Joe Deane Memorial Classic Golf Outing Sept. 21 to help halt opioid epidemic

From left, Joe Deane, Tommy Rausch, TJ Fitzgerald, Peter Deane, Dave Brennan, and Ed Brennan at golf club in Fort Lauderdale in November 2018.

MADISON — In November 2018, a month before he died of an accidental fentanyl overdose at 23, Madison’s Joe Deane went on a golf trip with his father and a group of his friends in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“Joe absolutely loved to play golf, he’d been sober for months, and he was doing so well,” said Lisa Deane, Joe’s mother and founder of demandZERO, which is hosting the second annual Joe Deane Memorial Classic Golf Outing on Monday, Sept. 21 at the Madison Country Club.

The event will raise funds for demandZERO, which was created in Deane’s memory “to combat the ever-growing opioid crisis by targeting the trade of illegal drugs in New Haven County,” its Facebook page reads.

“Through this event, we want to celebrate Joe’s life, give those who are struggling just like Joe did a fighting chance, and help do our part to put a stop to the opioid epidemic in New Haven as well as the shoreline,” Lisa Deane said.

The reception, at Brother Mike’s in Madison, will feature the Rising Phoenix signature sculpture, recently unveiled in Hartford, as well as an appearances by Farley and Bruce, drug-detecting canines purchased in February by demandZERO for the New Haven Police Department, provided they’re not otherwise needed.

For tickets, $50, to the buffet dinner, call Lisa Deane at 203-530-2339. Checks should be made out to demandZERO, P.O. Box 427, Madison 06443.

Connecticut Media Group