By Robbie McKay Lincoln News • July 11, 2019
MILLINOCKET – For the second time in as many years, golf lovers hit the greens to raise money for the renovation of Millinocket Regional Hospital’s Oncology clinic. Katie Mackin, marketing director for MRH, said this year’s event was a huge success.
“Beautiful weather, a fun, relaxing vibe on the course, lots of contests, delicious food, the Katahdin Federal Credit Union air cannon.. all this made for a really fun day!” Mackin said on Tuesday as the results of the event came in. This year’s event raised almost $13,000 for the renovation project.
Held at Hillcrest Golf Club, the tournament hosted 10 four person teams. Over 30 sponsors supported the event, with Brookfield contributing $3,000 at the Silver level; Katahdin Federal Credit Union sponsored the air cannon for $2,000; Spectrum Healthcare Partner provided the funds for the prime rib dinner at $1,000; Bangor Savings Bank sponsored the BBQ lunch for a $750 commitment; and the breakfast was provided by the Knights of Columbus 4th degree Knights and Council 680.
“The phenomenal support of the golfers, sponsors and volunteers is what made this event possible—and successful!” Mackin said. “We are so grateful for each and every one of them and their generous contributions,” she said.
Overall winners for the tournament were KFCU: Herbie Clark, Jamie Leavitt, Joe Clark and Rod Daigle, Sr. The 1st Gross team was Brookfield #2: Chris MacDonald, Kevin Bernier, Ryan Nadeau, and Steve Hodge. The 1st Net was Team Olbrys: Dan Nelson, Ed Olbrys, Kevin Libby and Mickey Lakeman.
In addition to golf, there were many contests to add excitement to the day. Winners were: Adam Qualey Inc.’s Longest Drive Contest – ‘Under 60’ division: Dylan Burns; ‘Over 60′ division: Pete McPheters. Dahl-Chase Diagnostic’s Closest to the Line Contest – Winner was Mickey Lakeman at 3′ 2″; Dead River Company’s Closest to the Pin Contest winner was Joe Clark at 7’11”; Dr. Jonathan Herland’s Closest to the Pin Contest winner was Craig Jandreau at 2′ 10″; Gilman Electrical Supply’s Chipping contest winner was Jamie Leavitt; Katahdin Federal Credit Union’s Air Cannon Closest to the Pin Contest winner was Rod Nicholson at 4’ 3″; and the Lamson Funeral Home’s ‘Bury the Putt’ contest winner was George Hobbs.
“We welcomed some new faces this year – in regards to both golfers and sponsors – and showed them that MRH doesn’t just provide great health care. We also know how to have fun!” Mackin said.
Plans are already underway for next year’s event, which promises to be even bigger.
About Millinocket Regional Hospital
Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) is a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital nestled at the base of Baxter State Park that provides vital healthcare services to those who live, work and play in the Katahdin Region. Beyond the friendly staff and award-winning patient care, MRH provides an impressive range of specialty and general services; with a recent expansion resulting in the addition of eight new specialties and a Walk-In Care facility. In 2018, MRH was awarded the Press Ganey ‘Guardian of Excellence Award’ for exceptional patient experience; a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement for hospitals who consistently perform within the top 5%. Providing jobs to approximately 250 people, MRH is the largest employer in the Katahdin Region and a crucial economic driver within its community. For more information, please visit www.mrhme.org or www.facebook.com/MillinocketRegionalHospital