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Local golf marathon raises $144,000 for Hope Hospice

25 golfers play 100 holes in one day in memory of late Castlewood pro

Some 25 golfers helped raise more than $144,000 for Hope Hospice by playing 100 holes in a one-day golf marathon at Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course last month.

"We thank everyone involved for making this event a tremendous success," Hope Hospice interim CEO Bob Boehm said. "Because we are a nonprofit agency, funds raised through donations go right back into the community in the form of hospice care and individualized services."

The inaugural Hope 100 Golf Marathon was held June 8 in honor of Piper Wagner, a former Castlewood golf professional who died last August at age 45 following a battle with lung cancer. Wagner received care from Hope Hospice before her death.

The 100-hole marathon format, played amid triple-digit forecasts, was designed to be strenuous, symbolizing the challenges patients and families face at the end of life, according to Hope Hospice officials.

"The Hope 100 Marathon was a unique event that involved a serious commitment of the players who each set out to raise a minimum of $5,000," said Kathleen Lawrence, event co-chair and Hope Hospice board member.

"We are thrilled and gratified by the success of this first-time golf marathon," added co-chair and fellow board member Kathleen Berriatua. "We rely on the support of individuals and corporate leaders to help us continue working with hundreds of families in need."

The net proceeds from the golf marathon will help Hope Hospice provide the compassionate, high-quality care necessary for hundreds of patients and their families throughout the year, according to nonprofit officials.

Visit Hope100GolfMarathon.com for player names, their stories, their fundraising achievements, sponsor recognition and other event information.

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