(Shaun Friedrichsen, Publisher)
On Friday morning, 30 teams began roving the golf course at the Fairbury Country Club, raising money for Jefferson Community Health Center (JCHC)
Lana Likens, Director of Public Relations at JCHC, explained that this is the 20th annual charity golf tournament for JCHC, and that it is still going strong.
“We started this as a fundraiser for Jefferson Community Health Center, and it has been a really good fundraiser over the years,” said Likens. “In addition, it’s a way for people to have a fun time and do good things as they help raise money for JCHC. We’re excited because this is the 20th annual tournament.”
She noted that the turnout for the tournament this year was on par with other years, stating that the maximum number of teams that can register is 32. A number of businesses also sponsored some of the holes during the tournament.
“We have 13 hole sponsors and they are a big part of what makes this possible,” Likens said. “There are a number of other contributing sponsors that help with the fundraiser, and a lot of businesses that have donated prizes. We have really, really good support from our community, some of the vendors we work with and local businesses.”
This tournament, Likens explained, plays a large role in allowing Jefferson Community Health Center to expand the quality of services they can offer to their patients.
“On an average year, the tournament raises about $10,000,” said Likens. “That money is unrestricted, which means it goes into an account that we can use for all kinds of things that come up. As a matter of fact, when we did our renovation, we used about $210,000 of unrestricted money from our fundraising dollars to help buy the brand new X-ray machine.
“Because the funds are unrestricted,” Likens continued, “they can go to any projects in the hospital. It might be equipment, it might be programs. So, people who support the golf tournament support the hospital in all different kinds of projects.”
The teams that registered for this year’s tournament come from many different areas; some are from the area, while others come from places such as Lincoln.
“A lot of people are able to network while having a good time,” said Likens. “That’s a big part of this as well, and from a community standpoint, it gives businesses and people an opportunity to support the hospital through a fun event.”
Roughly 15 people volunteered to help keep the tournament on course. Likens is grateful for all of the support from volunteers, teams and local businesses. She emphasized how grateful JCHC is for the continued support of the Fairbury Country Club, noting that without them, there would not be a tournament. She stated that this tournament is a great example of a “cooperative effort.”