Gerber Memorial golf event raises $12,500 for community health
FREMONT– On a sunny break in a week of rain, 80 golfers teed up to raise $12,500 during Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s annual golf scramble held at Waters Edge Golf Course on Friday, June 21. Proceeds from the 19th annual fundraiser are going to Gerber Memorial’s community health programs, ranging from childhood nutrition and wellness education for more than 4,000 elementary students in Newaygo County to tobacco cessation classes and support groups.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is grateful to all the sponsors and golfers who took the opportunity to have fun and support a great cause that aims to improve the health of our community,” said Loretta Towne, Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial specialist. “Gerber Memorial’s community health program makes the healthy choice the easy choice for the families we serve. By empowering families with health and wellness resources, Gerber Memorial is helping people live healthier lives, which can strengthen our community well into the future.”
The morning started with a continental breakfast and pre-tee-off warm up tips from Gerber Memorial Rehabilitation Services Supervisor Matt Zahl, a functional golf specialist of the Gray Institute. Golfers enjoyed many hole-in-one opportunities as well as other contests. A highlight was the “mutt mulligans” where hospital therapy dogs greeted the golfers and offered some chipping assistance. After golf was completed, attendees enjoyed an outdoor lunch, catered by Lakes 23 Restaurant & Pub, where raffle prizes were drawn, and awards handed out.
The overall winning team shot a 49 and was from Shoreline Vision. The team included David Rawlinson, Joshua Metzger, Nathan Gilmore and Todd Riker. Awards were also given out to the top teams in the mixed division and the women’s division.
The 20th annual event will take place in June 2020.
To learn more about supporting Gerber Memorial’s community health programs or the Spectrum Health Foundation Gerber Memorial, please contact Loretta Towne at 231.924.3681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.