WRHS Foundation Golf Tournament a Record Success

Batesville, Ark.—The White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation raised a record  $168,400 during the 20th Annual Golf Classic at the Course at Eagle Mountain on June 14th. The funds will be used to expand and renovate the White River Medical Center (WRMC) Emergency Room.

“Our tournament’s success is due in major part to the participating teams and sponsors,” said Dick Bernard, President of the WRHS Foundation Board of Trustees. “Their generosity allows us to continually improve the facilities and technologies throughout WRHS, which benefits our community members and area residents. We can’t thank them enough. ”

Forty teams participated in the tournament, and more than 100 sponsors stepped up to show their support. The Major Event sponsors included Clark Contractors, Citizens Bank, Consumer Collection Management, Inc, The Course At Eagle Mountain, Cromwell Architects Engineers, The Mash Program, Pepsi Beverage Company, Professional Consulting Services, Randy Reichardt Insurance Agency/ Central United Life, and White River Insurance Agency/ White River Financial Services.

Additionally, more than 35 WRHS employees and friends of WRHS volunteered at the tournament.

“The volunteers generously contribute their time to make sure this tournament is a success each year,” said Gary Bebow, WRHS CEO. “We greatly appreciate all their hard work and dedication.”

The WRHS Foundation kicked off this year’s tournament with a reception for those involved in the tournament, including players and sponsors, on June 13th at The Course at Eagle Mountain. Mr. Walt Coleman, Controller of Coleman Dairy (now Hiland Dairy) and top NFL referee, was the guest speaker. The Foundation also hosted the first ever golf ball drop, sponsored by First Community Bank and Hospital Wing of Memphis. Upon registration, each player drew a number, and a ball for that number was put into a bucket. During the drop, 160 golf balls were dropped out of a hovering helicopter, and whoever had the number that matched the ball closest to the hole was awarded a prize.

“We tried to add a few new features to this year’s tournament that were different,” said Matt McDonald, Director of the WRHS Foundation. “Each year the Foundation works to bring new and exciting things to the tournament to keep it fun and interesting.”

The team members from Bad Boy Mowers were the tournament winners. Team members included Will Bradshaw, Jeff Tosh, John Patrick McShane, and Chris Smith.

The Putting Contest Winner was Kenny Tosh. The Ladies’ Longest Drive Winner was Leslie Gitz while the winner of the Men’s Longest Drive was Brett Swenson. Sydney Nail was the Closest to the Line winner. The Closest to the Pin winners were players Tommy Ford, Ray LaCroix, Lowen Lermitte, and Peter Mamula. The Golf Ball Drop winner was Gary McDonald.

Established in 1992, the WRHS Foundation supports the mission of White River Health System by connecting the generosity of a caring community with opportunities to improve lives through better healthcare. The vision of the WRHS Foundation is to build a strong Foundation to support quality healthcare for patients and families.

In the last 20 years, the Golf Classic has raised over $2 million for vital programs and projects such as nursing scholarships, community health programs, the WRMC Cancer Care Center, the Josephine Raye Rogers Center for Women and Imaging, the Ground Floor Renovation and Patient Tower Expansion project, and, most currently, the WRMC ER expansion and renovation.

For more information about the White River Health System Foundation and opportunities for giving, please call Amanda Foster, Foundation Coordinator at (870) 262-1784 or email afoster@wrmc.com.

Tournament Photos