More than 170 people turned out on July 22 to support the Providence St. Mary Foundation’s annual golf tournament.
The event at the Walla Walla Country Club raised a record $125,000, Providence St. Mary’s Foundation Development Officer Stacey Simpson said in a statement.
“After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, we were thrilled to be able to continue the event and raise funds during this time of great need in our healthcare community,” said Lacey Rowberg, Director of Philanthropy. . “We so appreciate the generous community and support of this event’s sponsors.”
Themed “A Western Affair,” the tournament is the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. A reception, auction, paddle lift and prizes followed.
Different from previous years, every activity took place outdoors, Simpson said.
Foundation Board Member Bob Schumacher stepped in as emcee, and James Dean Kindle and his Country Combo performed live.
The new Providence Medical Assistant Apprenticeship program was the fundraising center for the paddle lifting portion of the evening.
“The program was created to meet a growing need for qualified and dedicated PAs to work in our clinics – from emergency care to family medicine, orthopedics and neurosurgery,” said Darcia Darcy, director Nursing and Clinical Quality, who made a brief presentation.
“Providence St. Mary offers salaries, benefits, on-the-job training, mentoring, free tuition, and the opportunity for apprentices to be placed in the clinic of their choice after completing their licensing exams master’s,” Darcy said.
“Many of these people have no medical training, just an ambition and a drive to change their lives and the lives of others for the better.”
Community members pledged $25,000 following his presentation, which will allow six apprentices to participate in the upcoming fall program.
All proceeds from the event stay in the Walla Walla Valley to help ensure the community has continued access to local health care.
The mission of the foundation is to serve everyone. Philanthropic support funds innovative programs, equipment and capital projects that help create a healthier community. Funding priorities include most urgent needs, cancer care, caregiver education, critical and specialist care, population health, and women’s and children’s services.