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Upstate Open golf tournament

Upstate Open raises more than $125,000 for Upstate initiatives

The Upstate Foundation’s 33rd annual Upstate Open, held July 24 at Timber Banks Golf Club in Baldwinsville, raised more than $125,000. These funds will help support research on Lyme and tick-borne diseases, as well as unmet needs for patients and palliative care needs.

Solvay Bank was Presenting Sponsor of the tournament.

The highlight of the day was a hole-in-one scored by Jim Murray of E-Plus.

“This year’s Upstate Open validated once again the importance of the Upstate Foundation’s mission of supporting patient care, education, and biomedical research in our region,” said Toni Gary, tournament director and associate vice president of community relations and development for Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital/Upstate Foundation. “Just as important, it tangibly demonstrated the support for our mission by the Upstate Medical University family, Central New York businesses, and our community as a whole. Everyone enjoyed a day of golf while adhering to COVID-19 protocols for social distancing.”

According to Gary, the total of funds raised over the past 33 years is now more than $1.2 million, with proceeds supporting a range of Upstate health initiatives, including: a recent renovation of the pediatric emergency room, pediatric mental health services, the Nappi Longevity Institute, the Golisano Center for Special Needs, and renovation and expansion of the maternity unit at Upstate Community Hospital.

Gary added that the 2020 event’s success was achieved due to 180 participating golfers and corporate sponsors, Timber Banks staff, numerous Upstate volunteers and the tournament committee led by Stuart Wright, chief financial officer for Upstate University Hospital.

Click here to view pictures from the event.


Caption: Jim Murray, second from left, scored a hole-in-one at the 2020 Upstate Open. Murray, of tech company E-Plus, is joined, from left, by E-Plus colleague Gary Gray, along with Upstate's Kelly Hartman and Mark Zeman.  The event raised $125,000 for Upstate projects.