Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament & Dinner Raises Funds for San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital

Golfers and non-golfers alike turned out for San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner on September 24 and 25, to help raise more than $90,000 for the Hospital.

The fabulous two-day event began on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with Dinner at Morongo Casino, Resort, & Spa in Cabazon, and the fun continued to the following day, Wednesday Sept. 25, with the Golf Tournament itself at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont.

The Tuesday evening Dinner, held in Morongo Casino, Resort, & Spa’s Grand Ballroom, featured a tropical theme, complete with a tropical buffet dinner and bird-of-paradise flowers on the table, plus live entertainment, silent auction items, and speakers.

The high point of the night was guest speaker Stan Morrison, famed basketball coach and athletics administrator, well-known for leading the University of California, Riverside Highlanders Athletics Program to Division I. He has achieved national recognition for his work as an athletic administrator for four other Division I universities, and served as a personal coach to Los Angeles Lakers’ center Shaquille O’Neal. Morrison has also been a sports caster and analyst. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for Business Growth at Security Bank of California in Riverside.


Morrison shared some funny anecdotes about his time coaching in South America, as well as stories on how he led his teams to greatness by eliminating fear. His speech culminated in a parable about helping one another, something near to his heart, as he serves on several local charities.

There were many silent auction items up for bid, including an autographed Green Bay Packers football, Disneyland Resort tickets, a Lexus for a weekend, and many other sports memorabilia items, hotel stays, and gifts. Entertainment was provided by Ray McNamara, who played the steel drums to the delight of the 150 people in attendance.


More than 120 eager golfers hit the green early the next day, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. Golfers had several contests to look forward to, including the Hole-In-One Contest sponsored by Lexus of Riverside, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and several other contests. In addition, foursomes competed for first and second place in their divisions – Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed teams.


The weather was beautiful for the golfers on Wednesday, and they celebrated a fun day with an awards luncheon in Tukwet Canyon’s Banquet Room. Many non-golfers also attended the luncheon, and were on hand to celebrate the many contest winners.

The contest winners were: Terry Bonney (Putting), Doug Ruiz (Closest to the Pin, Men’s), Melissa Hoyt (Closest to the Pin, Women’s), Eric Liscio (Longest Drive), and Tom Hyder (Straightest Drive).

The 1st Place Men’s Team, with a score of 52, was from OctoClean, and included Eric Liscio, Jeff Liscio, Greg Stowe, and Matthew Stowe. The 2nd Place Men’s Team, with a score of 55, was from Epic Management/Beaver Medical Group, and included Dr. Richard Hill, Dr. John Hoch, Don Stuckey, and Duane Whittington. The 1st Place Women’s Team, with a score of 64, was from the Bank of Hemet, and included Mary Baines, Linda Hanley, Melissa Hoyt, and Valerie Menefee. The 1st Place Mixed Team, with a score of 64, was from Mission Home Health Services, and included Bryan Burnett, Eddie Chao, Brigitte Kiesz, and Warren Smith.

In addition, Valerie Menefee was the raffle prize winner, and took home an exciting iPad and technology basket, while Kathleen Bourikas won the Opportunity Drawing. Congratulations to all winners!

The San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital would like to extend a special thank you to ProWest Constructors, the Tournament Sponsors, as well as the many other sponsors of this fabulous event!

For more information about the Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner, including a complete list of sponsors, please visit We hope to see you next year for our 11th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner, scheduled for September 25-26, 2014. And in the meantime, mark your calendars for our 30th Annual Dinner Gala, scheduled for March 6, 2014!

At San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, our mission is to provide safe, high quality, personalized healthcare services. A 71-bed facility located in the San Gorgonio Pass, we were established in 1951 as a living memorial to our country’s World War I and II Veterans. Now in our 62nd year, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital provides excellent care for our community as we continue to grow along with the Pass region.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is supported in part by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Hospital, and by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospital’s volunteer organization. The Auxiliary runs the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, at 3453 West Ramsey Street in Banning.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is located at 600 North Highland Springs Avenue in Banning. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 951-845-1121 or visit

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