WRHS Foundation Golf Tournament Held; Record Funds Raised

Photo caption: (L to R), Team members Steve Bell, Lindsey Castleberry, Buddy Vinson, and Dick Bernard took home the winning trophy at the 22nd Annual White River Health System Foundation Golf Tournament. Around 152 players participated in the event, which raised almost $182,000.

Batesville, Ark.—The White River Health System Foundation (WRHSF) raised a record  $181,938 during the 22nd Annual Golf Classic at the Course at Eagle Mountain. The funds will be used to expand and renovate the White River Medical Center (WRMC) Emergency Department (ED).

“We had an excellent turnout of sponsors and players for this tournament, making it one of our most successful,” said Dick Bernard, President of the WRHSF Board of Trustees. “We can’t thank them enough. Their generosity allows the WRHSF to further support the development of WRHS facilities, which has a positive impact on the communities WRHS serves.”

Approximately 152 players participated in the Golf Classic, and 129 sponsors stepped up to show their support. The Level One sponsors included Benefits Insurance Group, Clark Contractors, Citizens Bank, Consumer Collection Management, Inc., The Course At Eagle Mountain, Cromwell Architects Engineers, Cup’d Up Outdoors, The MASH Program, Modern Biomedical and Engineering, Inc., Pepsi Beverage Company, Professional Credit Management, and White River Insurance Agency/ White River Financial Services.

The Level Two Sponsors were Cardinal Health, Smith Plumbing, Welch, Couch & Company, PA, and Wood Family Dealerships.

Additionally, more than 40 WRHS employees and friends of WRHS volunteered at the tournament.

“The volunteers generously contribute their time to ensure 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 the tournament with a special reception the night before the tournament. The guest speaker, Jody Smotherman, WRHS Associate Administrator of the Graduate Medical Education, discussed the Residency Program at WRHS.

The team members from White River Insurance were the tournament winners. Team members included Buddy Vinson, Dick Bernard, Lindsey Castleberry, and Steve Bell.

Smith Plumbing was sponsor of the Golf Ball Drop. Survival Flight provided the helicopter. The winner of the Golf Ball Drop was Jeff Tosh.

The Putting Contest Winner was Cameron Reesor. The Ladies’ Longest Drive winner was Lori Pinckard, while the winner of the Men’s Longest Drive was Bart Simmons. Rusty Campbell was the Straightest Line winner. The Closest to the Pin winners were players Tom Ford and Jon Hidy. Skins Contest Winners were the players from the Bad Boy Mowers team and White River Insurance team.

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

In the last 22 years, the Golf Classic has raised over $2.4 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 ED expansion and renovation.

For more information about the WRHSF and opportunities for giving, please call Tiffany Cox, Foundation Coordinator at (870) 262-1784 or email tcox@wrmc.com.

Photo Caption: (L to R), Team members Steve Bell, Lindsey Castleberry, Buddy Vinson, and Dick Bernard took home the winning trophy at the 22nd Annual White River Health System Foundation Golf Tournament. Around 152 players participated in the event, which raised almost $182,000.