21st Annual Paul W. Smith Golf Classic

Event Information


7:30am registration


Country Club of Detroit

Funds raised will support AARC and substance use disorder interventions and priority needs of The Children’s Foundation.

The opposite of addiction is connection.” -Dr. Matt LaCasse, Director, AARC


Youth in our communities are dying because of substance use; addiction is a disease that often develops during vulnerable teen years. Those who are struggling with substance use disorder may often struggle with other mental health disorders that require specialized therapy to treat conditions simultaneously. Unfortunately, services like this are sparse for youth. Our current system is leaving patients without appropriate care and as a tragic result, young lives are being lost.


Adolescent Addiction Recovery Center (AARC) is a new, comprehensive, outpatient-based clinic for adolescents struggling with substance use and mental health. Using specialized therapy, the clinic focuses on empowering youth to make actions that bring them closer to their values and the things they care about, building connectedness with themselves, their families and those around them. AARC also provides treatment for psychiatric issues that often accompany substance use, including anxiety and depression.


AARC is possible thanks to the philanthropic generosity of donors like you. Your support is essential to maintaining and growing this crucial resource for youth. Join us in this important effort as an attendee or sponsor. Your gift will change and save lives.

In this 21st year of the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic, break out your clubs for new tee boxes as we head to the Country Club of Detroit on July 29. In its second decade, the PWSGC continues to benefit four Detroit organizations that focus on the academic, mental health, physical, and nutritional well-being and growth of the children of the Motor City.

Your participation supports 55,000 Detroit area youth served by Detroit PAL, The Children’s Center, The Children’s Foundation, and Variety of Detroit will benefit!