18 Holes for Hope

 

August 19, 2009

A group of 56 golfers came to the Oak Brook Golf Club for the hole-in-one tournament along with twenty volunteers. The golf tournament raised more than $3,000, with all proceeds donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Maywood.

Loyola Center for Fitness hosts golf outing fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House

 

By: Katie Leimkuehler/Triblocal.com staff reporter
08/14/09 08:59 AM 233 hits

Loyola Center for Fitness in Maywood held its first charity golf outing, 18 Holes of Hope, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Aug. 10.

A group of 56 golfers came to the Oak Brook Golf Club for the hole-in-one tournament along with twenty volunteers. The golf tournament raised more than $3,000, with all proceeds donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Maywood.

The idea came about after Matt Cormack of Loyola Center for Fitness and his boss executive director, Josh Carlson, toured the Ronald McDonald House.

“I was really overwhelmed by the generosity that it took to build and maintain this house,” Cormack said. “Everything from food to electricity is donated. I really felt like I wanted to do something for the house.”

Cormack, who has a passion for golf, helped coordinate the tournament.

“My hope is to raise money and awareness of all the wonderful things they do to help continue their work,” Cormack said.

He said the fitness center plans to make the tournament an annual event. The date for next year is June 18, 2010.

Heather McDonald, a Westchester resident and a volunteer from the Ronald McDonald House, assisted in planning the event.

“I choose to help wherever I can to raise community awareness of our charity,” McDonald said

She assisted with the raffle tickets, behind the scene set up and providing information to golfers in the tournament. McDonald also is a communication volunteer at the Rhouse and creator of their newsletter that promotes the organization.

“I absolutely love the [Ronald McDonald House] and the level of support they provide to the families,” McDonald said. “Fundraising is very critical because it goes toward the overall operations of the house.”

The Ronald McDonald House in Maywood is looking for volunteers. To volunteer, call 708-327-2271. For more information, on the charity go to www.rmhccni.org.

By Katie Leimkuehler
Triblocal.com reporter

 

 

 

 

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