Foundation’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament & Dinner Raises Funds for San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital

_DSC5665 (2)Golfers and non-golfers alike turned out for San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner on September 25 and 26, to help raise more than $100,000 for the Hospital.

The fabulous two-day event began on Thursday, September 25, with dinner at the Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning, and the fun continued at Sun Lakes the following day, Friday, September 26, with the Golf Tournament itself held at the Sun Lakes Country Club’s golf course.

The Thursday evening dinner, held in the Sun Lakes Country Club’s Main Ballroom, featured a beach theme, complete with a buffet dinner, silent auction items, and several guest speakers.

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The high point of the evening was guest speakers Stan Morrison and Sam “Bam” Cunningman, who regaled the audience with stories about their place in sports history.

Sam "Bam" Cunningham, left, speaks with Stan Morrison.

Sam “Bam” Cunningham, left, speaks with Stan Morrison.

Cunningham was a renowned football player for the University of Southern California, and later for the New England Patriots. He is remembered for scoring four touchdowns at the 1973 Rose Bowl, which still stands as a modern-day record. In 1992, he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, and in 2010, he was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Cunningham was part of USC’s “all-black” backfield in 1970, and his performance was reportedly a major factor in convincing the University of Alabama to integrate Southern Football. Jerry Claiborne, a former UA Football assistant coach, said, “Sam Cunningham did more to integrate Alabama in 60 minutes than Martin Luther King did in 20 years.”

Morrison is a 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.

Besides the entertaining and poignant words from Morrison and Cunningham, there were many silent auction items up for bid, including Disneyland Resort tickets and many other sports memorabilia items, hotel stays, and gifts.

More than 100 eager golfers hit the greens early the next day, on Friday, September 26, at the Sun Lakes Country Club golf course. Golfers had several contests to look forward to, including the Hole-In-One Contests sponsored by Banning Realty, Loma Linda University Health at Highland Springs Medical Plaza, Diamond Hills Auto Group, and Banning RV Discount. Other contests included the Putting Contest, sponsored by Healthcare Revenue Management Group, Closest to the Pin, and the Straightest Drive. 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 Friday, and they celebrated a fun day with an awards luncheon in the Sun Lakes Main Ballroom. Many non-golfers also attended the luncheon, and were on hand to celebrate the many contest winners.

The contest winners were: Michelle Meanor, Mission Home Health (Putting), Dr. Michael Webster, ProWest Constructors (Closest to the Pin), and Michelle Meanor, Mission Home Health (Straightest Drive).

The 1st Place Men’s Team, with a score of 55, was from Loma Linda University Medical Center, and included – Jesse Mock, John Nafie Sr., John Nafie Jr., and Aaron Laudenslager. The 2nd Place Men’s Team, with a score of 57, included Lorenzo Thomas, Robert Reil, Billy Lara, and Mathew Gues. The 1st Place Women’s Team, with a score of 68, was from the Bank of Hemet, and included Beverly Simmons, Linda Hanley, Rena Herbert, and Valerie Menefee. The 1st Place Mixed Team, with a score of 60, was from the SGMH Emergency Physicians and Physician Assistants, and included Dr. Ludwig Cibelli, Derek Ritarita, Joey Zieders, and Julie Zieders.

The 1st Place Mixed Team, with a score of 60, was from the SGMH Emergency Physicians and Physician Assistants, and included from left,  Joey Zieders,  Julie Zieders, Derek Ritarita, and Dr. Ludwig Cibelli.

The 1st Place Mixed Team, with a score of 60, was from the SGMH Emergency Physicians and Physician Assistants, and included from left, Joey Zieders, Julie Zieders, Derek Ritarita, and Dr. Ludwig Cibelli.

The San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to ProWest Constructors, the Tournament Sponsors!

In addition, the Foundation would also like to thank the rest of the event sponsors: Epic Management/Beaver Medical Group, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Medical Staff, the Arrowhead Radiology Medical Group, the Bank of Hemet, Weaver Mortuary, Rancho San Gorgonio, the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital ER Physicians and Physician Assistants, Dura Plastic Products, Peg Monahan, Care Clinical Research, Cross America Financial, Proforma Print Solutions, Security Bank, Symons Ambulance, Sun Lakes Country Club HOA, Adex Medical Staffing, California Business Bureau, Dynalectric, Cathy Leogrande, Inter Valley Health Plan, Oak Valley Tax, Quote Frontier Insurance Services, the Record Gazette, and the Spoelstra Family!

For more information about the Foundation’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner, including a complete list of sponsors, please visit www.sgmh.org. We hope to see you next year for our 12th Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner, scheduled for September 24-25, 2015. And in the meantime, mark your calendars for our 31st Annual Dinner Gala, scheduled for March 6, 2015!

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 region, we were established in 1951 as a living memorial to our country’s World War I and II Veterans. Now in our 63rd year, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital provides excellent care for our community as we continue to grow along with the San Gorgonio area.

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 http://www.sgmh.org.

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