Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive and devastating muscle disorder. Typically those diagnosed lose their ability to walk when they are between 9 and 14 years old, and need respiratory support during their teen years. Most typically survive only into their late teens.
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD), a parent founded non-profit organization, is investing in research & education that directly influence the well-being of those diagnosed. 86% of the funds received by this organization go to research and education.
As “The Friar” grew in number, expanded beyond the high school group and got a little less rowdy, a decision was made to start giving back to the community. In 1995, the golf tournament began its legacy of supporting a wide range of charities including God’s Kitchen, Michigan Wheel Chair Sports Association and The Children’s Assessment Center, just to name a few.
“The Friar” fundraising became more personal several years ago as Kevin and Kyle, the two sons of Mike and DeAnne Friar, and the brothers of sister Colleen, were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Learn more about Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy at their website.
Back in 1985, Mike Friar convinced a group of high school seniors to hit the links for a “formal” 2 man scramble golf tournament. For the most part, it consisted of a bunch of recent East Kentwood High School grads hacking around a golf course, half of them going shirtless in order to work on their tan. Because of the partnership with two high school friends, Morrie Fongers and Pat Martine, the “official” name of the tournament changed several times over the years from “Friar-Martine”, to “Friar-Fongers”, to “Friar-Martine-Fongers”, finally shortening to “FMF”. Regardless of the official name, it has always been known as “The Friar”.