The Edward Foundation raised a record $365,000 at its 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament, up from $301,000 raised at the 2013 tournament. The Tournament was held July 21 at Cog Hill Golf Club in Lemont.  The Foundation is the charitable fundraising organization of Edward Hospital & Health Services.

Mike Tomczak, former Chicago Bears quarterback, was the celebrity guest.

A record 275 golfers took part in the event and contributed funds through sponsorships, donations, a raffle, games and the purchase of mulligans.

The winning team on Cog Hill’s Dubsdread course included Brett Schroeder, Tom Giroux, Tom Bollinger and Marty O’Malley of St. Jude Medical.  The winning team on Cog Hill’s Course #1 and #3 included Edward physicians Dr. Darrel Kasten, Dr. Douglas Tran, Dr. Gonzalo Pandolfi and Dr. Matthew Dunne.

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Terese Surges, Edward Foundation Events Chair; Meghan Moreno, Edward Foundation Executive Director; and Pam Davis, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare CEO, prepared for the Helicopter Ball Drop.

This year’s event featured a Helicopter Ball Drop in which entrants paid for a chance to have a numbered golf ball dropped from a helicopter and land closest to the cup. The winner and Foundation split the Ball Drop proceeds of $5,625.

CLICK HERE for PN’s Calendar of  2014 Charity Golf Outings.

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Going forward, the Foundation’s 24th annual gala, The Big Gig: Wonderland, will be held on Saturday, September 27 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center.  For more information about the fundraiser and/or to register, visit www.edward.org/biggig.

Over the last three years, the Foundation has donated more than $4 million to Edward programs and services, including $1.9 million for da Vinci robotic surgical technology, $1.5 million toward the expansion and renovation of the Newborn and Pediatric Intensive Care Units and the Construction of the first Ronald McDonald House Charities Family Room in the state of Illinois, $1 million for the expansion of Linden Oaks at Edward, $1 million for the creation of a hybrid operating room in Edward Heart Hospital, $600,000 for gastrointestinal diagnostic equipment for early detection of cancers, $100,000 to Edward’s screening wellness and prevention programs, and $40,000 in scholarships to Edward employees pursuing a degree in nursing.

Since 1990, the Foundation has raised more than $35 million in its mission to support Edward’s community healthcare initiatives, centers of excellence like Edward Heart Hospital and Edward Cancer Center, and programs that make Edward unique, like the Ronald McDonald Family Room. To make a donation to or for more information about the Foundation, call (630) 527-3954 or visit www.edward.org/foundation.

News release submitted by Mary Ellen Pavlik, Executive Assistant, Marketing Department, Edward – Elmhurst Healthcare