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8th Annual 'Swing to Cure' Diabetes Golf Event set for May 23 at UM Golf Course

May 10, 2016

The eighth annual "Swing to Cure" Diabetes Golf Outing to benefit the Michigan Comprehensive Diabetes Center and JDRF – Metro Detroit/Michigan Chapter will take place on Monday, May 23 at the University of Michigan Golf Course. Varnum is a primary sponsor of the event, founded by Varnum partner and former Michigan football player Rich Hewlett and his late wife, Chris.

The Hewlett family has been involved in raising money and awareness for juvenile diabetes research since their oldest son, Jeff, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age four. Several years ago, the Hewletts established the "Swing to Cure" charity golf event, incorporating the family's strong ties to the University of Michigan. To date, the event has raised over $500,000 for diabetes research.

UM Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, who attended last year's event, is slated to make an appearance again this year. In past years, the event has featured former Michigan football head coaches Brady Hoke, Lloyd Carr, and Gary Moeller. The late Bo Schembechler and his wife, Cathy, also have supported and participated in the Hewlett family and JDRF fundraising activities over the years.  Many of Hewlett's former Michigan teammates are also involved each year.

It's a labor of love for my family. The three of us right now, we're kind of carrying the ball to continue this event and continue to try to help young people with this disease.

The Hewlett's son Jeff, who graduated from Michigan this year, will serve as co-host of this year's Swing to Cure event. Younger brother, Joe, a junior at Michigan (and playing for the Wolverines), is also involved, along with other members of Hewlett's family.

"It's a labor of love for my family," Hewlett said. "We love to do it. The three of us right now, we're kind of carrying the ball to continue this event and continue to try to help young people with this disease."

The outing includes 18 holes of golf, a boxed lunch on the course, dinner following golf, a live and silent auction, and photo opportunities with University of Michigan football celebrities.

Spots are limited to 144 golfers, but there are numerous sponsorship opportunities available as well. For more information about how to play, sponsor or register, visit

Rich Hewlett is a partner in Varnum's trial law group, where he focuses on business litigation, construction law and construction litigation. He has served on Board of Directors of JDRF Metro Detroit/Southeast Michigan Chapter for many years, and is currently president elect.

Varnum Law, Van Conway and Partners and the Rich Hewlett Family are the lead sponsors of this year's event.

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