Sports legends join Bush family in Maine to support Gary’s House
Today, former Red Sox and Patriots players and four Red Sox World Series trophies were on hand for the 2019 George H.W. Bush Celebrity Golf Classic at the Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport. The annual event is named in honor of longtime Gary’s House supporter, President George H.W. Bush. Over the years, the President and Mrs. Bush chaired the event along with several generations of the Bush family. This year’s honorary co-chairs are Bush grandchildren, Marshall Bush and Sam Bush LeBlond who were joined at the event by their uncle, President George W. Bush.
Tournament proceeds support Gary’s House, a Northern Light Mercy Hospital program that provides affordable accommodations for friends and family of loved ones receiving medical care in southern Maine. The hospitality home is named in honor of Gary Pike, a young Kennebunk man who lost his battle to cancer in 1991. During his treatments, Gary saw firsthand the financial hardship and stress families experience while staying away from home. His dream of offering accommodations for families in need became a reality several years after his passing. Tournament proceeds have supported Gary’s House since 2002 and raised nearly $3 million.
“We’re grateful to the remarkable generosity of the Bush family and all who joined us today for their commitment to helping the hundreds of families who rely on Gary’s House every year,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital. “Mercy couldn’t provide this program without their help. This tournament has raised millions for Gary’s House and made a big difference in the lives of so many who need a place to stay when their loved one is receiving medical care in greater Portland.”
Former world champion New England Patriots Troy Brown, Max Lane, and Garin Veris; Red Sox legend Luis Tiant; former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart; and World Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez Russell participated in today’s Gary’s house golf benefit.