Nineteen golfers gathered to help raise more than $64,000 for Hope Hospice by playing 100 holes in one day at Castlewood Country Club to honor the memory of late Castlewood golf professional Piper Wagner.
The format of last month's Hope 100 Golf Marathon was designed to be strenuous for the players, symbolizing the challenges patients and families face at the end of life, according to Hope Hospice officials.
"Our hats go off to these individuals and groups who took on the fundraising challenge," Hope Hospice CEO Bob Boehm said in a statement. "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 annual golf marathon, which was held for the first time last year, remembers former Castlewood pro Wagner, who died in August 2014 at age 45 following a battle with lung cancer. She received care from Hope Hospice before her death.
"We are thrilled and gratified by the success of this golf marathon," said Kathleen Berriatua, Hope Hospice board member and event chair. "We rely on the support of individuals, groups, businesses and corporate leaders to help us continue working with hundreds of families in need."
The net proceeds from the Hope 100 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.
This year's marathon participants were Gary Crossley, Aaron Lee, Joe Berriatua, Chuck Shoemaker, Greg Boudreau, Tim Cabral, John Capener, Nicholas White, John Johnson, Thaddeus Buurkarl, Jim Berriatua, Marvin Padilla, Dan McClennon, Matthew Berriatua, Jacob Concannon, Tim Hogan, Manuel Tumaneng, Dean Wagerman and Jim Swansiger.
Visit Hope100GolfMarathon.com to learn more about the players' stories, their fundraising achievements, sponsor recognition and other event information.