Golf Outing Showcases Generous Donors, Volunteers

Posted 15 July 2015 11:01 AM by TCAuthor3

By Linda Gilbert, Shawano Medical Center Foundation Director

There is an Italian proverb that says, “Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” As we pull together the last details of the upcoming Golden Sands Women/Friends of Hospice golf outing, I can’t help but remember – with gratitude—the successful golf outings in the past. These funds raised by these annual days on the course have brought hospice patients and families everything from massage therapy to a special weekend together.

This year, when ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano opens, it will include a hospice suite that was made possible by previous golf outings and donors throughout the year.

This year’s golf outing, set for July 29, will again bring 144 women to Golden Sands. In addition, the outing brings out the best in area businesses and individuals, who support it with financial support and donations of time and skills.

There are some major donors. The Boldt Company is the 2015 Course Sponsor. The wine sponsors are Dave and Leah Passehl and Prime Sports; Chef-prepared dinners sponsor is West Shore Partners, LLC. These sponsors set the stage for a day filled with activities, prizes and a memorable golf experience.

Also gratifying is how so many people in the community come together to support the hospice program. One of the most visible ways is through raffle donations.  This year there are two special raffles—a Door County weekend that includes two nights at the Cornerstone Suites, donated by Mettie Lautenbach, and two rounds of golf (18 holes) at the Orchards in Egg Harbor. The other raffle is for the unique experience of a chef-prepared meal in the lucky winner’s home.

Dozens of local businesses and individuals donated prizes for the basket raffle.

These donations are important, but are still only part of the story. Contributions of time are just as important in making this day a success. On the golf course are special event holes, staffed by ThedaCare and community volunteers.

Not so visible, but essential to the success of this event are the planners—the volunteers who clean up one years’ event and dive right into planning the next one. This dedicated team includes Diane Anderson, Lois Aumann, Lenore Behnke, Jaime Gajewski, Elise Greenhill, Betty Klitzke, Patsey Robertson, Ellen Swedberg,  Jill Whiteman, Donna Rae Klements and Nancy Hentge. They are helped by ThedaCare staff Teri Metropulas, Angie Krueger, Kathy Micoley, and the team at hole # 8, Tom Bruce and Tony Jagla.

When I think of what their work will mean for the future care of hospice patients, I think I have to modify that Italian proverb a bit. In the midst of such generosity of spirit, gratitude is not just the memory of the heart, it is also the hope.