Golf tournament raises money for surgical equipment June 3
CHESTERTOWN — Nearly 130 golfers and more than 30 volunteers turned out for Chester River Health Foundation’s 22nd annual Golf Tournament Friday, June 3, at Chester River Yacht and Country Club in Chestertown.
This year’s tournament proceeds of more than $41,000 were dedicated to benefit University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s Surgical Services Department, and will be used for the purchase of new surgical equipment, including high definition, white light digital colonoscopes and endoscopes.
“This new state-of-the-art equipment, which is now on order, will help identify and treat colorectal cancers and other digestive system disorders at the earliest possible stage and thus, save lives,” said Maryann Ruehrmund, executive director, Chester River Health Foundation. “The tournament proceeds, which exceeded $41,000, were a big step toward covering the total equipment cost of $200,000. It was wonderful to see so many community residents — along with many of our hospital physicians, staff and vendors — come together to have fun while supporting such an important cause.”
The tournament’s lead sponsors were Gerard S. O’Connor, a board-certified general surgeon practicing at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; and Mark Zwanger, a former Chestertown Emergency Department physician, and his husband, Malcolm Kram.
“Dr. O’Connor, Dr. Zwanger and Dr. Kram demonstrated their strong support for our hospital’s continued service to the residents of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, and their leadership in supporting the golf tournament is much appreciated by the Foundation Board, the hospital staff and surely the community,” Ruehrmund said.
First place men’s team winners were, from left, Rusty Pritzlaff, Seth Ricketts, Chuck Ministero and David Landskroener, with a score of 57.
First place ladies’ team winners were, from left, Genie Wootton, Jackie Phillips, Debbie Williams and Leah Northup, with a score of 77.
First placed mixed team winners were, from left, Erin Gillespie, Jim Gillespie, Ron Athey and Bob Kent, with a score of 60.
Gerald O’Connor was a top sponsor of the University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation’s 2016 golf tournament.