2021 Lily Kennedy Golf Outing a Success


The 18th annual Lily Kennedy Memorial Golf Benefit for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) was held on Sept. 26. The event took place at Iron Masters Golf Course in Roaring Spring.

Heather Kennedy, a 1997 SFU alumna, is the mother of Lily Kennedy, who lost her fight with spinal muscular atrophy, at age 2.

“I could never repay Saint Francis and the Social Work Department for honoring Lily and carrying on her legacy for 20 years now,” said Heather Kennedy. “It means the world to us that we can do this in Lily’s name.”

The Social Work Club has been hosting fundraising events for 20 years in Lily’s name, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to CURESMA. The event began as a basketball tournament in 2001, then became a volleyball tournament in 2002. From 2003 onward, the Social Work Program has organized golf outings with the help of volunteers.

This year’s volunteers included the Chemistry Club, student Makenzie Boland, who represented Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, and freshman Ellen Kennedy, Lily Kennedy’s younger sister.

“The Social Work Club greatly appreciates the support from administration, faculty, staff and students,” said Associate Professor of Social Work Sue Black.

The 2020 event raised $10,000. This year, the golf outing was at full capacity – 28 teams – which has never happened before. While the total amount raised at this year’s event has not yet been determined, those involved are hopeful for a record-breaking total.

“Today’s event was perfect in every way – the weather, the volunteers, the golfers and the generosity that will help so many young lives,” said Melissa Garrity, Administrative Assistant for the Social Work and Psychology programs.

“The golf outing is a true testament to the giving nature of not only our SFU community, but those in our area.”