the hole wins half the pot and the other half goes to the Hospital for Special Care.
"With the heli drop, we're excited to add something new and theatrical to the event this year," says event organizer, Kelser Marketing Manager Lisa Carroll. "It's just one more way to raise funds for this very important cause."
To register to play in the Kelser Charity Challenge, or for sponsorship information, visit: kelsercorp.com/2018charitychallenge
Center for Cognitive Health Launch Information
Andrew E. Budson, MD, author of Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What’s Normal, What’s Not and What to Do About It, will speak to physicians, referral sources, patients and community members about memory disorders and other cognitive health issues at HSC’s New Britain campus for the program’s official launch on October 30, 2018. Dr. Budson is Chief, Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology and Associate Chief of Staff for Education, VA Boston Healthcare System, Associate Director, Education Core Leader, Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center, Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine and Lecturer in Neurology, Harvard Medical School. Additional details forthcoming at hfsc.org.
About Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and the only one in the nation serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis.
More information: http://hfsc.org/
About Kelser Corporation and the Kelser Foundation
Since 1981, Kelser Corporation has helped organizations achieve their goals through technology. Based in Glastonbury, Kelser is proud to assist a wide variety of organizations in the Northeast—including some of the largest companies in Connecticut—in using technology to move their businesses forward. Kelser’s experienced team of technology consultants understand their clients’ businesses as deeply as the products and services Kelser provides. The result is technology that works on behalf of businesses, not the other way around.
Kelser is extremely active in volunteering and philanthropic activities contributing more than $900,000 and countless food items, man hours, and articles of clothing to those in need over the years. In 2011, the Kelser Foundation was created to expand and formalize these service efforts. In addition to the Kelser Charity Challenge, Kelser was the 2018 presenting sponsor of Manchester Community College’s Evening of Fine Wines and a sponsor of the Travelers Championship for the past 25 years, among many other events and initiatives.
More information: https://www.kelsercorp.com/kelser-foundation/