A Friday off work, a round of golf, a group of friends and colleagues (some with better handicaps than others) and a sunny day (hopefully) – could there be a better way to support healthcare in the community? 

The Bethesda Foundation’s annual Drive for Excellence golf tournament is set for June 16 at the Steinbach Fly-In, and golfers of all ages and abilities are invited to play, mingle and fundraise for important hospital initiatives that will serve residents of the southeast. Always a popular early-season event, the tournament is already filling up with foursomes, although a number of registration spots remain available. 

“We’ve had a lot of people registered already, but there’s still room for more,” says Linda Peters, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “We’re asking everyone to come and register at 11:00 a.m. and enjoy a complimentary lunch. Then we’ll send them on their way to enjoy the afternoon golfing.” 

Golfers at previous Bethesda Golf tournaments

Peters points out that previous tournaments have contributed towards Bethesda’s fundraising for the CancerCare Centre, the Crisis Stabilization Unit, the Primary Care Centre, the Wheels of Hope Van and specialized equipment for Bethesda Regional Health Centre. 

“We’re always working on the next big project or the next piece of equipment for the hospital,” she explains, adding that an expanded surgery department is in the works for the Steinbach hospital. The Foundation has pledged an $8 million contribution, so golfers can take pride in knowing they’re helping develop a much-needed facility. 

They can also expect an array of prizes at the Fly-In. Registration is just $150 per individual, and the lunch, golf cart and charitable tax receipt of $50 is included. And if golfers would like to provide further support, Eagle sponsorships are available for $2,000 and Birdies for $1,000. Registrants can come individually or as a foursome. 

Golfers can sign up at the Bethesda Foundation Website or by calling (204) 326-1054. 

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” says Peters. “You’re hopefully enjoying a great day of golf while also supporting meaningful initiatives that enhance healthcare in our community. And that’s important.”