24th Annual Golf Tournament Raises $314K!

We couldn’t have asked for better weather at this year’s Annual Golf Tournament & Auction. It was clear skies, chilly breezes and all smiles that day as golfers arrived for breakfast. Golfers enjoyed Carrie’s Merries’ bloody marys and breakfast by Russo’s Gourmet Catering.

To get the day started, former patient and cancer survivor, Maggie Bohannan, spoke to guests about her cancer journey through her adolescent years and how Friends helped keep her smiling, even when she didn’t want to. Maggie’s father, Bob, was in attendance, too. Maggie wished everyone a great day of golf before she, Bob, and all other golfers headed out to their tees for a beautiful day of golf.

Throughout the day, guests imbibed drinks and snacks on the course as well as a great burger and brat lunch by O’B Clark’s and Russo’s Gourmet Catering.

“Everywhere I turn there’s a snack or beer!” said one golfer.

After golf, guests joined in the clubhouse for dinner while Rick Lommel, Bob Nuelle, and Ryan Lommel handed out plaques to some of the amazing sponsors that support the event.

Pediatric cancer patient, Elle, spoke in front of the crowd about the importance of mental health during treatment. She expressed the feeling of hope in seeing so many supporters gathered in one room together.

Rick moved into the auction where signed NHL and MLB jerseys, unique vacation packages, and in-home dining experiences were auctioned to the highest bidders.

Collectively, golfers and guests made a huge impact on our ability to provide excellent programming to our patients—and they had fun doing it!

This tournament is so successful year after year because of our loyal and generous sponsors, who often return each year for a good time with a meaningful cause.