(07/09/12) - More than 150 golfers - teeing off at $750 a pop; it's all part of the 20th annual Genesys Charity Classic at Warwick Hills, the biggest fundraising drive of the year for the Genesys Health Foundation.
"It's just exciting that people are willing to put that type of resource toward supporting a good cause like this," said Nick Evans, Genesys VP of Business Development.
That good cause is the continued development of the Women and Children's center at Genesys. The goal is to raise $100,000 this week.
"To redo one of the rooms, it's about $5,000. A lot of the monitors which we have purchased are about $19,000 each," Evans said.
Golf is only one piece of the puzzle. Festivities conclude with a big charity bash Saturday night at Warwick.
"It's the Party of the Summer. We've got a great band. There's tons of great food and lots of great activities, including a silent auction," said Greg Leach, Genesys Charity Classic Chairman.
This is the fifth and final year that proceeds will go toward the Women and Children's Center. A new Genesys charity will be announced soon for next summer.
"This is the fourth cause we've supported. It started out with Healthy Students 2000. Then we moved on to the Parish Nursing Program, then to the Genesys Scholarship program, raising $500,000 for each of those," Evans said.
Once this year's Classic is complete, organizers believe their efforts will have helped raise more than $2 million, dating back to 1993, and the fundraising won't end there.
"When the Buick Open left, that impacted a lot of charities around here, but we're still here, continuing on. It's our 20th year and we hope to have 20 more," Leach said.
Tickets are still available for Saturday night's Genesys Charity Classic party.
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