Founded in 2013 by Jake and Josh Akman in honor of their grandfather, Dr. Richard Hollander, The Dick Hollander Open™ is a charity golf tournament that raises money for Alzheimer’s research. “A retired pediatrician and an extremely loving man, our grandfather has suffered for more than 15 years from Alzheimer’s. He taught us both how to play the game of golf, so what better way to honor him than hosting a tournament in his name?,” says Jake Akman, 25.
“Alzheimer’s is a truly devastating disease. It robs those afflicted of their memory, personality and communication abilities, and it often takes an enormous emotional and financial toll on family members and caregivers,” adds Josh Akman, 22.
With two tournaments in 2013 and 2014, the Akmans have raised over $125,000 for Alzheimer’s research.
“This is a cause that is close to our heart,” says Josh. “Our grandfather was such a strong and giving man. It has been both devastating and frustrating to watch this disease take him from us. We have a large family and we all came together to make this event possible. It is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to him.”
For more information, visit www.dickhollandergolf.org.