Hope Hospice is looking for energetic golfers looking to give back to a worthy cause through fundraising -- and a long day of golf -- at this year's Hope 100 Golf Marathon.
The fifth annual event, scheduled for Sept. 30, sees golfers play 100 holes in one day at Castlewood Country Club's Valley Course, a fundraiser for local nonprofit Hope Hospice that is designed as a strenuous outing to symbolize the challenges patients and families face at the end of life.
The golf marathon was founded in 2015, originally held in remembrance of former Castlewood golf pro Piper Wagner, who died in August 2014 at age 45 following a battle with lung cancer. She received care from Hope Hospice before her death.
The local nonprofit is now accepting registration for players and sponsors for this year's golf marathon. They note that golfers can also opt to split the 100 holes among a foursome if the marathon is too daunting for them solo.
The net proceeds from the event will help Hope Hospice provide the compassionate, quality end-of-life care necessary for hundreds of patients and their families throughout the year as well as grief support and community education.
Participants commit to raising $2,500 minimum (either themselves or by encouraging friends and family to support). For more information, visit Hope100GolfMarathon.com or call 829-8770.
The marathon is just one of the golf fundraisers that have successfully benefited Hope Hospice over recent years.
Another, organized by Toll Brothers Northern California Division for the third year in a row, raised $123,000 for the local nonprofit in May.
Nearly 190 players attended this year's event on both courses at Castlewood. Both the turnout and fundraising total were new records for the Toll Brothers event.
"We can't thank Toll Brothers enough for their generosity and for all the time and effort it takes to organize an event of this size," Hope Hospice CEO Jennifer Hansen said in a statement. "As a nonprofit agency, we are so appreciative of these much-needed funds, which help us provide high-quality care to our patients, and to continue to offer our grief support and caregiver education programs to the community at no cost."
Celeste Johnson, event chairperson this year, added, "Toll Brothers and our partners look forward to this fun event every year, and we are honored to donate proceeds for such a great cause that contributes to the well-being of our community."