DETROIT – For 15 years, the Ted Lindsay Foundation Celebrity Golf Outing has enjoyed excellent weather while raising important funds for research to find a cure for autism.
The legendary Red Wing hopes Mother Nature will cooperate for a 16th straight time this September.
“So far, touch wood, we’ve never been rained out,” Lindsay said. “We had a couple of drops of rain at the start last year but before they got the first hole in the sun came out. So hopefully it continues.”
Current Red Wings will join the team’s coaching staff, alumni and other local luminaries at Lindsay’s 16th annual fund raiser, which returns to Wabeek Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.
The event will be held Sept. 12.
The 18-hole scramble with a shotgun start begins at 12 p.m. The dinner and awards program, with open bar and silent and live auctions, will kick off at 6 p.m.
All proceeds from the golf outing go toward the Ted Lindsay Foundation’s mission to raise funds to support research and educational programs, focusing on the cause and management of autism spectrum disorders.
In 2001, the Red Wings’ legend and Hockey Hall of Famer, who turns 91 years old this Friday, established the foundation, along with John Czarnecki, the father of a young son with autism.
The foundation raises funds through its annual golf outing, which has received tremendous support from the Red Wings and other local celebrities. Since its inception, they have raised more than $2.6 million for autism research.
The Red Wings have been tremendous supporters of Lindsay’s foundation as every player in the last 15 years has played in the outing.
During his final few seasons with the Red Wings, Sergei Fedorov donated $4,000 a year to the Courage Award, which was presented to deserving parents of an autistic child.
“Every Red Wing in 15 years has come to the golf outing to be the celebrities in the foursomes," Lindsay said. "It’s expensive to play but all the money goes to autism research."
“They’ve all been great from Stevie Yzerman to Chris Chelios to Sergei Fedorov to Henrik (Zetterberg) today. It will go off well because the players are good. Henrik will make sure the players are there and I’ve kept my nose clean and have been a good representative.”
Lindsay is as proud of what his foundation has accomplished as he is of his illustrious 17 seasons in the National Hockey League.
“It’s gone by so fast but I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “Around the time of the golf outing we should be having a grand opening for the HOPE Center. We have a great board of directors who have donated a $1 million to Beaumont Hospital for the center on Greenfield Road just before 13 Mile.”
The HOPE Center is a family-focused facility where several behavioral intervention programs for children and families are offered through hands-on parent education.
Proceeds from this year’s event will go directly to autism research efforts.
To secure a foursome, please contact Lew LaPaugh at 248-202-6194, or Don Fichter at 248-755-8026.