Friends of Saint-François golf tournament and online auction a success
Last Friday, 34 teams participated in the annual Friends of St. Francis Charity Golf Tournament held at the Homestead at Wolf Ridge Golf Course. The popular online auction also ran concurrently with the tournament. St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVHF) volunteers and staff organized both events and were delighted with the results. Above Odd Man Out entertains the teams after the game. From left to right: Kirk Harber, Terry Mask, Amy Easton, Jason Malinowski
Erin Gienow, Executive Director of SFVHF, said the proceeds from the tournament and auction will go towards the purchase of a GlideScope central unit for the emergency department at St. Francis Memorial Hospital. This device is a visualization system used for intubation and other critical airway procedures. She said that although the exact numbers are not known until later this week, this year’s events have been “very successful”. At least $ 30,000 is expected to be raised, which is comparable to previous years.
The putting contest was won by Adrian Tomasini, who received a gift certificate from the Ash Grove Inn for one night, one dinner and one breakfast.
Roseanne Hoffman, volunteer coordinator of the online auction, said it had 66 packages with a catalog value of $ 16,000. There was something for all tastes and interests. Now in its fourth year, the auction was supported by many returning sponsors – individuals and businesses – but it was also excited to see new sponsors this year. Also, new this year were the gift baskets put together by the Auxiliaries of the SFMH – a great way to make giving easier. Hoffman said she was always impressed with our local artists and artisans, and she posed for The stream holding one of the hand-woven baskets donated by a new sponsor, as well as one of the still popular locally made quilts.
Gienow said the tournament and online auction would not be possible without the generous support of more than 100 Foundation sponsors, volunteers and staff. Although the format of the day of golf changed from its usual start and shot to staggered tee times, participants still had a great day. “After our in-person tournament was canceled last year, it was great to see so many returning teams and we also had the opportunity to meet some new teams.” The teams had lunch under the marquee after playing and were entertained in the afternoon by music from Odd Man Out.
While everyone had fun, Gienow added, “We hope everyone who has contributed to the tournament and online auction knows that they are making a huge impact on local healthcare by ensuring that our wonderful caregivers have the tools they need to take care of us. all!”