NHL.com’s Dave Stubbs spoke with Ted Lindsay’s daughter, Lynn LaPugh, and here husband Lew regarding the continuation of the Ted Lindsay Foundation‘s annual charity golf tournament after Lindsay’s passing in 2019:
On Sept. 13, an estimated 200 golfers and guests will gather in Detroit for the foundation’s 21st Annual Celebrity Golf Outing, the crown jewel in fundraising efforts.
Lindsay was deeply moved in 2001 by the story of a friend whose young son had been diagnosed with autism. He created the Ted Lindsay Foundation to help raise awareness and a little money; 20 years later, it has collected more than $5.5 million, with operating expenses consuming only a dime or so of every dollar raised.
“There are many medical terms and I’m not smart enough to understand them, so I’ll just keep working at it,” Lindsay joked in 2016. “The one thing I know how to do is raise money.”
The foundation’s inaugural golf tournament in 2001, co-founded by Lindsay’s close friend Ed Heike, was modest, raising about $50,000. The goal this year is $200,000, mostly through sponsorships, not an easy target given the restrictions because of the pandemic.
“The golfers had had enough of COVID cabin fever last year, so they were happy to be outside,” LaPaugh said, recalling the 2020 outdoor luncheon and post-golf banquet. “Right now, we’re scheduled to go indoors (at Detroit Golf Club) but we’ll have a Plan A and Plan B depending on health protocols. Either way, we’ll make it happen.”