Meeker golfers support local programs

MEEKER I Aug. 9 was a great day in Meeker as 44 golfers teed-off to support local heath care.
Tournament winners were Todd Gerloff, David Calabrese, Pete Palmgren and Bob Bergman. Toby Smith and Marlin Linder won closest-to-the-pin in contests, Debbie Jordan won ladies’ longest drive and Bryce Ducey won men’s longest drive.
“We were very pleased with the turnout and support,” said Eric Blanke of Haselden Construction and tournament organizer. “Funds raised by the tournament benefitted Pioneers Healthcare Foundation programs, and services such as Meals on Wheels and Cancer Screenings are exactly the type of programs Haselden wants to support.”
“Pioneers Healthcare Foundation is very grateful to all of the sponsors and golfers for their generosity,” said Margie Joy, executive director of the Pioneers Healthcare Foundation. “The foundation just celebrated its second anniversary. We are thrilled with the programs the foundation has participated in. We have been able to secure grants and donations that are funding programs and benefiting Meeker residents.”
Foundation programs include: the Marvine Ranch Cancer Screening Fund assists low-income and uninsured women to receive necessary health screenings; Meals on Wheels is dedicated to providing a meal a day, five days a week to those who are disabled or cannot cook for themselves; Grow Your Own offers scholarships, internships and other workforce development programs to build a sustainable healthcare workforce for our region; the Kris Borchard Strive for Excellence Scholarship supports local residents starting into medical school or other health-care master programs; Hospice of the White River is a new program to develop local hospice services; Blazin’ Trails, Around the World for Wellness is a community-wide health and wellness program designed to give residents the tools and resources for a sustainable healthy lifestyle; and with the Capital Improvements and Equipment program, the foundation matches local funding with grant funds to provide necessary capital resources for our local health-care needs. In the past 12 months grant funds have helped provide a video laryngoscope and a portable ultrasound machine.