Golf Scramble hosted for charity
HUNTINGTON -- When you give to a charity, you want to know that your gift will be used wisely. With Hospice of Huntington, you know that's the case, said Jeff Morrison as he was participating in Hospice of Huntington's 11th Annual "Heating Up the Greens" Golf Scramble on Monday at Guyan Golf & Country Club.
"Hospice of Huntington -- they're good stewards of your time, your energy and your resources," said Morrison, who was playing with his father, Alan Morrison, and representing C.I. Thornburg Co. in the event. "Everyone wants to give, but when you give to people who are doing a lot with what you've given, it's a good thing."
There's no worthier cause, Alan Thornburg said, adding that Hospice has touched their family directly and proven what a valuable organization it is in the community.
Their team was among 27 that participated in this year's scramble, which has a financial goal of $23,000 to help cover unfunded needs and expenses at Hospice that cannot be reimbursed, said Charlene Farrell, its president and CEO.
"We get a flat, fixed amount of money per patient per day, and sometimes the cost of medication and treatments exceeds what we get reimbursed," she said. "This ensures that every patient gets what they need. We don't turn people away because of payment issues."
Hospice provides end-of-life care free of charge for residents of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mason counties in West Virginia and Lawrence County, Ohio.
Farrell just wishes everyone knew of the services that Hospice provides and how they can help during a difficult time.
"They don't have to do it alone," she said. "It's about being comfortable and surrounded by loved ones. It's about life, and living as well and as long as they can."
The golf scramble is one of Hospice's biggest fundraisers, Farrell said, adding that the support that pours in from all corners of the region is touching.
"As I was greeting each golfer as they came in today ... it warmed my heart to see that much support for Hospice of Huntington," she said.
Most of them "know someone who has had Hospice care and they were smiling," she said "It makes my heart swell to know we've impacted that many lives in our community."
Highlights of the scramble included a Hole-in-One contest, team awards, plus individual awards for such contests as Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive and Putting.
The winner were Brickstreet team, first place; Hall Funeral Home, second place; Lincoln Primary Care Center, third place; Patrick Farrell, men's closest to the pin; Peggy Trocin, women's closest to the pin; Josh Littlehales, men's longest drive; Sharon Chandler, women's longest drive; Greg Hanna, putting contest.
Sponsors include Chapman Printing, First Sentry Bank, Moses AutoMall, Campbell Woods, Raymond James, State Electric Supply, Pritchard Electric Co. and others.
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