Friday, July 15, 2011

Chipping in for a good cause

Golfing for good: From left, Skates, Pauly, Warshaw and Torchiana

Raising more than $50,000 this year, the Thomas S. Durant, MD, Golf Tournament was held June 13 at the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville, Mass. The tournament honors the late Durant, a beloved MGH physician and humanitarian, and benefits the Thomas S. Durant Fellowship for Refugee Medicine program at the MGH. Directed by Laurence Ronan, MD, the program enables health care professionals to travel abroad and serve refugee populations and victims of disasters. The fundraising golf tournament was created in 1996 by Bill Reilly, a friend of Durant’s.

“This tournament is more than just about golf and raising money,” says Reilly. “It has soul; it is an extension of all that is good and great about the MGH. It is about people, caring, sacrifice, service and so much more!”

The 2011 tournament featured approximately 80 players, including MGHers Roman DeSanctis, MD, director emeritus of Clinical Cardiology; Greg Pauly, MGPO chief operating officer; Ronald Skates, MGH honorary trustee; David F. Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the MGPO; and Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, former MGH surgeon-in-chief and senior physician consultant. Bill Devin, former Fidelity Investments executive and a substantial supporter of the fellowship, along with his family foursome, won the tournament this year. The event also featured a raffle, auction and guest appearance by Dick Flavin.

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