Lupus Research Alliance scores $400K in annual golf fundraiser

Event will support the Jean Davis Research Grant for lupus research

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by Marisa Wexler, MS |

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Former NFL Super Bowl champ Willie Colon hosted a golf event earlier this week to raise funds for the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA) to aid in the fight against lupus.

The event is expected to raise about $400,000 and the funds will support the Jean Davis Research Grant, a lupus-focused initiative that’s run by the LRA and named in honor of Colon’s late mother, Jean Davis, who had lupus.

“We teamed up with the Lupus Research Alliance to host this event because, while no one individual, no one family, and no one organization can beat this disease, the power of their awareness campaign is celebrating the ManyOne who are and engaging the ManyOne who can make a difference,” Colon, an active member on the LRA’s board of directors, said in a press release.

The golf outing was held Monday. It was originally scheduled to take place in May, but was postponed due to bad weather.

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The event included David Harris, Quincy Enuwa, and Matt Simms, who played for the New York Jets; Zak DeOssie of the New York Giants; Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints; and Michael Vick, who’s played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets.

It also featured New York Rangers ice hockey player Jacob Trouba and Scott Burrell, formerly of the Chicago Bulls. Mike Babchick, host of the SiriusXM Radio program Morning Men, also participated.

“I know my mom would have been pleased to see so many friends here helping to raise awareness of lupus and funds to bring others new treatments that can transform lives,” said Colon, a well-known personality at Mad Dog Sports radio.

In addition to Tito’s Handmade Vodka, primary sponsors of the outing included the Tunnel To Towers Foundation and the Willie and Aikisha Colon Foundation. Other sponsors were Corona and Constellation Brands, Paul Miller Porsche, Goslings Rum, and SoNo 1420. The event was organized by chairpersons at Capital Group, The PNC Financial Services Group, BGC Partners, JW Capital Management, BlackRock, and Invesco.