It was a long day on the links for 20 local golfers on Oct. 8 -- and it was time well-spent for a worthy cause.
The golfers each played 100 holes that day at Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course as part of the annual Hope 100 Golf Marathon, a fundraiser for local nonprofit Hope Hospice that is designed as a strenuous outing to symbolize the challenges patients and families face at the end of life.
This year's golf marathon raised nearly $70,000, with net proceeds helping Hope Hospice provide end-of-life care for local residents and their families as well as grief support and community education in the Tri-Valley.
"I am gratified that so many dedicated people have participated in this amazing event over the last four years," Hope Hospice board member Kathleen Berriatua, who served as this year's event chair, said in a statement. "The Hope 100 Golf Marathon is a demanding event that involves a serious commitment of the players who each set out to raise a minimum of $2,500 in addition to golfing 100 holes in a single day."
The golf marathon was founded four years ago, originally held in remembrance of former Castlewood golf pro Piper Wagner, who died in August 2014 at age 45 following a battle with lung cancer. She received care from Hope Hospice before her death.
The event has raised more than $360,000 for Hope Hospice since it began, making it one of the nonprofit's most successful fundraising events.
Nine of the golfers from this year have participated in all four annual marathons.
"Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a tremendous success," new Hope Hospice CEO Jennifer Hansen said in a statement. "As a nonprofit agency, we rely on the support of individuals, groups, businesses and corporate leaders to help us continue working with families in need."
The net proceeds from the event will help Hope Hospice provide the compassionate, quality end-of-life care necessary for hundreds of patients and their families throughout the year as well as grief support and community education, according to Hansen.
To learn more about the players, their stories, their fundraising achievements, sponsor recognition and the event overall, visit Hope100GolfMarathon.com.