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Ultimately, A Great Golf Experience Unites Friends, Supports CF Research

November 25, 2008

 Gio Award winner Jim Hynd and first runner-up Kathleen Madigan pose after their to-the-wire finish at the UGE tournament.
Gio Award winner Jim Hynd and first runner-up Kathleen Madigan pose after their to-the-wire finish at the UGE tournament.

Carole Griego, M.D. remembers well what it was like as a young physician to care for CF patients in the 1990s. “You always knew which rooms the CF kids were in,” she says. “You could hear their breathing machines humming, you could hear all the pounding of their backs and chests all the way down the hall.”

So when Carole’s own child, Jennifer, was born with CF, the Griegos knew they were in for the battle of a lifetime. And they knew the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was on their side. “Thanks to the Foundation, CF children are now having a significantly better quality of life and living longer,” she said. "For all they have done, I am deeply grateful.” 

With her positive spirit and her rock-solid determination to find a cure for CF, Carole set the tone for the Foundation’s 14th annual Ultimate Golf Experience, a weekend of spectacular golf and topnotch entertainment.

Sharing in that determination, the 120 golfers and their families at the Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa in Arizona helped raise several hundred thousands of dollars to support the quest for a cure.

Invaluable Friends of the Foundation

Over the course of three days, new friendships blossomed, and old friendships were renewed. At a special presentation during the weekend, the Foundation paid tribute to Sheri Mount, one of the event’s founders and co-chair for the past 13 years, who passed away this past summer. Even though Sheri did not have a family member with CF, she developed deep ties with CF families.

An inspiration to all who knew her, she dedicated her energy and enthusiasm to helping to raise money for a cure. Over the years, Sheri and her husband, David, a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, helped raise millions of dollars for CF research through their participation in many CF activities, especially in their home, for the Southern California Chapter.

At this year’s UGE, David, his daughter, Sue, and son, David, Jr., presented the first Sheri Mount Champion for a Cure award to Foundation friend Richard G. Post, of Vero Beach, Fla., for caring so deeply about the Foundation’s mission, consistently sharing the CF story and making a difference in the lives of people with the disease.

Renowned comedian and Foundation friend Lewis Black is always a huge hit at UGE. This year, Black was named an honorary chair of the Foundation.
Renowned comedian and Foundation friend Lewis Black is always a huge hit at UGE. This year, Black was named an honorary chair of the Foundation.

Lewis Black, a beloved mainstay of UGE over the past 14 years, was once again on hand to entertain the crowd, serve as emcee, and  add his good-natured presence and great good humor to the weekend’s proceedings.

This year, Black also brought along comedians Kathleen Madigan of “Last Comic Standing” fame, in addition to the very funny John Bowman, to lend even more humor to the festivities.

Black has performed at practically every UGE since its inception in 1995. A devoted friend to the Foundation, his steadfast commitment to raising awareness about the urgent need for a cure for CF has never ceased.

For his unflagging support and great dedication to the CF mission, Black was named an honorary trustee of the CF Foundation, an honor given to a select few of the Foundation’s most cherished and longstanding friends.

A Down-to-the-Wire Tournament Finish!

Serious golfers played amidst the spectacular Arizona desert rock formations and foothills, competing for the coveted “Gio Award,” a UGE tradition, named in loving memory of Giovanni Villani. Giovanni, a young man with CF who passed away at age 14, was a competitive golfer who eagerly participated in UGE and had a special friendship with the UGE “family,” including David and Sheri Mount. 

Gio inspired many to support the Foundation in its early years, and his memory endures to this day. After a crowd-pleasing, hotly contested competition for first place between golfers Jim Hynd and comedian Kathleen Madigan, this year’s award went to first-time UGE attendee Jim Hynd, of Solvay Pharmaceuticals. 

C. Richard Mattingly, Foundation executive vice president and COO said, “UGE is far more than an opportunity to get together with friends and play terrific golf. Above all, we come together to support a mission that touches each of us deeply—finding a cure so that thousands of children and adults with CF throughout the country can enjoy long and healthy lives.”

Thanks a Million

The Foundation would like to thank Board member and Event Chair David Mount for his tireless efforts in making this year’s UGE a resounding success.

We’d also like to extend our deepest gratitude to our corporate sponsors:

  • Outstanding Corporate Sponsor American Airlines®
  • Hospitality Sponsor Altus Pharmaceuticals
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor Phelps Trucking

Congratulations to the final four competitors for the Gio Award:

  • Jim Hynd
  • Kathleen Madigan
  • Rick Roche
  • Bernie Johnson

Get Involved!

Read details and be one of the first to sign up for the 2009 Ultimate Golf Experience, which will be hosted at the Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas.

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