Tee Up Fore the Cure Golf Outing Raises a record $180,000 for T1D Research
Left to Right: Ken Sanders (Former Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher), Erin Vella (Development Manager, JDRF), Jim Leef (President & CEO, ITU AbsorbTech), Tanya Bissen (Executive Director, JDRF), David Leef (Vice President, ITU AbsorbTech), Mitch Bartel (Associate Development Officer, Children’s Wisconsin), and Marty Hessner (Director, Max McGee Center)
On September 20, 2021, ITU AbsorbTech hosted Tee Up Fore the Cure’s 15th Anniversary Celebration at Grand National Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.
Tee Up Fore the Cure was a memorable event with over 230 golfers and celebrity guests, and enjoyable dinner reception with featured celebrity Junior Bridgeman.
The total amount raised was a record-breaking $180,000! Donations stay local and were delivered to JDRF and the Max McGee Center at Children’s Wisconsin.
To view pictures from the event, visit our Tee Up Fore the Cure Facebook page.
About Tee Up Fore the Cure
Diabetes research is a cause close to the heart of the Leef family and ITU AbsorbTech. George L. Leef, ITU AbsorbTech’s second-generation president, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1929, shortly after the discovery of insulin. With the help of exercise and diet management, George lived a full life with the aid of hundreds of thousands of blood checks and shots. He suffered from diabetic neuropathy for years before passing away in 2007.
During his lifetime he generously gave to diabetes research. He was a kind and devoted family man who gave so much to all those who had the privilege of knowing him.
In honor of George’s love of the game, the first Tee Up Fore the Cure was played in 2006. It was a modest start on a cold fall day where 72 players helped raise $7,000 for type 1 diabetes research.
In 2016, Tee Up Fore the Cure partnered with Milwaukee Brewers pitching great, Ken Sanders, to add many new dimensions to Tee Up, including celebrity golfers. Robin Yount was Tee Up’s first featured celebrity for the 10th-anniversary celebration followed by fellow Hall of Famer, Rollie Fingers, in 2017, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Dave Robinson in 2018, and Milwaukee Brewers greats Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2019. The event has raised more than $850,000 for local type 1 diabetes research to date.
Save the date for Tee Up Fore the Cure 2022 on Monday, September 19 at Geneva National with featured celebrity Paul Molitor!