KINGSTON — More than 300 guests attended the inaugural Kevin Stevens Power Forward Celebrity Golf Tournament fundraiser, which was held at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston, MA, on August 7, 2023.
All proceeds raised will benefit former NHL player Kevin Stevens’ 501c3 non-profit, Power Forward (powerforward25.com) whose mission is to remove the stigma of addiction through education, empowerment including Power Forward Sober Living Scholarships, and innovation, including the first-of-its-kind DOER (Dog Ownership Enhancing Recovery) program where therapy dogs are placed in vetted sober homes to offer residents unconditional love and responsibility. Power Forward board member and addiction specialist Dr. Michael Hamrock gave a powerful presentation on DOER and therapy dog “Sawyer” was present with his trainer Pauline Hoegler of GOFI.org.
South shore auctioneer and emcee Jim Fagan energized the crowd and Power Forward raised more than $200,000. As Stevens says, “If we can help one person, it is worth all our efforts. Saving lives is a team sport.”
The tournament included 170 golfers: Hockey Hall of Famers Mark Recchi and Joe Mullen, Chris Nilan, Ted Donato, Mike Eruzione, Tony Amonte, Andy Brickley, Barry Pederson, Dave Jensen, Tim Sweeney, Scott Young, Greg Brown, Ken Hodge Jr., Randy Hillier, Clarke Donatelli and Mike Sullivan; media personalities Duke Castiglione, Naoko Funiyama, Tom E. Curran, Lou Merloni, Will Flemming, Steve Burton, and Bob Halloran attended as well as NFL stars Ted Johnson and Pete Kendall, actors Kevin Chapman and Dave Russo; and, Marty Walsh, the former Mayor of Boston, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and current executive director of the NHL Players’ Association was a VIP guest. “Bruins Anthem Guy” Todd Angilly kicked off the tournament by singing the national anthem.
Donations are appreciated at powerforward25.com so we can continue to do our life saving work helping people recover from the disease of substance use disorder.
All photos by Bill Brett