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Butler Hospital Charity Golf Tournament

Butler Hospital is pleased to announce that the Cavanagh Family and Blish & Cavanagh, LLP are co-sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit Butler on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Shelter Harbor Golf Club, a premier private golf course set on 400 sprawling acres in Charlestown, R.I. 

"We are always honored to work with the Cavanagh Family and the Thomas G. Cavanagh Memorial Fund. The Cavanaghs and Butler Hospital share the common goals of raising awareness about mental illness and raising funds to help individuals in need of mental health care," said Patricia Recupero, JD, MD, president and CEO of Butler Hospital.

Sponsors are instrumental in the success of this event and the advancement of its purpose. Organizations and individuals who are interested in learning more about the variety of sponsorship opportunities available can visit Butler.org/golf or email Jennifer Morahan, tournament coordinator, at jmorahan@butler.org.

The tournament will feature a full day of activities, kicking off with a lunch reception followed by 18 holes of golf. The tournament will also include a longest-drive competition, closest-to-the-pin competition, and a hole-in-one competition. Once the tournament concludes, players are invited to a cocktail reception on the outdoor patio as well as a dinner reception and silent auction, which is open to non-players as well. 

Butler has worked closely with the Cavanagh family and has been the principal recipient of the Thomas G. Cavanagh Memorial Fund since the Cavanagh family established it in 2011. The fund is named for the late Tom Cavanagh, a Rhode Island native and hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL). In his mid-twenties, Tom developed a severe mental illness, and after battling the illness for several years, his condition worsened and he ultimately took his own life in January 2011. The Cavanagh family established the fund with the goal of raising money and awareness for those suffering from mental illness.

"Our family is very pleased to partner again with Butler Hospital in an effort to heighten awareness of the prevalence of mental illness in our society and of the need to support patients and their families.  We know that the golf event will be a great day for sharing and friendship," said Joe Cavanagh, father of the late Tom Cavanagh. About Butler Hospital Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, seniors and adolescents in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The Major Affiliated Teaching Hospital for Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

About The Thomas G. Cavanagh Memorial Fund: The mission of the Thomas G. Cavanagh Memorial Fund is to aid those suffering with mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, through education, research and treatment programs. The Fund promotes educational programs and conferences on mental illness with the goal of raising awareness of the presence of the disease in society. Also the Fund supports research in the area of schizophrenia, both causes and treatment, as well as services provided for those suffering from mental illness, particularly at Butler Hospital.

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