Graeme McDowell’s G Mac Foundation completed the sixth annual fundraising dinner in New York on Friday night, showing in no uncertain terms the power of sporting endorsers to raise money for good causes.
A total of €700,000 was raised at the dinner and auction, bringing the total raised for Crumlin Children’s Hospital to just short of €3 million over the time of the dinner.
This year’s guests of honour included Superbowl winning new York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and actor Gabriel Byrne.
Among the donated items in the charity audition were jerseys signed by Robbie Keane from the Euro 2016 Finals and boots worn by Dan Carter in the Rugby World Cup.
Fellow Golfer Rory McIlroy has been an active supporter of good causes through his foundation as have Paul McGinley, Padraig Harrington and others.
They give of their time, their energy and their star appeal and the beneficiaries are people who would otherwise be left behind by society whether through illness or deprivation.
It is a benefit of sports stars appeal that delivers in a very real and in this case very substantial fashion and is to be roundly applauded.