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An estimated one million people in the United States and over five million worldwide are living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s affects one in 100 people over the age of 60. While Parkinson’s is a movement disorder, it also brings non-movement related symptoms. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s. We are fortunate to live in the CSRA which is home to one of the National Parkinsons Foundation Center’s of Excellence, the Movement Disorder Program, at GRU in Augusta, GA

On June 2, 2014, we will be holding the 6th annual PAR fore Parkinson’s golf tournament at The Reserve Club at Woodside in Aiken, SC. The net proceeds of this event will benefit the Movement Disorders Program at Georgia Regents University Augusta formerly Medical College of Georgia. With your help, we will:

  • Enable the fellowship program to provide the specialized training needed for physicians to give exceptional care to PD patients in our area and around the world.

  • Allow the local experts of Movement Disorders to continue to improve research and clinical trials.

  • Reach out to our local community professionals and educate them on how to best care for and support patients and caregivers.

Play will be organized in a 4-person Scramble-Captain’s Choice format. In addition to golf, breakfast and lunch will be served and a tee gift will be given to all golfers. Prizes will be given for a hole-in-one. Mulligans will be available for an additional fee. Your donations of dollars, goods, or services are tax deductible and are absolutely essential to making this fundraiser a success. In appreciation, we will be happy to prominently recognize your company at the event, as well as on our website. Please consider becoming a sponsor at one of these levels:

  • GOLD $500 + Includes – 1 team of 4 players and logo display event wide

  • SILVER $300+ Includes – 2 players and logo display at the clubhouse and at a hole

  • BRONZE $200 + Includes registration for 1 player and logo display at a hole

  • Individual $100+ Hole signage and Lunch

Please make checks payable to PAR fore Parkinson’s and send to:

PAR fore Parkinson’s

2031 Cardigan Drive

Aiken, SC 29803

Michael and Lani Snug – Co-Chairs 803-643-1788

PAR fore Parkinson’s Inc.

EIN: 27-3983678 (A 501 (c ) (3) Non-Profit)


Golden Boys win 2012 PAR Fore Parkinson’s

Mike Benko calls them the Golden Boys – a foursome that recently participated in his charitable golf tournament and came out on top.

Bob Jolley, 81, Jim Ross, 75, Dean Harris, 66, and Randy Odom, 79, were a team at the fourth annual PAR Fore Parkinson’s golf tournament and came in first out in men’s division. A total of 28 teams participated in this year’s game.

The four said they often play together at leisure. Jolley, Harris and Odom have been hitting the green for more than 50 years. Ross said he’s played for around 15 years but fit in nicely with the other three and helping them reach victory.

“The tournament was well-organized and fun,” Jolley said. “I appreciate (Benko) asking us to play.”

The event went well, according to Benko, the founder and organizer of the tournament. The event, which took place at Woodside, was scheduled for May 14 but was rained out. It was later scheduled for June 25, and Benko said everyone still showed up to play.

“Everybody I know had a good time,” Benko said. “The tournament was very successful.” Benko was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002. He came up with the idea for the tournament with a few of his golf buddies.

Funds from the event go to the Georgia Health and Sciences University movement disorder program, which works with patients who suffer from not only Parkinson’s but also restless leg syndrome, Huntington’s disease and essential tremor. The program offers education, support group meetings, counseling, opportunities for clinical research participation and more. It also offers physical and occupational therapy, speech pathology and psychiatry.

Benko said this program has helped him immensely over the years and he wanted to give back as well as spread awareness about Parkinson’s disease.

Benko said that more than $40,000 has been brought in through all four tournaments combined.

Women’s Division Winners for 2012

There was also a women’s division. The winning team included Cookie Caruso, Sandra Hawley, Jeanne Scarton and Meg Atkinson.

This article written by Amy Banton who is the city beat reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College. Read more: Golden Boys win PAR Fore Parkinson’s | Aiken Standard Under Creative Commons License: Attribution


An estimated one million people in the United States and over five million worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease. It affects one in 100 people over the age of 60. Parkinson’s belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders and although there is no cure, patients living in the CSRA can receive the most up to date treatment and have opportunities to participate in valuable research studies and clinical trials at the Medical College of Georgia’s Movement Disorder Clinic in Augusta. It is this clinic that has given hope to so many Parkinson’s patients – myself included. Donations are gladly accepted any time of the year.

Thank you for your consideration,

Michael and Lani Snug – Chairman 803-643-1788


PAR fore Parkinson’s Inc.

501 (C) (3) Charitable Organization

EIN: 27-3983678

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