(EFFINGHAM, IL) – The HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation 10th Annual Golf Benefit held July 20 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 $36,000 benefiting the hospital’s Emergency department.  Proceeds will support heart health awareness and education, along with providing Emergency department communication enhancements.  The purchase of the Responder 5 Staff Terminal will allow care-givers to anticipate a patient’s needs, to respond more quickly to a patient’s change in condition, and to assist with their pain management. 
“Holes for Heart Care”, held at the Effingham Country Club, included 136 golfers, 112 sponsors/donors, and 44 volunteers.  The event included many exciting activities and outstanding golf.  Prior to a Noon Tee-Off start, HSHS St. Anthony’s President and CEO Theresa Rutherford 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 “Hit the Floating Green”, along with information and demonstration booths show-casing St. Anthony’s departments and service lines.  A popular part of the event again this year was “The Challenge.” Six golfers received the opportunity to shoot a 150-yard shot on Hole 18 for a chance to win $100,000 or $1 Million.  Following 18 holes of golf, the golfers enjoyed a reception, the $100,000/$1 Million Hole-in-One Challenge, presentation of awards, and the drawing of the raffle ticket items. 
Winning first place was the Schumacher Orthodontics team of Gary Greene, Matt Koester, Michael Koester and Dr. Chuck Schumacher.  Finishing in second place was the Heartland Dental team of John Collier, Blake Lynch, Kyle Moomaw and Brandon Weber.  Some of the other contest winners were:

  • Longest Drive (Men) – Justin Martin

  • Longest Drive (Ladies) – Mandy Henning

  • Closest to the EKG Line – Matt Sauer

  • Closest to the Pin – Tom Steppe and Phil Zaccari

  • Longest Putt – Jay Nottingham

  • Hit the Floating Green – Doug Bridges

  • $100,000 and $1 Million Hole-in-One Challenge Contestants – Dennis Baker, Tony Farthing, Pete Goeckner, Jared Hites, Eric Hoffman and Kyle Moomaw.

 Raffle package drawing with various prizes were won by the following people:

  • Seven-night Resort Getaway – Theresa Rutherford

  • YETTI Hopper Flip Cooler (donated by Krouse Pro Shop) – Jeff Odenthal

  • St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Tickets (donated by Dan Hecht Chevrolet-Toyota) – Racheal Fearday

  • Trace Adkins Tickets, Bent Key Escape Passes, Firefly Gift Card (donated by Effingham Performance Center, Bent Key Escape, and The Firefly Grill) – Dr. John Sudkamp

  • John Boos Showroom Gift Certificate (donated by John Boos Factory Outlet and Showroom) – Dr. John Sudkamp

Foundation Leadership Council Chairperson Joe Fearday expressed his thanks by sharing, “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 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 10 years ago as a 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

  • Consolidated Communications

  • Midland States Bank

Achy Breaky Heart Sponsors

  • Health Alliance Medical Plans

  • Heartland Dental

  • McCarthy Building Companies

  • Michael Donnewald Foundation

  • Stevens Industries, Inc

Lunch/Reception Sponsors

  • Compass One Healthcare

  • McDonald’s – Blake and Laura Linders

  • Subway – Wallace Family

Beverage Cart Sponsors

  • CIRA (Central Illinois Radiological Associates, LTD)

  • Swingler Construction

  • The Equity

“Putt” A Little Love in Your Heart Sponsors

  • Dave Roepke Painting, Inc.

  • J & J Ventures Gaming

  • JCCI/Jansen Cable Construction, Inc.

  • Sanitation Services, Inc. and “The Rubbish Gobble”

Gift-in-Kind Sponsors

  • Double D Signs, Inc.

  • JEDCO Sales, Inc.                       

  • John Boos Factory Showroom and Outlet

  • Krouse Pro Shop              

The HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation extends a special thank you to Tim Krouse, Russ Dalton, Andrew Decker and Maggie Meylor, and their team at the Effingham Country Club for hosting the event.
St. Anthony’s Director of Philanthropy Michael Wall 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, Jerry Hecht, Matt Koester, Dr. Chuck Schumacher and Michael Vogt 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) Michael Koester, Gary Greene, Dr. Chuck Schumacher and Matt Koester won first place at the HSHS St. Anthony’s Foundation 10th 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 $36,000 to support heart health awareness and education, along with providing Emergency department communication enhancements. 

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HSHS Illinois
Office: (217) 464-1161

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