This year the tournament will benefit Maine native Rachel Dufresne, who after a lifetime of heart complications and a common but unsuccessful heart surgery in April of this year is permanently paralyzed from the diaphragm down. Rachel now faces extraordinary financial burdens related to this condition, including exorbitant medical bills and house renovations.
As such, we want to help and invite you to please aid us in the effort.
All proceeds will be donated to Rachel from this event.
Beer, prizes, food, and fun
Strings, mulligans, merchandise, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle
Grill stations on course with burgers and dogs
Beer stations throughout the course for your beverage needs
Closing ceremony and apps around 2pm
Ways to Participate:
Register a team.
$100 per person / $400 per team
Teams will fill up fast and are first come, first serve
Register now to be part of this special event!
Sponsor the event.
Sponsorships are available to suit a variety of business objectives
Our valued sponsors will receive inclusion in pre-event materials and on-site exposure
Prizes are a part of the fun and a great way to gain exposure with this audience
Consider the answer to “what did you win?” to be a gift certificate or item from your business
Thank you for considering participation and sponsorship of
Gritty’s 2019 Gripped and Ripped Golf Tournament.
We look forward to seeing you on the greens!
For questions, contact:
Garrick Hoffman, Gritty's Marketing Associate
Jim Dufresne, Rachel's Brother
Richard Pfeffer, Gritty's Owner
Troy Hanna, Gritty's General Manager
Rachel was born with a heart defect which consisted of a hole in her heart and a permanently damaged mitral valve. She had open heart surgery to repair the hole in her heart and replace the mitral valve with an artificial valve when she was nine years old. Rachel had three subsequent open-heart surgeries due to heart failure at ages ten, thirteen and forty. Complications from her last surgery in 2005 left Rachel’s heart dependent on a pacemaker to function properly and she has had three pacemaker replacement surgeries since.
She is our Miracle Sister and is the strongest and most courageous person we know.
Rachel has suffered from Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) and Atrial Flutter (A Flutter) for the past couple of years. On April 5, 2019 Rachel had a heart ablation procedure at Boston Children’s Hospital in an attempt to correct the A Fib and A Flutter. This is a very common procedure for people with heart disease and usually takes about 3 to 4 hours. Rachel’s heart ablation procedure took 9 hours and was not successful. Doctors were not able to get to several areas of the left side of her heart due to scar tissue from all of her open-heart surgeries and she remained in A Fib. The doctors had to conduct a cardioversion to get her heart beating correctly. Rachel suffered extraordinary pain post-procedure - which was atypical - and on Saturday, April 6, 2019 neurosurgeons were finally consulted. We learned that complications from her heart ablation procedure resulted in blood pooling in her spinal cord which was the cause of all the pain she was experiencing, and left Rachel paralyzed from the diaphragm down.
Rachel was taken into Emergency Surgery at Brigham & Women’s Medical Center to remove the blood in her spinal cord, but she remains paralyzed.
Rachel was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center on Monday, April 15, 2019 and on April 17, 2019 she went back into A Fib and is still in A Fib to this day and suffering from extreme fatigue. On June 8, 2019, Rachel was discharged from Spaulding Rehabilitation Center and she has been staying at her sister Ann’s temporarily while part of her home is renovated; a new ramp was installed and her Bathroom is being completely renovated to allow her wheelchair access. Rachel’s kitchen will also need renovations in the future to allow her access and utilize it.
Rachel has been receiving home health care and will require extensive outpatient rehabilitation as well as continued cardiology appointments and medications to help monitor her A Fib. Rachel’s medical expenses including her hospital stay and her rehabilitation are enormous.
Major purchases include hospital bed and mattress, and a new wheelchair accessible van along with all of her house renovations.
Everyone’s generosity and support to help Rachel’s recovery and new journey in life is greatly appreciated!
Head to the gallery below for last year's photos!
|08:00 AM||Hoppy Hour Check-in||At Club House|
|08:45 AM||Official welcome, course rules and instructions||Outside Club house at golf carts|
|09:00 AM||Official tee off time||At assigned tee's|
|03:00 PM||Hoppy Hour, lunch & prize awards||Riverside Grill|