Martha Nesbitt, PhD, and Michael Callahan, MD, co-chairs of the 22nd Annual Medical Center Open, announced at the 19th Hole Reception that today’s golf tournament raised $238,550, setting a new record for the Open. The tournament’s beneficiary was Northeast Georgia Speech Center, and proceeds fund specialized therapy equipment for an outdoor sensory garden, an indoor sensory room and play area, a 15-passenger van and a video security system.
“We are thrilled to have set a new tournament fundraising record while supporting this organization that will touch the lives of so many children,” says Nancy Colston, executive director of The Medical Center Foundation. “The tournament proceeds will help Northeast Georgia Speech Center continue in their mission to improve quality of life for children by helping them communicate effectively. Speech, language and hearing – so important in everyday social contact – are often taken for granted. The impairment or loss of these functions can be frustrating because it prevents human expression, understanding and interaction with others.” Founded in 1970, Northeast Georgia Speech Center has a long history of helping children learn to share thoughts, ideas and feelings, which is so vital to every aspect of life.”
“I continue to be amazed at this community’s generous spirit,” added co-chair Nesbitt. “I am proud to witness firsthand the way it truly embraces the Open each year. The partnerships that are created are far-reaching and truly make a difference in the community’s health.”
This year’s Medical Center Open was held at Chicopee Woods Golf Course and was supported by premier sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch. There were more than 200 sponsors, more than 200 players and 100 volunteers. McGarity’s Business Products/ Xerox Corporation sponsored the 19th Hole Reception.
Since 1997 the Medical Center Open has raised approximately $2.7 million to support community health improvement initiatives.
Cutline: L to R: Tournament co-chairs Martha Nesbitt and Michael Callahan present the check to NGSC board member J.C. Smith and director Diane Brower.