7th Annual Glenn Garcelon Foundation Golf Tourament

7th Annual Glenn Garcelon Foundation Golf Tourament

by Steve Gamel

The Glenn Garcelon Foundation is hosting its seventh annual golf classic on April 15 at Tour 18 in Flower Mound. The foundation, started by Garcelon’s widow and children, holds various events each year to benefit brain tumor patients. The golf tournament, in particular, continues to bring supporters out in droves.

Teams and individuals are invited to join in on a fun day at the links. Registration opened on February 14 and will continue through to the day of the event, which is set for a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The event will include a complimentary lunch provided by McAlister’s Deli and a fun-filled dinner with raffle items and great door prizes. Last year’s tournament pulled in 144 golfers while raising more than $36,000 to help brain tumor patients and their families.

Glenn Garcelon, the tournament’s namesake, will always be remembered by friends and family for his commitment to helping others. A friend, neighbor, volunteer, and well-respected co-worker to many, Glenn always put people first. Per the foundation’s website, Garcelon worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for 30 years, aiding victims of natural disasters. He also held many volunteer positions, including reading books on tape for the blind, implementing a student and mentor reading program at a local elementary school, and volunteering in a crisis call center and at a hospital.

He regularly donated both blood and plasma and had plans to become a bone marrow donor before his illness. He supported a multitude of causes including Mercy Corps, Doctors Without Borders, the Nature Conservancy, the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and Save Darfur.  

When he died in 2008 due to complications from a brain tumor, it was no surprise that his family wanted to pay forward the lessons of love, warmth, support, and compassion that they learned from Glenn.

His wife, Gail, and daughters, Nicole and Danielle, formed the Glenn Garcelon Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for brain tumor survivors, caregivers, and their families by providing emotional and financial support. While observing first-hand the toll caregivers struggle with daily, their passion has become to help to alleviate that struggle for other families.

Through the generous donations of golfers, volunteers, supporters, and sponsors, the foundation has managed to raise more than 174,000 over the previous six events. The only year in which there wasn’t an actual golf tournament – it was canceled due to inclement weather – was in 2014. But the foundation still raised 29,000 without any golf taking place.

All proceeds from the golf tournament go to help families and caregivers with their day to day struggles here in Texas. For all its continued support and dedication, the foundation is consistently recognized as one of the top non-profit organizations in the annual Best of Denton County awards.

To register, volunteer, apply for a grant, or to learn more about Glenn’s story and the people who have benefited from the foundation’s support, visit www.glenngarcelonfoundation.org.

Tour 18 | 8718 Amen Corner, Flower Mound, TX | 11 a.m. Registration | 1 p.m. Shotgun Start

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