Updated July 7, 2020:
Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Michigan, PGA Tour decisions and guidelines, and a maintained focus on the health and safety of participants, the David E. Rutledge Charity Golf Outing has been canceled. However, the 2021 Charity Golf Outing has been scheduled for July 12, 2021.
The event — which has raised more than $1 million since its inception in 1996 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research — will take place next year at the award-winning Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti.
The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter will host the David E. Rutledge Charity Golf Outing, presented by US Ecology and Absopure, on Monday, July 13 at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Ypsilanti. Chairing the event since its inception in 1996 is former State Representative David Rutledge, who began the event to honor his mother, and help find a cure.
The outing will observe all heightened COVID-19 precautions recommended by the CDC, the
State of Michigan and the PGA.
“Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease—one that took my mom from a very vibrant woman to a person unable to recognize her own family,” Rutledge says. “Even though the event will look different this year, we still expect to have a great time in a safe environment while providing generous financial assistance to the Alzheimer’s Association, which continues to assist families even in these difficult times.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and more than 16 million family and friends provide 18.6 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Last year, that care had an estimated economic value of $244 billion.
This year’s Alzheimer’s Association Golf Outing, one of the longest-running golf outings in Southeastern Michigan, is expected to add more than $50,000 to the nearly $1.2 million raised over the past two decades, funding research, care and support to those impacted by the disease. Despite these successes, there is still work to be done.
“We’re so grateful to David and all those involved with the David E. Rutledge Charity Golf Outing for consistently raising awareness and support of Alzheimer’s in Michigan,” says Jennifer Lepard, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter. “Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the only leading cause for which there is no prevention, treatment or cure. The David E. Rutledge Charity Golf Outing helps shine a light on this disease and supports Alzheimer’s care, support and research.”
Registration for the event will open at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The event includes lunch, golfing, a DJ and a helicopter ball drop. Registration is $250 per golfer and can be secured by calling 734.548.9085 or visiting bit.ly/rutledgegolfouting
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