(EFFINGHAM, IL) – The HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation 9th Annual Golf Benefit held July 21 at the Effingham Country Club was a big success.  The event, which evolved through a partnership with Jonathan Kabbes and “Golf for a Cure” held in 2009 and 2010, netted $32,500 to benefit the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab and additional advanced cardiac services in partnership with the Prairie Heart Institute at St. Anthony’s. 
Items to be purchased from funds raised through the Golf Benefit include a Dicom Printer to show patients images of their arteries both before and after the procedure, a SCIFIT PRO2 Total Body Exerciser for post-cardiac or procedure rehabilitation, and, as funds permit, a SonoSite SII Ultrasound System. 
“Holes for Heart Care”, held at the Effingham Country Club, included 134 golfers, 126 sponsors/donors, and 35 volunteers.  The event included many exciting activities and outstanding golf.  Prior to a Noon Tee-Off start, Theresa Rutherford, HSHS St. Anthony’s President and CEO, welcomed the golfers, thanked the sponsors, and concluded her remarks with a prayer.  The golf event also included a variety of activities on the course, such as “EKG Closest to the Line”, longest putt, longest drive, closest to the pin, and a putting contest.  Other highlights include a “bags toss” game for prizes hosted by Air Evac Lifeteam, the landing/departing of the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter, and new this year, the $1 Million Hole-in-One Challenge.  Six golfers received the opportunity to shoot a 150-yard shot on Hole 18 for a chance to win $1 Million.  Following 18 holes of golf, the golfers enjoyed a reception, the $1 Million Hole-in-One Challenge, presentation of awards, and the drawing of the raffle ticket items in the clubhouse at the Effingham Country Club. 
The First Place Low Gross winning team was the Schumacher Orthodontics team of Chuck Schumacher, Matt Koester, Bob Huey, and Gary Greene.  The Second Place Team was the Donnewald Distributing team of Tom Steppe, Mike Donnewald, Rob Donnewald and Craig Heinzman.  Some of the other contest winners were:

  • Longest Drive (Men) – Craig Heinzman

  • Longest Drive (Ladies) – Crystal Tipton

  • Closest to the EKG Line – Larry Tish

  • Closest to the Pin – Chad Zerrusen and Craig Heinzman

  • Longest Putt – Jeff Master

  • Putting Contest – Brandon Weber

  • Skins Game Team Winners – Schumacher Orthodontics and Donnewald Distributing

  • Air Evac Lifeteam Firefly Gift Card Drawing – Michael Karibian

  • Midland States Bank Gift Baskets –Meg Burns and Brian Hardiek

  • $1 Million Hole-in-One Challenge Contestants –Bruce Vernon, Bob Huey, Matt Sager, Dennis Baker, Katie Cripe, and Scott Conant

Raffle Package Drawing with various prizes were won by the following people:

  • French Lick Resort Overnight Stay & Golf (donated by French Lick Resort) – Gary Swearingen

  • Titleist Scotty Cameron Putter (donated by Krouse Pro Shop) – Dr. Ted Gleason

  • St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs Tickets (donated by Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyota) – Brent Sandschafer

  • Six Flags St. Louis Tickets and Gift Basket (donated by Six Flags St. Louis) – Nate Anderson

Joe Fearday, Foundation Leadership Council Chairperson, expressed his thanks. “We are blessed to have the overwhelming support of our community to strengthen and grow our ministry of healing to those we serve.  We are so pleased with the support given to this event, which permits the hospital to have advanced services and state-of the art equipment available to serve the individuals and families throughout our service area,” he said. “We are very grateful for our sponsors/donors, volunteers, and those individuals participating in many ways the day of the event. An idea which originally started as service project developed by Jonathan Kabbes as a way to ‘give back’ to Effingham has now grown into a full scale community event.” 
A special thank you to our Lead Golf Benefit Sponsors for their generosity:
Listen to Your Heart Sponsor

  • Air Evac Lifeteam

  • Midland States Bank

Achy Breaky Heart Sponsors

  • CIRA (Central Illinois Radiological Associates, LTD)

  • Consolidated Communications

  • Donnewald Distributing Company

  • Heartland Dental

  • Hodgson Mill

  • JEDCO Sales, Inc.

  • Stevens Industries

  • Swingler Construction

Meal Sponsors

  • McDonald’s –Blake and Laura Linders

  • Subway –Wallace Family

“Putt” A Little Love in Your Heart Sponsors

  • Dr. John and Carol Gapsis

  • J & J Ventures Gaming

  • JCCI/Jansen Cable Construction, Inc.

Sign Sponsor

  • Double D Signs, Inc.                                           

The HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation extends a special thank you to Tim Krouse, Nick Schuette, Andrew Decker and their team at the Effingham Country Club for hosting the event.

Michael Wall, St. Anthony’s Director of Philanthropy, shared his gratitude to all those involved with the Golf Benefit.  “I would like to extend congratulations to all those involved with the Golf Benefit: whether you golfed, were an event sponsor, promoted the event, recruited sponsorships, volunteered, or stayed at the hospital to serve our patients and colleagues, you were a valued part of this winning team,” Wall said.  “A special thanks to Joe Fearday, Dr. Chuck Schumacher, Jerry Hecht and Matt Koester for their valued assistance coordinating the “Holes for Heart Care” event that combined a fun day with providing awareness to our community regarding the number one cause of death in the United States…Cardiovascular disease.”
For more information about the HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation, contact Michael Wall, Director of Philanthropy, at (217) 347-1854 or email Michael.Wall@hshs.org.

Photo: The Schumacher Orthodontics Team of (left to right) Chuck Schumacher, Gary Greene, Matt Koester, Bob Huey, and was the First Place Low Gross winning team at the HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation 9th Annual Golf Benefit.  The Golf Benefit evolved through a partnership with Jonathan Kabbes and his “Golf for a Cure” which he held in 2009 and 2010.  This year’s event netted $32,500 to benefit to the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. 

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HSHS Illinois
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