Special to the OBSERVER
Over $18,000 was raised for Hospice Chautauqua County at Chautauqua Golf Club on June 13, as more than 130 golfers took to the course, during the 14th Family Health Medical Services Tournament.
The money raised from the tournament continues to fund the growth of Hospice while showing that local medical businesses care about the people in the community.
Diane Voelker, who has been the coordinator of the golf tournament every year since the first, 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 to someone else to bring the light needed to raise money for the organization.
"I am ever so grateful that Family Health Medical Services has donated their time and efforts in order to support our organization." Megan D'Angelo, Director of Community Relations said.
"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," D'Angelo added. "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. Enhancing the cash prizes were many more prizes given through a Chinese auction generously donated by members of the local community.
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 Couples 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 while longest putt went to Dave Schuster.
Closest to the hole on a par-3 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 716-753-5383.