The 2020 Raffle...
Come join us and help raise money for some great causes.

The Ben Horgan Memorial Tournament is usually day of golf, food, drink and fun in support of children and families dealing with life-threatening illness or crisis. Proceeds in the past benefitted local families in crisis, Camp Sunshine, the Jimmy Fund, and the Ben Horgan Scholarship.

We don't want to take chances with anyone's health, so we have cancelled this year's Ben Horgan Get Together. However, we did have a good number of great raffle prizes donated already, so we will hold a Virtual Raffle for these, and we invite all to participate. There are now more families than ever who could use help, so we're going to try to continue helping them despite the shutdown.

The Raffle rules are simple. For every $5 donated to the Ben Horgan Memorial Fund you will get one virtual raffle chance. Donations can be made either through Venmo or by check made payable to The Ben Horgan Scholarship Fund, c/o Maureen Horgan, 77 West Main St., Westboro, MA. 01581. We will hold the drawing virtually on Zoom at 5:00 September 11. No need to be there - we'll let the winners know.

The Ben Horgan Tournament and Party
We hold this tournament annually to help support children and their families dealing with life-threatening illness or serious crisis. Past donations have been given to families with a child fighting cancer, to a teenager diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, to a family whose dad died suddenly, to a family whose son was waiting for a heart transplant, and others.

We also have made generous donations to Camp Sunshine, the Jimmy Fund, and the Ben Horgan Scholarship over the years.

This event is a way of thanking those who were there for us and other families, by helping others who are going through their dark nights. Ben was five years old when he was diagnosed with a highly malignant brain tumor. Although initially given only a few months to live he had six more wonderful years with us, thanks to the hard work of many doctors and nurses, and the prayers and support of so many of our friends and family. There were many hospital visits, surgeries, chemo, radiation and recoveries, but at the center of it all was a beautiful little boy who knew he was loved, and who loved everyone he came in contact with. He taught us all the joys of living every day.

This annual golf outing and dinner is a great time, and a good excuse to catch up with old friends, or to make new ones, and enjoy a wonderful day while raising money for some great causes. Kids and non-golfer are always welcomed at the party!

You can sign up for golf, let us know you'll be coming to the party or donate online.

Some of the groups we have sponsored:

Camp Sunshine
Proceeds from the tournament have sponsored several families at this year-round retreat in Maine which provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child's illness. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. We were one of the first families to go there--and had a great time in the midst of a series of treatments and surgeries.

The Jimmy Fund
Part of the money raised goes to support the research and care provided by the Jimmy Fund. Ben was treated by the Jimmy Fund for six years. They were part of an amazing medical team that included Children's Hospital and UMass Worcester that found or created new treatments to help Ben.

(We also have a team, Horgan's Heroes, who walk the Jimmy Fund Marathon every September in support of the Jimmy Fund. If you'd like to join us we would love to have you!)

The Ben Horgan Scholarship
This is our a of thanking Ben's classmates and the Westborough school system and for their support through Ben's illness. While he only had half his hair and sometimes walked and talked with difficulty, his classmates never made him feel different, and always showed him great love and acceptance. This Scholarship is given annually to a graduating student who has dealt with their own challenges during their school years. It may have been a personal illness, an illness or death in the family, a learning disability, or some other challenge that colors their life. The scholarship recognizes these quiet heroes, who may not have been at the top of their class, but they did the best with what life handed them.

Thank you all for your support and love,

Maureen and Tim Horgan
Caitlin Horgan
Anna and Anthony Servideo