Hospital Receives Grant From North Rockland Lions Club

December 27, 2007

The North Rockland Lions Club has awarded $3,600 to the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation, a portion of the proceeds from the 2007 Robert E. Byrne Golf Outing, which recently took place at the Phillip J. Rotella Golf Course in Haverstraw. The donation will support the physical rehabilitation hospital’s GolfAbility program.

In presenting the check, Frank Monaghan, President of the North Rockland Lions Club states, “The North Rockland Lions Club is dedicated to providing community service. We are very proud of our long relationship with Helen Hayes Hospital.” Cary Smolen, Chair of the 2007 Robert E Byrne Golf Outing says, “ We are very pleased to support the hospital’s GolfAbility program, which helps individuals with disabilities to participate in the sports and activities so many of us enjoy.”

The year 2007 was GolfAbility’s seventh season. GolfAbility is an instructional program to teach the basics of golf, and promote golf as a rewarding leisure activity, to individuals with disabilities and mobility impairments. It encourages individuals with disabilities who have never considered golf to take up the game, and also prevents golfers from giving up the game due to injuries, orthopedic impairments, cardiopulmonary disease, stroke and other conditions. GolfAbility hosts workshops and golf outings from May through September, under the direction of hospital physical and recreational therapists and LPGA pro Joyce Fried.

Helen Hayes Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital in New York State, helping individuals with disabling illnesses and injuries to rebuild their lives. The Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation supports the mission and strategic objectives of the Hospital through the development of resources and community awareness.