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Ness Golf Tournament In Norwalk Benefits Burn Center

The Michael Ness Play It Forward Golf Tourney in Norwalk will benefit the Connecticut Burn Center in Bridgeport.
The Michael Ness Play It Forward Golf Tourney in Norwalk will benefit the Connecticut Burn Center in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- A golf tournament to support Connecticut’s only regional burn center and to celebrate the life of a local young man who was treated at the Bridgeport Hospital facility will be held on Sept. 12 in Norwalk.

The Michael Ness Play it Forward Golf Tournament will be held at Oak Hills Park. Over the last two years, this fledgling tournament and banquet has reaped over $25,000 for the Burn Unit and was featured on the organization’s annual report cover as one of the leading fundraisers for this critical facility. 

The center treated several local young men, including the tournament’s name sake, when they sustained life threatening burns in a fire on Aug. 18, 2013. The fundraiser is being organized by local chef Matthew Ness in memory of his brother, Norwalk native and former Brien McMahon High School lacrosse team player, Michael Ness who at age 22, succumbed to the injuries sustained in a tragic house fire on Pettom Road in Norwalk.

“It’s Connecticut’s only burn center and one of only 62 verified U.S. centers,” Matthew Ness said. “It gives burn victims a chance to survive who might not otherwise. We’re fortunate to have it in our own backyard."

The first tournament in 2014 was nearly sold out with 140 golfers and 225 banquet guests. This year’s auction will feature many valuable auction and celebrity items including a special treat crafted by the CAKE BOSS, a golf ball launcher, private in-home catered dinner prepared by renowned local chef Matthew Ness and dozens of gift certificates, sporting event tickets and valuable sports memorabilia. 

Tickets are available online at: To make a donation to the Burn Center in Michael's name, email

For questions about the tourney, email; telephone 203.247.3965.

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