Sugar Bush Golf Classic Continues Tradition of Raising Funds for People with Developmental Disabilities

On Wed. May 21, 2014, more than 220 golfers participated in the 28th annual Sugar Bush Golf Classic in support of Hattie Larlham at Sugar Bush Golf Club in Garrettsville, Ohio.  The golf classic, which was sponsored by The Middlefield Banking Company, Sugar Bush Golf Club and Cleveland Indians Charities, raised more than $55,000 for people with developmental disabilities.

Cleveland Browns player Reggie Langhorne, Cleveland Indians Senior VP for Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio and WTAM’s Bill Wills were guests at the tournament and golfed with participants.  The golf classic featured both afternoon and morning rounds of golf, which were followed by lunch and dinner awards ceremonies respectively.

Throughout the day, the participants were able to meet people with developmental disabilities from Hattie Larlham, including a Hattie’s Café & Gifts vocational employee who made milkshakes for golfers outside the club house.  Additionally, two of Hattie Larlham’s residents from the Achieve program were present in the club house during the lunch ceremony.

Several of the participants were returning players, including Adrienne Vichille from The Alpha Group who has played in the Sugar Bush Golf Classic for several consecutive years.  She cited the quality of the course and knowing that her participation benefits a worthy cause as the reasons why she continues to stay involved with the golf classic.  “We love to come out and support Hattie Larlham,” she said.

Next year’s Sugar Bush Golf Classic will be held on May 20, 2015.


In addition to the The Middlefield Banking Co., Sugar Bush Golf Club and Cleveland Indians Charities, other sponsors included: Aetna, HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café – Streetsboro, Fraternal Order of Eagles #2436, Business Records Management, Brouse McDowell, Judge Joseph Giulitto, Larry F. Kannal, State Farm Insurance, Robert W. Baird & Co., Akron Children’s Hospital, AVI Food Systems, Guild International, Inc., Mobility Works, PNC Bank, and Skylight Financial Group.


Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization that provides services to 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham inspires people with disabilities and their families to dream and achieve through the medical, residential, vocational and recreational services the organization offers. For more information, visit

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Jacqueline LoPresti

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Hattie Larlham

330-274-2272, ext. 3011


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