The 21st annual St. Claire Foundation Benefit Golf Outing held on Sept. 10 was a huge success! Participation in the yearly event supports the St. Claire Charity Care Fund, which helps St. Claire Regional (SCR) meet the medical needs of patients who have no healthcare coverage and/or cannot afford to pay for health services. Last year, SCR provided approximately $2.7 million in charity and uncompensated care (at cost) to low-income families.
Over the course two flights of golf, 35 teams battled it out at Eagle Trace to see who would be declared the winners. In each flight, awards were given to the first, second and third place teams based on a handicap, and a first place award was presented to the team with the overall lowest score. Seneca Medical won first place during the morning flight and UK HealthCare claimed first place in the afternoon. The Whitaker Bank and Blue & Co. teams also received first place designations, as they recorded the lowest overall gross scores.
The annual Golf Ball Drop Raffle sponsored by Fleming-Mason Energy was held during lunch. The lucky winner of the drop was Chris Kindrick of Credit Solutions. The raffle raised $1,500, with half being awarded to Kindrick, who in turn generously donated the winnings back to the foundation.
The real winner of the day, however, was the foundation, as more than $100,000 in cash and product contributions was raised, making 2015 one of the most successful golf outings in the event's history. "The St. Claire Foundation continues to be blown away by the level of support we receive to ensure St. Claire Regional can continue to provide charitable care to those who are in desperate need of it," St. Claire Foundation Executive Director Tom Lewis said.
The foundation's annual golf outing is the second largest outing held at Eagle Trace, as it is popular among local and regional organizations alike, with golfers from across the state traveling to participate. "I cover half of the state of Kentucky with my business so I have been to a lot of golf scrambles, and there's just no event that is better than this one," Scott Poage with American Business Systems said.
This year marked Poage's 21st year competing in the outing. Like Poage, there are many others who return to play year after year. Doug Hopson with Larry Fannin Chevrolet-Buick-GMC is another 21-year veteran of the event. Hopson said he particularly enjoys the outing because the focus is on giving back. "I play in this tournament to support the hospital," he said. "It's a good cause that helps others in our community."
In addition to bragging rights, a variety of other prizes and incentives are up for grabs during the outing. One of the biggest prizes is a brand new car, courtesy of Larry Fannin Chevrolet-Buick-GMC. "We've been doing this for 21 years, and no one has hit a hole-in-one," Hopson said. "We'd really like to see someone get it. I'd love to see us give a car away!"
While many veterans were on-hand, there were several first-time participants as well. Brad Stengel with Stengel Hill Architecture, the company in charge of an upcoming construction project on SCR's campus, said he wanted to attend to get to know more about the community and its residents. "For us, it's not just a job," Stengel said. "We try to create long-term relationships to really feel like we are part of the organization. What better way to do that than to engage in foundation work?"
Both Hopson and Poage expressed the importance of the event, and encouraged others to consider participating in the coming years. "Our hospital is a huge part of our community," Poage said. "A lot of people like to complain and don't focus on the positive aspect of things, but if we didn't have St. Claire it would be a huge loss. They not only do a lot for our community, but for all the counties around us."
Who knows, next year's big winner could be you! Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for next year's announcements about the 2016 outing and how you can get involved.
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