For the past decade, the family of the late Gerald F. Cowden has paid tribute to his memory through the sport he loved: golf. The Gerald F. Cowden Memorial Golf Tournament marked 10 years of play at its August 2013 outing at Camillus Country Club.
Recently, brothers Jerry and Mike Cowden presented a check for $24,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, the proceeds from the 10th anniversary event. The donation will contribute to the worldwide fight to end Alzheimer’s and services to individuals, families and caregivers in the community. The family has raised more than $206,500 over the past decade.
Gerald F. Cowden died in 2003 from Alzheimer’s disease, just five years after being diagnosed. He was a well-known engineer, retiring as the president of the company now known as Beardsley Design Associates. Cowden served his country as a second lieutenant during the Korean War and in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was also an avid golfer. In the 2013 tournament program, his sons wrote: “One of the hardest of these setbacks came two years before his death, when it became too difficult for him to continue playing in his Sunday morning foursome, and he reluctantly put his clubs away for the last time.”
The Gerald F. Cowden Memorial Golf Tournament is run by the Cowdens as a third-party event for the Chapter. If your family or organization would like to learn more about holding an event for the Alzheimer’s Association, call (315) 472-4201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.