Pro-Am raises funds for BHS heart hospital

By CLINT WOLF
News editor

BELOIT — It was a beautiful day for golf Monday with sunny skies, a few cool breezes and smiling faces on the grounds of the Beloit Club.

This was the scene at the 32nd Annual Beloit Health System Foundation Pro-Am, where golf was not the only activity on the itinerary for the day.

The Pro-Am had a goal of raising $125,000 this year and it was able to meet and slightly exceed that goal, raising $125,070.

The fundraiser for the Beloit Health System Foundation also featured dinner with 215 guests, a silent auction featuring vacation getaways, spa days, sports event tickets, and much more.

“We really couldn’t have asked for nicer weather,” said Beloit Health System Foundation Executive Director Lara Hermann. “There were just enough clouds to keep the temperature down and a few cool breezes.”

Funds raised by this year’s Pro-Am will go towards the new Hendricks Family Heart Hospital, on the fourth floor of Beloit Memorial Hospital.

The 38,200-square-foot heart hospital includes some of the latest equipment for the treatment of cardiac patients. The $13.8 million project was started in late 2015 and an open house was held June 3, officially opening the heart hospital. The heart hospital features a hybrid cardiac cath lab/surgery room, critical care unit, rehabilitation facilities and more.

The Pro-Am golf event partnered 96 amateur golfers with 24 state golf pros. Each group of five golfers were able to golf one hole with the featured PGA golf professional, Rocco Mediate, who was stationed at the 10th hole.

Hermann said the golfer in the fivesome who hit the ball closest to the pin received an autographed ball from Mediate.

Bob Metzger’s name was drawn for the Putt for Cash event at the Pro-Am. Metzger tried to sink a 50-foot putt for his chance to win $10,000.

Although he came close, he was not able to win the prize, Hermann said.

After the golfing was done, guests could bid on items donated to the Pro-Am event for the silent auction. Items offered in the auction included Milwaukee Brewers tickets, a golf bag and hat autographed by PGA pro Steve Stricker, a gift certificate to WM DaySpa, a six-month membership to NorthPointe Wellness fitness facility, a stay-and-golf package at the Couer d’Alene Resort in Idaho, a travel/dinner package to New York City including dining at a restaurant owned by Beloit native and celebrity chef
Michael White, and more.

Many old friends turned out for the event, some of whom have been golfing in the event for years. Hermann noted Charlie Hart has golfed in the Pro-Am every year since it started. She said the health system and the foundation appreciate the strong community support they have received over the years. She said the Pro-Am allows the foundation to offer something fun for the community to come out and support.

“It brings the community together for a fun event, and allows everyone to
share in a common interest,” she said.

She also thanked the sponsors of the Pro-Am. The major sponsors for the event are Regal, Kerry Inc., Tricor and First National Bank and Trust.

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