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Charity Classic breaks records

Over $180,000 raised to support ‘Greatest Needs’

(Photo courtesy of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center)
Beth Hughes, Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center president & CEO; Greg Lewis, MD, Pandola-Lewis honoree and a Morris resident; and Tom Burns, MD, Charity Classic committee chair, pose for a photo to mark Dr. Lewis’ receipt of the Pandola-Lewis Award for his many year of outstanding service to the medical center and the community.

JOLIET — Golfers attending the Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Foundation’s 29th annual Charity Golf Classic raised a record-breaking amount of funds to benefit the Medical Center’s Greatest Needs.

More than 260 golfers participated in the June 12 event, which was held at the prestigious Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. The event played a key role in advancing the region’s healthcare as over $180,000 in gross revenue from this major fundraising event went to benefit the Greatest Needs of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

“The Charity Classic has truly become an annual tradition of giving and fun,” says Beth Hughes, president & CEO. “I am always humbled by the generosity of our community, in addition to the unending support of our employees, physicians, volunteers, and board members. And a special thank you and congratulations to Dr. Tom Burns for successfully chairing this event for his first time.”

This year’s event honored Dr. Gregory A. Lewis with the Pandola-Lewis Award for his many years of outstanding service he has provided to the Medical Center and community.

Dr. Lewis was recognized for not only his compassion and expertise as a physician and leadership in his field, but also for the incredible dedication he has provided in chairing the Medical Center’s Charity Classic for the past 22 years; during which time the event has raised over $2 million in support of a variety of programs, capital projects, and advanced technological initiatives at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Dr. Lewis and his wife, Lanette, reside in Morris and are both Certified Star Level 3 Spinning (Indoor Cycling) Instructors. He has two grown sons, Jason and Ryan.

Other highlights included Scott Slocum’s live WJOL broadcast from Cog Hill, hole contests along the course, an exciting Helicopter Ball Drop, and a chance to try for a par three hole-in-one to win $1 million. Following golf, giveaways and fun was a dinner where members of the community were on-hand to support the Foundation’s efforts.

The Charity Classic has become one of the area’s most popular charity golf tournaments. Tournament Sponsor Bear Construction and Event Sponsors Hinshaw & Culbertson, Jensen & Halstead, Kurtz Ambulance, and MK Orthopaedics were among the many generous donors. Dr. Tom Burns chaired the event, and thanked his committee and more than 100 volunteers who helped make the event a success. Funds raised from the Charity Classic Golf Outing will be used to benefit the greatest needs of the Medical Center, which may include support for sophisticated and advanced care in pediatrics, heart care, critical care, emergency services, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopedic and rehabilitation, and women’s health.

These funds may also be used for charity care to support the growing numbers of uninsured patients served by the Medical Center, continuing education for nursing staff, or for new state-of-the-art equipment.

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