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Hole-in-one Tournament

On September 20, 2005, Bruce and Meryl Raiffe of Warren, New Jersey hosted an 18 hole, hole-in-one tournament to raise funds for the University of Michigan Scleroderma Program. Bruce is CEO of Gund Inc., and Meryl is President of Allbook Inc. They are leaders of various New Jersey-based fundraising activities and strong supporters of James R. Seibold, M.D., Director of the University of Michigan Scleroderma Program.

 


Bruce Raiffe

Meryl Raiffe


The tournament was held at the The Hamilton Farm Golf Club ("HFGC") Hickory Course in Gladstone, New Jersey -- the only 18 hole USGA par three rated course in the United States. Prior to the tournament, some participants relaxed in their well appointed private rooms at the HFGC Mansion.

The tournament was descriptively named "Drive to Ride" because a brand new car was awarded to the first participants to score a hole-in-one on each of the 18 holes -- 18 brand new cars in all! In addition to the 18 cars, a $1,000 putting contest was held at the end of tournament play.


Putting Contest

A separate closest to the pin contest was also held with a brand new Mustang Convertible given to the player hitting the ball over the water and closest to the pin on the 9th hole.

Another tournament highlight was cocktails and a casual dinner for the participants and their guests, with dinner being prepared by HFGC's extraordinary Chef Bruno Gubelmann.


Closest to the Pin

Dinner and cocktails were served around the 10th tee to allow everyone an opportunity to watch the "Drive to Ride" participants.


Bruce Raiffe & Dr. James Seibold


Following dinner and end of tournament play, a silent auction was held. Participants were given the opportunity to bid on foursome golf packages at other incredible golf courses, art work, and other fabulous items.

 

The Scleroderma Program extends special thanks to Bruce and Meryl Raiffe for their tireless efforts in hosting this extremely successful event. The Drive to Ride tournament raised more than $300,000 for scleroderma research at the University of Michigan. We are very pleased to announce that the Raiffes have agreed to host this event again on September 19, 2006.
For more information on this year's Drive to Ride tournament, please contact:

Nancy Laracey
Program Manager
University of Michigan Scleroderma Program
7C27 NIB
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5422

 

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