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A Thanksgiving Story

Patrick Quinn died Sunday at age 37 after a seven-year battle with ALS. He was a brave man- you have to be brave when you have ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The degenerative neuromuscular disease eventually robs its host of nearly every bodily ability, even swallowing. But the disease leaves the mind intact.

And Patrick used his mind to the utmost. He is credited with co-creating along with two other ALS sufferers, the hugely popular Ice Bucket Challenge  which in 2014 raised $220 million for the ALS Association.  If you’ll remember, people, including many celebrities, took selfies being doused with buckets of ice water and challenged their friends to do the same.

That funding allowed the Association to make important advances for treatments for ALS, in eye movement communication technology and helping patients and their families cope with the disease. Many lives have been made better because of the efforts of Patrick and his friends.

These advances have allowed what Patrick called “a new sense of hope”.

So, what does this story have to do with Thanksgiving?

Well isn’t hope really the unheralded twin of gratitude?

When we give thanks for what we have today, is there not an implied hope for tomorrow?

However you choose to celebrate, we at sportingAcause wish you a safe and thankful day.

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Ice Bucket Open

The Ice Bucket Open, 4th Annual will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Canaan Country Club, 74 High Street, Canaan, CT 06018.

The 18 hole, four-person scramble format event will be run in two flights.

The cost is $115 per person which includes green fees, continental breakfast, cart, lunch, on-course contests, prizes and awards. There will also be a raffle.

Only advance registrations will be accepted, by August 2nd- no exceptions. Last year, the morning flight filled up early and the entire tournament sold out well before tournament day.

Send registration and check to Jeannine Frink, 11 Ruth Cross Road, Colebrook, CT 06021.

Tournament day schedule is as follows:

7:30 am   Check in for morning flight, continental breakfast.

8:00 am  Shotgun start for morning flight

Noon   Lunch for both flights

12:30 pm  Check in for afternoon flight

1:00  pm   Shotgun start for afternoon flight.

Raffle and awards follow end of second flight (award winners need not be present)

For information about registration, sponsorship opportunities etc. call or text Jeannine at (203) 223-2688.

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter which provides equipment, transportation, and general support to ALS patients and their families.

To learn more about the ALS Association visit

Thank you to the following generous supporters:

Eric Kostak

Stony Brook Golf Course

263 Milton Road

Litchfield, CT  06759


Beth Ford

Candlewood Valley Country Club

401 Danbury Road

New Milford, CT  06776


Dino Gravanis

The Ranch Golf Club

65 Sunnyside Road

Southwick, MA   01077


Karen Madaus

Richter Park Golf Course

100 Aunt Hack Road

Danbury, CT  06811


Ron Pfaefflin

Norfolk Country Club

50 Golf Drive

Norfolk, CT   06058


Jon Urban

Copake Country Club

44 Golf Course Road

Craryville, NY  12521


Mark Levesque

Columbia Golf & Country Club

P. O. Box 646

Claverack, NY  12513


Jared Smith

Greenwoods Country Club

300 Torringford Street

Winsted, CT  06098


Jim Budney

Greenwoods Country Club

300 Torringford Street

Winsted, CT  06098


Tom Sullivan

Wyantenuck Country Club

P. O. Box 338

Great Barrington, MA   01230


Bob Ferrarotti

Fairview Farms Golf Course

300 Hill Road

Harwinton, CT  06791


Bud Pepin

Torrington Country Club

P. O. Box 837

Torrington, CT  06790


Mike DeFeo

159 South Borough Road

Southington, CT  06489


Ledgebrook Wine & Spirits

Attn:  Neil

200 New Hartford Road

Winsted, CT  06098


Mario’s Tuscany Grill

560 Main Street

Winsted, CT  06098


Tributary Restaurant

19 Rowley Street

Winsted, CT  06098


Al Nero

Gilson Cafe & Cinema

354 Main Street

Winsted, CT  06098



R & B Sport

19 Rowley Street

Winsted, CT  06098


Rowley Grill & Tap

19 Rowley Street

Winsted, CT  06098


Northwest Sporting Goods

178 Rowley Street

Winsted, CT  06098


Ann Lavieri

Allstate Insurance

40 Park Place E

Winsted, CT  06098

Chelsea Gomez

Ryan Gomez

Allstate Insurance

40 Park Place E

Winsted, CT  06098


Harvey & Marion Bullis

14 W. Goldfinch Court

Savannah, GA  31419


David Cappabianca

Mattress Firm

1912 East Main Street

Torrington, CT  06790


Robin Bergman

64 Deer Run Road

Watertown, CT  06795


Fran Marrello

84 Lake Plymouth Blvd

Plymouth, CT  06782


Winsted Precision Ball

159 Colebrook River Road

Winsted, CT  06098



Shawn Finney

Finney Electric LLC

72 Old turnpike Road N

Canaan, CT  06018


Knight’s Electrical Service, Inc.

Moe & Dolly Spadaccini

P. O. Box 64

Canaan, CT  06018


The Barden Foundation

1146 Barnum Avenue

Bridgeport, CT  06610



Leslie DiMartino

Riverton General Store, LLC

2 Main Street, P.O. Box 48

Riverton, CT  06065


Meredith Wise

Employers Association of the NE

67 Hunt Street, PO Box 1070

Agawam, MA   01001-6070


Mitchell Auto Group

71 Albany Tpke

Canton, CT  06019


Kimberly Perez

Golf Club of Avon

160 Country Club Road

Avon, CT  06001


Maria Schaechter

Schaeffler Group USA

308 Springhill Farm Road

Fort Mill, SC 29715




Tina Zucca

Pop’s Diner

85 Main Street

Canaan, CT  06018


Normand Wine & Spirit

361 North Main Street

Winsted, CT  06098

  Tony Troisi

T & J Screw Machine Products

27 Main Street

Oakville, CT  06779



Buddy Riva

CA Lindell

59 Church Street

Canaan, CT  06018

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Bob Frink

I only saw Bob Frink once, and from that moment wished that I had known him longer. I met him at the Canaan Country Club last August where he was hosting the 3rd Annual Ice Bucket Open Golf Tournament to raise money  for the  ALS Association, Connecticut Chapter.

Bob sat in a motorized wheelchair. He could no longer speak, but he could smile, and I think smiling is about the bravest thing you can do when you have ALS.

ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or, more commonly, Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder which means it robs the sufferer of muscular control starting with mobility and manual dexterity and eventually speech and the ability to breath. There is no cure, and it is always fatal. It stole those things from Bob, but it couldn’t rob his spirit, or the spirit of his wife Jeanine and their family. Much is asked of a family when a member has ALS.

Bob had served as greens keeper at CCC for 27 years, so a golf tournament at the Club was a natural for a fundraiser.  Well known and well loved, Bob’s friends organized the Open to raise money to help him out, but Bob decided the proceeds would go to ALS Association CT, the organization that has helped him and his family.

Bob passed away in February, but the Ice Bucket Challenge continues. It will be held this Saturday, August 10th, for the fourth year, at the Canaan Country Club in memory of Bob Frink.

The tournament has raised over $70,000 for ALS research over its three year run. 

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