Golfers tee off to fight Alzheimer’s, dementia


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James Brassard of Inspired Living, center, gives instructions before the start of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation benefit golf tournament as Randall Blue, left, and Earl Hines joke with him.

SENIOR LIFE Darrell Woehler

Nearly 100 golfers helped raise money for the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation in a benefit golf tournament Aug. 18 at The Majors Golf Club in Palm Bay.

James Brassard, community relations director for Inspired Living, served as tournament chairman for the third annual event along with co-chairman Randall Blue, who is an administrator with West Melbourne Health and Rehab.

According to Brassard, many of the participants work in the health and rehabilitation areas of their respective organizations and have a personal interest in this particular cause. He also said money raised this year will go to the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation to be used for patients in Brevard County. During the past three years, $60,000 has been raised to fight this dreaded disease.

In addition to the money raised, the tournament also raises awareness of Alzheimer’s and what it can do to the human body. The mission of the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation is to provide quality community and facility-based adult day health care with integrity and compassion. An emphasis is placed on Alzheimer’s and dementia-related diseases. More than 5 millionAmericans are affected by Alzheimer’s.

The Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation was started in 1995 and it has offices in Melbourne, Titusville and Micco. It is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. For more information, go to BrevardAlzheimers.org.

The Majors Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer designed course off Bayside Lakes Drive in Palm Bay, was quite helpful in accommodating the field of players. Earl Hines, the golf pro and general manager, said he was delighted to assist in putting on the tournament. Brassard and Blue credited all the organizations that sponsored teams and individual golf holes.

Players from throughout Brevard County, Tampa, West Palm Beach and even Kentucky participated in the tournament. 

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