Golf season was in full swing as Family Health Medical Services hosted its 14th annual daylong benefit golf tournament at Chautauqua Golf Club last month. The tournament benefited Hospice Chautauqua County.
More than 130 golfers participated in the annual event. The benefit raised $18,000 for Hospice. The money raised from the tournament continues to fund the growth of Hospice, while showing that a local medical business cares about the people in the community.
Hospice Chautauqua County is a nonprofit organization that offers compassionate comfort and care for the terminally ill, while providing them with exceptional services as they spend their final days with dignity surrounded by family and friends. Additionally, Hospice provides compassionate medical treatment to support comfort and quality of life for patients and their families through their offering of a full range of social services, including nursing, education, bereavement counseling and pastoral care.
Pictured are Ron Sellers, CEO and president of Hospice, left, and Dr. Berke from Family Health Medical Services.
FHMS Community Giving Campaign Home is Where the Heart Is gives back to the community with the goal to keep the commitment to support local organizations that directly benefit the quality of life in Chautauqua County.
That is why FHMS chose Hospice Chautauqua County as a benefactor. Their endowment through the golf tournament ensures that those who have no insurance or those who have exhausted their benefits may still receive the end of life care that they deserve.
Diane Voelker, who has been the coordinator of the golf tournament every year since its creation, was very pleased to have offered her time to help raise the contribution for Hospice.
It was especially nice this year though, as she is retiring from being an integral part of the Family Health and Medical charitable team and passing the torch onto someone else.
"I am ever so grateful that Family Health Medical Services has donated their time and efforts in order to support our organization." said Megan D'Angelo, director of community relations for Hospice Chautauqua County. "She has such gratitude for a local business that cares so much for the terminally ill community. The funds raised by Family Health Medical Services really help us to enrich the lives of our patients all the while enhancing the many different services that Hospice provides. The support we receive from this golf tournament better helps our end of life care community, and it is absolutely amazing that they have raised so much for such a great cause."
The day began with lunch and ended with a dinner reception after the event. Enhancing the cash prizes were many more prizes given through a Chinese auction featuring items donated by community members.
Many prizes and awards were handed out. First-place overall winners were Dave Melquist, Judd Bohall, Jack Schwartz and Derek Watkins. Second place went to Mike Doino, Joe Castiglia, Mark Coyle and Sean Eagan. David Bird, Mark Taylor, Andy Woloszyn and Gary Leber took home third place. In the mixed couple division, Bill Johnson, Kathie Johnson, Paul Mattson and Ed Bradford won, while lowest overall score went to Brenda Martinson, Carolyn Murray, Becky Fardink and Patsy Otander. The Honesty Division with the highest score went to Tim Crandal, Melissa Pugh, Michelle Bumagin and Janice Loomis, and longest putt went to Dave Schuster. Closest to the hole par three went to John Chiarot and Kathie Johnson, and longest drive went to Jay Beers and Jody Lawson.
For more information about Hospice of Chautauqua County, call 753-5383.