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Donations to Ryan’s Circle of Giving

RCG, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) fund, will collect donations throughout the year that are earmarked specifically for four charitable organizations. Each December, the tournament's net proceeds will be combined with 100% of other donations received by RCG, and will be given to the following charities: 

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF):
The sole purpose of the CFF is to find a cure for the inherited disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the U.S.  In the 1950’s, few children with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) lived to attend elementary school. Today, many with the disease can expect to live into their 30’s, 40’s and beyond.  In 2007, CF research led to the Nobel Prize in medicine; in 2012, the first drug to treat the underlying causes of CF was approved, which benefits the lives of 25% of CF patients; in 2015 a second drug was FDA approved that will affect the lives of 50% of all CF patients.  Phyllis and Barry will continue to donate to CFF untll no child dies from this disease.

The Yale Cancer Center (YCC):

Frank Detterbeck, Ryan's amazing oncology surgeon, has requested that all funds from RCG be directed to the Thoracic Oncology Program's tissue bank, used to advance research for, among other things, the early detection of thoracic and esophageal cancers. Phyllis & Barry could not be more honored to comply with this request and are grateful for the opportunity to contribute in this way. 

The Ryan Gordon Endowment Fund:
Established at Ryan’s high school alma mater, Kingswood-Oxford, this fund will provide a financial and merit based scholarship to a deserving student to attend the school’s yearly trip to Tobatí, Paraguay through Team Tobatí. Team Tobatí is an extensive, all-volunteer service project, established by Kingswood-Oxford's Ron Garcia, that has significantly improved the education and health care available to families in the impoverished community of Tobatí. Contributing to this fund is an excellent way to provide a student with the opportunity to have a life-altering experience while making a significant contribution to the world.  Barry and Phyllis' dream is to significantly increase the fund so that more kids will be able to receive the scholarship each year.  
The Ryan Gordon/Hartford Wolf Pack Scholars Fund at Trinity College:

Shortly after Ryan's donation was made to the Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation, their board requested a meeting with Phyllis and Barry to discuss an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Hartford's children.  Coincidentally, Trinity College in Hartford had contacted the Foundation, asking for a partnership by way of donations of hockey helmets, jerseys, etc, and Wolf Pack team members, to help with the formation of a Learn To Skate/Learn To Play program for Hartford kids

The Foundation proposed that Ryan's donation be used by Trinity to provide a scholarship to this newly-forming program.  Barry and Phyllis loved the idea, and, with the help of Trinity and the Foudnation, established a permanent endowment at Trinity College. This fund was established to provide Hartford children with the opportunity to learn to skate and/or play hockey.  

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