Hughes Golf Outing Raises $15,822 For Cancer Care
A record-number of golfers turned out for the 10th Annual Gene L. Hughes, Sr. Memorial Golf Outing in support of cancer care in the greater Battle Creek community. One-hundred twenty golfers and numerous sponsors helped to raise $15,822 for the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Fund. The fund offers financial assistance for cancer patients who have little or no insurance and need help paying for needed medications, transportation to/from appointments, nourishment and other special needs.
Along with the funds raised, this year’s event took an exciting twist, when high schooler Jack Kyger shot a hole-in-one at the “Win a Cadillac” hole at the Battle Creek Country Club. That shot earned Kyger a new Cadillac, valued at $50,000, from Superior Buick Cadillac or $50,000 in cash. The Harper Creek High School student selected to take the cash.
“We were thrilled that Jack made a hole-in-one,” says Dorothy Hughes, Gene’s widow and organizer of the event. “Gene was a scratch golfer with seven holes-in one, three of which he made while undergoing cancer treatments. I know Gene would have loved that this young golfer made that shot during this event which is so meaningful to our family and community.” The Hughes family started the memorial golf outing in 2009, a year after Gene died from cancer.
Over the ten years, the outing has raised more than $166,000 for the Bronson Health Foundation’s Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Fund.
This year’s Major Sponsors of the golf outing were Rick and Linda Tsoumas and The Planning Group. Eagle Sponsors were: CTI Mechanical, LifeCare Ambulance, Motor Shop Electrical Construction Company and the J.E.C.K.S. Fund (Joe and Clara Stewart Family).
The Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Center has earned national recognition for the quality of cancer care it provides to the community. Honors include the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Accreditation, the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s Accreditation Program of Excellence, and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Together, these accreditations reflect the clinical excellence and wide variety of capabilities provided at The Cancer Care Center.
Check presentation photo caption: Gene L. Hughes II, Dorothy E. Hughes, widow of the late Gene Hughes, and grandchildren Gianna and Anthony present a check to Dr. Randy Mudge, physician-in-chief, Bronson Oncology Program, and Ronald Boersma, business development administrator, Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center.
Hole-in-one photo caption: Gene L. Hughes II, Dorothy E. Hughes, widow of the late Gene Hughes, and Jack Kyger, winner of the “Win a Cadillac” hole-in-one.