Over $60,000 Raised at Hospital Friends Golf Outing

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Published on August 24 2012 7:23 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Friends of St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital’s 4th Annual Golf Benefit held July 20 at the Effingham Country Club was a big success.  The event, which evolved through a partnership with Jonathan Kabbes and “Golf for a Cure” held in 2009 and 2010, raised over $60,000 towards the Friends Hope & Healing Campaign to benefit the Center for Advanced Imaging.  With the help of many giving members of the community and dedicated hospital staff, the Friends have raised approximately $2.8 million towards the project that provided the most advanced diagnostic technology in the region to help diagnose cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s at earlier stages, without having to travel out of town.

(PICTURED ABOVE: FRIENDS OF ST. ANTHONY'S VICE CHAIRMAN DICK HAWICKHORST, FRIENDS CHAIRMAN JIM HECHT, AND ST. ANTHONY'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FUND DEVELOPMENT MICHAEL WALL)

The event was blessed with ideal weather conditions for the 128 golfers, over 50 volunteers, and many other community members. The day included many exciting activities, entertainment and outstanding golf.  Prior to a shotgun start at 12:45 pm, golfers were treated to an entertaining exhibition by Craig Hocknull, a Trick Short Artist, and his “Outback Golf Show” sponsored by Jacobson & Associates – Healthcare Consulting.  The golf event also included a variety of activities on the course, such as “Beat the Pro,” Niemerg’s Steakhouse Challenge, longest putt, longest drive, closest to the pin, and the opportunity to master two of Craig’s trick shots.

The winning team of the Golf Benefit was the J & J Ventures team of James Jansen, Kit Koerner, Michael Koerner, and Michael McHugh.  The second place team was Robert Huey, Ryan Brown, Michael Davin and Jonathan Kabbes.  Some of the other contest winners were:

·         Closest to the Pin (Men) – Dennis Sandschafer

·         Closest to the Pin (Ladies) – Katy Saathoff

·         Longest Drive (Men) – Michael Koester

·         Longest Drive (Ladies) – Katy Saathoff

·         Longest Putt – Dallas Kingery

·         Putting Contest – Michael Koester

Jim Hecht, Friends of St. Anthony’s Chairperson, expressed his thanks on behalf of the Friends.  “We are so grateful for our sponsors and community members who supported this event, beginning four years ago when Jonathan Kabbes started this event to help fight cancer in his community,” he said.  “Through their overwhelming community support by donating their money and time for this event, we can bring more hope and healing to our community.”