Clara Barton Hospital Foundation’s supporters came together at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall like they have done every year for the past 22 years, to raise money for the non-profit Hospital. “This annual benefit brings the community together every year,” states Michelle Moshier, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Clara Barton Hospital is important for so many people, and they show it in grand gestures at the auction. It’s truly wonderful to see this type of support.”
The support did come in at the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation’s “Then & Now: Continue the Vision” 22nd Annual Benefit – Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction, June 19th, celebrating a milestone year for both the Foundation and the Hospital. This year marks the 25th anniversary for the Foundation, as well as the Hospital’s name change to Clara Barton, with this year’s proceeds supporting the hospital’s therapy services and laundry expansion project.
The silent and live auctions posted big numbers, bringing in $33,500 to the foundation. The monies raised every year are spent in support of a project at the hospital, with the foundation’s board of trustees directing the funds to the expansion project as part of their pledge to the “Complete the Dream…Continue the Vision” capital campaign. $10,500 of the total was raised through a special “Gift from the Heart” appeal, with the 1990 board members Rev. Garry Dassow, Nadine Jones, Dr. Dave McMillon, Jim Meitner, and Dr. Michael White as well as the current foundation board each donating $1,000 from each board to kick-off the special appeal. Ike Walter, Clara Barton Hospital’s first CEO, responded to their appeal with a gift of $2,500 in honor of the 25th anniversary. The crowd of supporters collectively donated to this special appeal which goes to the hospital for a future critical need.
The benefit dinner, sponsored by, Nex-Tech and Nex-Tech Wireless, Landmark National Bank, Ike and Jackie Walter, and Wal-Mart was held at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall and included the golf tournament awards ceremony and silent and live auction.
The golf tournament included 24 teams, golfing in two flights for the four-man scramble at Lake Barton Golf Course. In the Championship Flight, first place, $200, and monogrammed polo shirts were awarded to Bruce Cooper, Mike Huddleston, and Mark Cooper, playing on the Clara Barton Clinics-sponsored team. Second and $100 and 1 dozen golf balls went to Tyler Schremmer, Scott Klug, Tim Boxberger, and Kurt Schremmer, sponsored by Dr. Tyler Schremmer, OD, while third and 1 dozen golf balls went to the Wichita Surgical Services team, which included, Todd Alderdice, Bill Boxberger, Lance Hoopingarner, and Mike Aylward.
In the First Flight, first place was awarded to Brian Wilborn, Chuck Fellholter, Bill Lowry, and Jim Vopat playing on the Community Bank team. Second went to Gary Boxberger, Leon Steiner, Eric Steiner, and Zach Baird, while third went to Luke Danner, Dalton Beck, Cameron Heckle, and Aaron Schneweis, playing for Heartland Cancer Center. And new this year, the team that finished last place received $25 gift cards to Long Drive Driving Range and first aid kits sponsored by Barton County Transfer Service.
The golf tournament also included multiple contests. There were no hole-in-ones this year, but The Longest Drive was won by Tim Boxberger on the men’s side and Ali Rein on the women’s; the Longest Putt was won by Nathan Spare for the men, and by Ann Palmer of the ladies; The Closest to the Hole went to Kenny Steiner; and the Straightest Shot was won by JD Dreiling for the men, and Cindy Vink for the ladies; and in the Chipping Contest sponsored by First Kansas Bank, Gary Boxberger claimed first place, while Zach Baird was second.