Sierra View Foundation raises thousands for new MRI scanner at annual SVMC
It was a day for hitting the links and enjoying fine spring weather, all
while raising money for new equipment for Sierra View Medical Center at
the 15th annual Sierra View Golf Classic Friday, April 5 at River Island
Sierra View Foundation chair Debbie Landers said, “Every year we
look at what the hospital is in need of, there’s equipment a lot
of the time. So this year we’re putting our funds toward an MRI
scanner. We’ll probably never raise enough money to pay for the
entire scan but enough to at least help with that cost for the hospital.
And that’s going to benefit the community in a big way.”
In a press release last month, the foundation also said the money raised
“will support the funding for an advanced and more sophisticated
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner. The MRI machine will help progress
the SVMC imaging services and have a direct impact in patient care.”
Over 150 golfers and 14 business participated in the golfing portion of
the annual fundraiser, and golfers said they thought there more people
in attendance than before.
“We’re very fortunate that right in our own little Valley,
we have this beautiful golf course,” Landers said. “And River
Island is so gracious to allow us to do our fundraiser. It’s just
one of those courses that everyone loves playing on. So when this comes
up every year, it’s a sell out. So we’re very, very blessed
to have this at our disposal to use.”
After 18 holes of best ball play, the Bank of Sierra 2 foursome of Avtar
Basra, Jose Lopez, Raudel Macias and Mikey McGinn emerged as the winners
with a score of 49.
Macias said after the tournament that he liked to support the hospital
and that it was his third year participating. He also said the best part
about the day was his team playing well.
Individual winners in the tournament were Novalie Harry for longest drive
on hole one for women, Nate Jessup for longest drive on hole one for men
and Mikey McGinn for closest to the hole — 5 feet, 3 inches —
on the 11th hole.
Throughout the day, laughter and smiles were heard and seen all around
as people either reconnected with each other or the course. Some golfers
admitted the fundraiser brought them out for the first time since the
last one, or even longer for others.
After teeing off from the seventh hole, Nate Jessup said this time last
year he was down at the University of Southern California having 40 lymph
nodes removed. Getting into a golf cart with his son, he called out, “But
look at me now!”
The seventh hole was a popular one with a beautiful blue BMW 330i, which
retails for $40,250, behind the teeing area to remind golfers that a hole-in-one
from there could win them the car. The hole was sponsored by BMW of Visalia.
On the hole before it, the USC Institute of Urology sponsored a golf ball
launcher that golfers could use in place of hitting off the tee. Also
at the sixth hole tee were SVF planning committee members, Tara Everett
and Kathleen Remillard, who were running a vendors booth and had a cornhole
“Everyone thinks it’s a lot of fun and it gives them something
to do while they wait for the ball launcher,” Remillard, who was
helping Everrett, said. “So it’s a nice distraction.”
Everett, a sales representative for Central Valley Business Forms, was
one of three vendors on the course for the first time in the tournament.
Her company works in printing and work was displayed on items for golfers
to take a look at. While golfers waited, they were able to play cornhole
on a platform that also showcased CVBF’s work. If a golfer could
toss a bean bag through the hole on their first try, their prize was an
item from the CVBF booth.
Everett said she was glad to be able to support the foundation and be out
on the course. She added, “On a personal note, I feel like I’ve
gotten maybe some new clients, which is always good.”
Other vendor sponsors on the course were Optimal Home Health and Sierra
Hills. In total, 42 business participated in the sponsoring of the event,
with over 20 being tee sign sponsors. Those sponsorships alone totaled
$36,000 according to the foundation program. Money was also raised through
golf extras such as raffle tickets, team move up and mulligans ranging
from $5 to $125
Over the year, SVF chair Landers said the committee usually raises $150,000,
with the golf tournament bringing in $35,000-$40,000.
“Of course we’re always reaching for more,” she added.
“Sponsorships, people that buy tee signs. We’re always grateful
for the ones that step in and do those things early. The larger sponsors
that come in too. And of course they were selling raffle tickets and doing
other things as giveaways to raise additional funds.”
After committee members worked for months to set up the fundraiser, SVF
and SVMC personnel were at it from 7 a.m. to past 5 p.m. to help make
things run smoothly. While golfers played, Sierra View personnel were
either helping at certain holes, selling raffle tickets or setting up
the raffle prizes, which ranged from gift baskets from local businesses
to a Hisense 55-inch 4K smart TV. After the 10 a.m. shotgun start, golfers
were able to pick up raffle prizes and have lunch while awaiting the announcement
of the tournament’s winners.
“We get a lot of help from the marketing department,” Landers
said. “They’re extremely helpful. Monica [Diaz], Kim [Pryor-DeShazo]
and the whole group that’s there with them. And then they get volunteers
from the hospital too. And friends, and family members that are willing
to do this. It takes a village, just like to raise a child, it takes a
village to do this, too.”