The Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation's second annual Shoeless Joe's Celebrity Golf Classic held June 15 raised over $60,000 to benefit the year-long Rays of Hope campaign, which is raising funds for equipment and resources at the James E. Cary Cancer Center. Rays of Hope sought to generate $100,000 this year and now has exceeded that goal.
The Celebrity Golf Classic, which topped the amount raised in 2010 had the Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network as its tournament sponsor, provided participants the opportunity to play with a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and/or other sports celebrities. The event was held at Norwoods Golf Club in Hannibal.
Participants also enjoyed a night at the ballpark June 14 with over two dozen sports celebrities at a Hannibal Cavemen game at Clemens Field.
"Having the sports celebrities join Cavemen fans for a night at the ballpark adds so much fun to the Shoeless Joe’s event," commented Randy Park, member of the Golf Classic steering committee. "It’s the perfect combination of two great summer past times, and it’s great to get everyone so involved, especially the kids who are so excited to come face to face with sports greats.”
Among the celebrities to attend were former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Woody Williams, former Atlanta Braves Ryan Klesko, former MU and St. Louis Cardinals football player Johnny Roland, former MU and St. Louis Cardinal Mel Gray, and former St. Louis Blues player Mike Zuke. Other sports celebrities who appeared for the second year include former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Art Still and Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tom Henke.
"Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation is so appreciative of the overwhelming support we received for the Shoeless Joe’s event again this year," said Wendy Harrington, President/CEO of Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation. "Success with the Rays of Hope campaign will allow us to purchase advanced technology that will provide greater precision in radiation therapy for patients at the James E. Cary Cancer Center.”
The James E. Cary Cancer Center
(JECCC), which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the American College of Radiology, is a joint project of Hannibal Regional Hospital and the Hannibal Clinic. The JECCC opened in 2003.
The JECCC annually provides more than 5,000 radiation and chemotherapy treatments, plus offers numerous kinds of support groups, survivor groups, seminars and educational classes. The center serves patients from northeast Missouri, west-central Illinois and southeast Iowa.
For more information or to view photos from this year’s Shoeless Joe’s Celebrity Golf Classic or to make a contribution to the Rays of Hope campaign, contact the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation at 573-629-3577 or visit hrhf.org