Annual Golf Tournament Benefits Patients, Families at Saint Francis

More than 260 golfers and 40 volunteers turned out for the 25th annual Friends of Saint Francis Benefit Golf Tournament on August 24 at Bent Creek Golf Course. Funds raised support patients and their families at Saint Francis Medical Center.

Since the tournament began 25 years ago, more than $1.5 million has been raised to benefit patients and families throughout this region and provide access to state-of-the-art healthcare services at Saint Francis.

Through the funds raised at this tournament, The Friends of Saint Francis have supported numerous endeavors at the Medical Center, such as awareness efforts for women’s heart disease, cancer care, the Children’s Rooftop Garden and the Parents With Hope fund. This year’s contributions benefitted Friends Helping Friends 2012 in support of patients and their families. Beneficiaries include: Cancer Care Fund, which supports cancer patients and their families; Continuing Care Clinic, which provides patients with proper medicines, equipment and transportation; Palliative Care, which relieves the pain, symptoms and stresses for patients with serious illnesses; and Fit Kids, a new nutrition and wellness program that helps reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

“This and other fundraising efforts by The Friends help Saint Francis reaffirm our mission and the people we care for,” says Linda H. Decker, executive director of Saint Francis Foundation. “Gifts to the Foundation go directly to our patients, their families and members of our community. We are very fortunate to have the support of so many dedicated volunteers and contributors – they make all our efforts possible.”

The winners of the morning championship flight were Drew Anthon, Dave Gift, John Hauck and Kevin Simmons. Second place went to Tim Brewer, Patrick Carron, Lee Clinton and Steve Rozier. Third place went to Dave Babcock, Marilyn Curtis, Hervey Lavoie and Mark Miller.

The first-place team in morning flight A was made up of Mark Cicero, Jeff Grant, Andy Schutzenhofer and Blake Swearingen. Jeff Medintz, David Messina, Mike Mosella and Robbie Seaman took second place. Third place went to Rock Finch, Mike Grunloh, Cory Marchbanks and Steve Marchbanks.

The first-place team in morning flight B included Chris Johnson, Jim Lawrence, Ron LeGrand and Mike Shaffar. Second place went to Gerald Jones, Gerry Jones, Jerry Reynolds and Dean Smithmier. Third place was awarded to Josh Lee, Drew Martin, Kevin Mulchay and Dave Rotolo.
Scott Higgins, Greg Klund, Austin Putty and Bill Tegel took the top spot in the afternoon championship flight.  Second place went to John Abercrombie, John Brey, Mark Johnson and Jay Manus. Breven Giebler, Tom Hamilton, Chuck Roberts and Ron Seabaugh took third.

The first-place team in afternoon flight A was made up of James Banken, Sissy Donahue, Eric Fraley and Sally LeGrand. Buzz Atkinson, Dan Atkinson, Matt Clabaugh and Joe McLemore finished second. Third place was awarded to Donnie Chester, Dr. James Edwards, Dr. Ricky Lents and Robert Lents.
The first-place team in afternoon flight B included Steve Bauer, Christopher Marchi, Dennis Marchi and Bob Randolph. Second place went to Kevin Essner, Adam Rigdon, Robb Schlosser and Ryan Smith. Lonnie Chapman, Jason Lewis, Dan Newcomer and Kevin Probst took third place.

The Friends assists Saint Francis Foundation in providing services and financial assistance to the Medical Center. Formally organized in 1975, The Friends offers unique fundraising events that have enabled it to donate more than $2 million in support of the Medical Center. The Friends Board is composed of people from the community and employees who are committed to serving the Medical Center in an active way.

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