About

The Mott Golf Classic continues to grow every year with a record number of sponsors.  In 2019, this sold-out event took to the holes at Barton Hills Country Club, Radrick Farms Golf Club, and the U-M Golf Course. With the support of local businesses and organizations as well as major corporate sponsors, the Mott Golf Classic has become one of Michigan's most successful golf outings. 

Becoming a Mott Golf Classic sponsor is a perfect way to make an enormous difference in the lives of children and the families at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. With its growing annual participation, the classic also offers sponsors a great way to establish or strengthen their presence in the community and enjoy a day of golf with Michigan Medicine leadership, and business leaders from Michigan and beyond. We offer multiple levels of sponsorship opportunities for individuals and organizations wishing to demonstrate their support of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Over the past four decades through the generosity of sponsors and benefactors, the Mott Golf Classic has supported a multitude of C.S. Mott initiatives and community projects including: Michigan Medicine Patient Technology Program, Sophie's Place and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor.  See below for the Mott Golf Classic's most recent recipients:

Recipients

Sophie's Place Music Therapy Studio

Sophie's Place Music Therapy Studio will provide a space for patients to create, explore and heal through music interventions on the 3rd floor of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.  Sophie's Place, a national program supported by Steve and Barbara Young through their foundation, Forever Young, opened its first studio at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City in 2013.  The concept of bringing Sophie's Place to C.S. Mott began with the idea of a young man named Christopher Allen, who presented the idea to Music Therapist Bob Huffman when his brother was a patient. Since then, the idea has evolved to become a reality through a partnership with Forever Young Foundation.  Sophie’s Place will allow for the music therapy team to triple the amount of music therapy services provided to patients and families. In addition, Sophie’s Place will allot space for music therapy programming to develop, including more music therapy groups, a state-of-the-art recording studio for patients to record music they have written, an opportunity for closed-circuit live-streaming programming, internship opportunities for students, and opportunities for community performers and partnerships to grow. Meredith Schlabig, C.S. Mott Music Therapist, is excited to see how Sophie's Place will increase opportunities to "celebrate the patients through music."  "Not a day goes by that I don't think about Sophie's Place and what it will make possible," adds Susan Smiddy, C.S. Mott Music Therapist.

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities Ann Arbor

Located just steps away from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House Ann Arbor is a comforting and healing space for families of sick children receiving medical care at Michigan Medicine.  In the words of Kim Kelly, Executive Director of RMHC Ann Arbor, “RMHC mission is built on our belief that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.” Since 1985, over 25,000 families from across Michigan and all over the world have walked through the welcoming doors of Ronald McDonald House.

After a full renovation of the original house, completed in 2015, the Main House can accommodate 31 families. Additionally, the Mott House which opened in 2011 on the 10th floor of C.S. Mott, has the capacity to accommodate 12 families. The Ronald McDonald House is more than simply a house; it is a home.  Both location are filled with comfort and love, a place to recharge strength needed at the most trying of times.  With the continued support of the Mott Golf Classic, there will always be "a home away from home" for Mott families for years to come.   

 

North Star Reach

North Star Reach opened it's doors in 2016 and provides life-changing camp experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families—free of charge. Located on 105 acres of rolling hills and lakefront in Pinckney, Michigan, their medically sound, year-round camp hosts hundreds of children and their families each year.  

During their second summer season, they served 335 children impacted by serious health challenges. Many of our campers with medical conditions got to experience a range of “summer firsts, including a first overnight stay in a place that isn’t a hospital. For many campers, it was also their first time to experience the kind of extraordinary summer adventures and joys other kids without medical challenges get to enjoy.

HEALTH CHALLENGES SERVED

Transplant/Camp Michitanki: 75 campers

Congenital Heart Camp: 68 campers

Sickle Cell/Hematology/Pain Management Camp: 100 campers

Teen Camp: 28

Sibling Camp: 64

The campers they served were also managing these secondary conditions:

• Asthma

• Arthritis

• Cancer

• Gastrointestinal Disorders

• Hemophilia

• Lymphoma

Spring & Fall Family Camps: During the spring and fall family weekend camps, campers and families grow and learn from each other, easing the sense of isolation illness can often create. The weekend program brings everyone together, including over 400 parents, grandparents, and siblings.

U-M College of Engineering

Dr. David Chesney’s classroom is fundamentally different from the traditional lecture commonly delivered at college campuses throughout the country.  His computer science engineering courses encourage students to be innovative thinkers while designing adaptations promoting positive social change. Mott Family Network, funded by the Mott Golf Classic, is currently planning for several exciting additions to the C.S. Mott Adaptive Sports Programs, which will help Rehabilitation Engineer, Jamie Mayo and Recreational Therapist, Becky McVey provide sports access for children with special needs. Collaboratively, C.S. Mott Adaptive Sports Programs and Dr. Chesney’s engineering students will use technology and creative-thinking to bring greater accessibility to gaming and recreation. Hands-on opportunities facilitate experiential learning opportunities that develop future leaders and innovators working towards the "greater good."