Patients Benefit From 23rd Annual Golf Classic
Bernie Hutzler Memorial Tournament Raises Funds For City Hospital
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In 1988, the inaugural Gateway Foundation Golf Classic netted nearly $18,000 to benefit City Hospital. The proceeds were used to establish a cardiac rehab program at the hospital.
Twenty two years and over $1 million later, the Gateway Golf Classic continues to be the area’s premier golf event fundraiser. The tournament was renamed last year to pay tribute to the memory of one of its founders and longtime supporters, Dr. Bernie Hutzler.
The 23rd annual golf classic, sponsored by the City Hospital Foundation, will be held on Monday, June 7 at the Woods Resort. Under the leadership of Co-Chairs Chip Hensell and Jeff Petrucci, the tournament committee hopes to raise $50,000 to benefit City Hospital.
Hensell, a local realtor and Martinsburg native, explains the success that the tournament has had over the years by stating, “The backbone of this tournament has always been the tremendous support that the community has shown.” One reason for this overwhelming support is that the proceeds from the Golf Classic have been used to purchase patient care equipment as well as to fund new programs and services at City Hospital.
Some equipment items and programs funded by the Golf Classic over the years have included a laser system and laparoscopic video system for the surgery department, two neonatal intensive care units and a fetal monitor for the obstetrics unit, imaging equipment for the radiology department and a variety of wellness and fitness programs offered through The Wellness Center.
“When you consider that the Gateway Golf Classic has funded over $1 million of City Hospital’s equipment needs since the inaugural tournament in 1988, the importance of this annual event becomes much clearer,” said Petrucci. “We all work on committees to organize different golf tournaments, but this is the premier tournament for the area and it benefits us all,” he added.
According to Petrucci and Hensell, this year’s golf classic will feature one flight with the shotgun start at 11:30 am. Organizers are expecting a full field of 144 golfers, so anyone interested in participating should register as soon as possible.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available at the $5000, $2500, $1000, $500 and $200 levels. Packages include lunch, golfer gifts, and the awards reception to be held poolside at The Woods Resort immediately following play.
For more information on the 2010 Bernie Hutzler Memorial Gateway Golf Classic, call the City Hospital Foundation office at 304-264-1223. The City Hospital Foundation is a member of West Virginia University Hospitals-East.
2010 Bernie Hutzler Memorial Gateway Golf Classic
Schedule of Events:
10 am – Registration
11 am – Lunch, courtesy of Sodexo
11:30 am – Shotgun Start
Poolside Awards Reception, immediately following play