Published on Thursday, August 5, 2010

2010 Golf Outing Wrap Up

Another successful fundraiser is now behind us! The third annual Kali’s Cure golf outing took place at Dunmaglas Golf Club on Saturday, July 31st  and, despite challenging times, it was our most successful event to date! With the help of countless sponsors, donors and volunteers, we far surpassed our goal, generating $160,000 with less than 2% in expenses! We are excited to continue to donate to more worthy spinal cord causes. Over the past year, we have again supported Diaphragmatic Pacing and ventured into a new area, helping paralyzed individuals continue to have fun while participating in extreme and intense therapies. This year, Kali’s Cure is proud to share part of the proceeds from the golf outing with our paralyzed troops, injured while serving our country.  World renowned doctor, Raymond Onders, joined us again to share stories about Diaphragm Pacing and how Kali’s Cure makes a difference in the lives of those living with SCI. Dr. Onders took this opportunity to speak about one of his recent patients that is a soldier, paralyzed in combat who is the first quadriplegic member of the military to receive the pacer.  The speech touched everyone and inspired the group as we all learned of the patient’s desire to continue his service in any way that he is able.

We had a perfect day with the skies parting in time for tee off and golfers had a great time competing for bragging rights and prizes. Congratulations to our winners: Frank Beckmann, Jeff Champine, and Aaron Hager! Our returning champions took home the title again this year but had a run for their money as they shared the spotlight with co-winners: Tom Porter, Scott Porter, John Barkman and Jeff Remiersma! The event concluded with an auction hosted by radio great Frank Beckmann with Bill (Huge) Simonson assisting with some sports memorabilia.

Thanks to many generous donors, we received countless auction items ranging from authentic, autographed sports memorabilia to signed guitars, golf packages, gift baskets, vacations and many other unique items. Although it’s hard to imagine that we will be able to surpass this year’s event, plans are already underway to make next year’s event even better! More photographs, stories and winners from this year’s event will be posted soon along with information on how you can get involved early for the 2011 event!

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