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Ace Bailey Classic set for Monday

The Manchester Monarchs and the Monarchs Care Foundation, the organization’s charitable arm, on Monday will host the Fourth Annual Ace Bailey Golf Classic at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford, N.H.

Proceeds from this year’s sold-out event will benefit the development of a Level II Special Care Nursery at The Mom’s Place, located at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. The nursery will provide an environment for parents to learn to care for at-risk babies who are in need of additional medical attention before leaving the hospital.

The Monarchs Care Foundation annually partners with the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation and CMC to celebrate the life of Garnet “Ace” Bailey and to raise funds for a worthy cause in his name. Bailey, known for his love of kids and his fun-loving attitude, served as the Kings’ director of pro scouting until his death on September 11, 2001. Bailey was a passenger aboard United Flight 175 and was lost in the tragic events of that day.

The Ace Bailey Classic also annually brings together an outstanding collection of men and women who have distinguished themselves in the sport of hockey. This year’s list of celebrities includes 1998 U.S. Olympic hockey gold medalists Colleen Coyne, Katie King and Tara Mounsey, along with other former hockey greats like John Carter, Gordie Clark, Steve Kasper, Don Marcotte and Bob Sweeney, Dartmouth College head coach Bob Gaudet and University of New Hampshire head coach Dick Umile.

An awards dinner featuring a live and silent auction is slated for 5:00 p.m. on Monday. A Los Angeles Entertainment Package (two tickets to the September Eagles concert at Staples Center including dinner, hotel and airfare) and a Boston Sports Champions Package (2004 World Series baseball autographed by series MVP and Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez, official Super Bowl XXXIX hat autographed by New England Patriots captain Richard Seymour, official NHL puck autographed by Boston Bruins Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque and a basketball autographed by Boston Celtics star Antoine Walker) highlight the live auction.

Last year’s event raised over $30,000. The money raised went toward the construction of a new pediatric care unit at CMC.