Aging Services include the Memory Disorders Clinic and Center for Family Caregivers
The Health First Golf Classic raised a record amount at this year’s event on Monday at the Suntree Country Club: $384,000. All proceeds go to Health First’s Aging Services, which began and operates the area’s only Memory Disorders Clinic and Center for Family Caregivers, among other innovative programs.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Autumn is the season when the air gets cooler, and things slow down, but the mood and results were unseasonably hot over at the Suntree Country Club on Monday when 200 golfers quickly helped the Health First Foundation break a fundraising record set by the previous year’s event.
This year’s Health First Golf Classic raised over $384,000.
The four-person scramble tournament is comprised of event sponsors – about 200 – who fan out over both the Classic and the Challenge courses at the club.
The Puzzle Box Academy team of Phillip Choi, David Owen, Martin McTernan and John Winter signed off on a Challenge course round of 25-under par while the squad from Brasfield & Gorrie that included Don Tasker, Peyton Robertson, Daniel Bowen and Hannah Wickham bested the Classic course with a round of 20-under par.
YOUTHFUL SWING FOR ELDER CARE
The Golf Classic benefits Health First Aging Services, and while Health First Foundation organizers had set a target fundraising goal of $250,000, the event far-exceeded expectations with a final tally of $384,972.
Dr. Visa Srinivasan, Medical Director, Health First’s Aging Services, reminded those in the banquet hall that 100% of the funds raised goes toward Aging Services.
“Because of you, people living with life-altering illnesses such as dementia are able to get the personalized care they need, regardless of their medical, social, economic or financial situation,” she said.
Aging Services includes innovative programs such as the Memory Disorders Clinic and the Center for Family Caregivers.
Many with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are chiefly supported by caregivers, and Aging Services offers group counseling, education and creative workshops for them.
“In just the last six months, more than 500 community members have come through our doors for educational classes like our recent five-week course on brain health and healthy living – these vital services are all provided free of charge every day, and this could not be done without you. Thank you for believing in our work.”
The event was co-chaired again by Scott Mikuen, who was joined by Briggs and Dana Kilborne.
“Health First’s Aging Services contributes to our high standard of living here in Brevard County in a very unique way, and so many of those unique programs are made free to those in our community,” said Dana Kilborne.
“It’s an honor to support that and help the Health First Foundation and to co-chair this event alongside Scott Mikuen.”
“Our community helped us soar past our fundraising goal on Monday, and the money raised goes directly into services and programming that helps all of us age well. Age with independence and understanding, thanks to access to expert medical care,” said Michael Seeley, Health First Foundation President.
“We live in a very special place, here in Brevard County. The Golf Classic is one example of what makes it special.”
HEALTH FIRST GOLF CLASSIC MAJOR SPONSORS
■ Presenting Sponsor: Truist
■ Diamond Sponsors
• 321-The Agency
• L3Harris Technologies
• W&J Construction
• The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
■ Platinum Sponsors
• Gilbane Building Company
• Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
■ Gold Sponsors
• Briggs & Dana Kilborne
• Scott & Monica Mikuen
■ Silver Sponsors
• Bob and Pat Henry
For more information on the Health First Golf Classic, visit the website: HF.org/GolfClassic. To learn more about sponsoring an upcoming Health First Foundation event, please call 321.434.7353.
Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services.
As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is grateful for support from the community through Health First Foundation.