October 5, 2017

Golf tournament raises $262K for Gainesville domestic violence shelter

By AccessWDUN staff

The 26th Annual Medical Center Open Golf Tournament, which was held Thursday at Chicopee Woods, raised $262,082 for Gateway Domestic Violence Center.   All of the proceeds will go to the “Gateway to 2020 Campaign,” a $2 million capital initiative to build a new domestic abuse shelter.

Funds from the tournament will allow for the construction and furnishing of a counseling suite. The suite will include six support group rooms at Gateway’s new shelter facility, and depending on construction costs, potentially a dining room.

“What a great community event!” declared Jessica Butler, the executive director of Gateway.  “This year’s partnership with The Medical Center Foundation will help create an environment for healthy, self-sufficient growth and violence prevention. Everyone participating today is helping to create an environment where Gateway’s women and children can live safely in their homes.”

Butler added “I am also so thankful for The Medical Center Foundation.  Year after year, the Foundation’s Medical Center Open partners with local non-profits to support health initiatives in the community. That kind of commitment is so important to the area’s overall health and the community has benefitted many times over because of their tireless efforts.”

Since 1997, the Medical Center Open has raised more than $3.5 million to support community health improvement initiatives.

Once play was over Thursday, this year’s top prize, the Woody Stewart Trophy, was awarded to Cliff Oliver, Chris England, Sam Hulsey and Casey Maney with the low gross score of the day.

The Medical Center Open was supported by premier sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and McGarity’s Business Products/ Xerox Corporation, who sponsored the 19th Hole Reception. There were more than 200 sponsors, more than 200 players and 100 volunteers.

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