Single Player Rounds are $125.00 and include 18 holes with a cart and a barbecue lunch at the finish. Registration begins at 7:00AM with a shotgun start at 8:00AM. Non-players can purchase tickets to the barbecue lunch for $20.00.
To sign up to play or attend the lunch, register by July 15, 2017. If you would like to sponsor holes at $125.00 each, register by July 1, 2017. Please make all checks payable to the Connor McKenna Memorial Fund.
Shortly after he was born, Connor was diagnosed with Septo-Optic Dysplasia, a rare disorder that features under development of the optic nerve, abnormal structures along the midline of the brain & pituitary hypoplasia. As a result, Connor was blind & wheelchair bound & received daily life-sustaining medications. As he grew, it became evident that Connor would require back surgery, in which surgeons had to insert a metal rod in his spine, to correct the curvature of his spine. Through all of this, he was the ultimate trooper, barely wincing or weeping and never letting it break his spirit.
Despite being dealt such setbacks, Connor was a very happy little boy who had never known any other way to live. He lived in a dark world, not able to fully communicate or even fully understand what was going on around him, but through it all, his infectious joy of life never wavered. He always made us smile & laugh and quickly won the hearts of all who met him.
Connor enjoyed tactile experiences, toys and anything that made noise! The combination of sand & water at the beach was a delight to him! He loved music and would rock and smile to the beat, play the harmonica or even attempt to sing along. He would periodically let out a very excited screech that startled everyone, which would always elicit a mischievous smile. He was an honorary team member of the Twin City Hawks youth hockey program, where his younger brother played. He also participated in the Nashoba Valley Unlimited Baseball & Basketball programs, where children with disabilities are paired with “buddies” to assist, giving them the opportunity to experience the game.
Since his toddler years, Connor attended Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA where he flourished, receiving physical, occupational, speech & music therapies. His life was enriched by the amazing, dedicated staff at Perkins who helped him continuously progress & experience a joyful life. He was loved by both students & staff, who have since placed a plaque in his honor at the playground on campus.
Sadly, Connor passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2014 at age 14. Connor had fallen ill with the flu just days before and never rebounded. He was rushed to Leominster Hospital and went into cardiac arrest enroute. It was later determined he had contracted sepsis.
This was a most devastating time for all who knew & loved our special boy. His wake was attended by hundreds of people whose lives he had touched with his incredible personality, playful antics and infectious smile. The President, CEO and Staff of Perkins School all attended and showed an overwhelming presence of support to Connor’s family. Every one of them had a story and fond remembrance of working with Connor.
In memory of our beloved Connor, we have established the annual Connor Joshua McKenna Memorial golf tournament, with all proceeds being donated to Perkins School for the Blind, to help continue their extraordinary work. We gratefully appreciate any and all donations and generosity to this cause.
With sincere thanks,
The Family and Friends of “Connor J”