Pink Po­lar Bear Golf Tour­na­ment raises $2,268

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — Eighty-eight golfers re­cently took park in the an­nual Pink Po­lar Bear Golf Tour­na­ment at Ch­ester River Yacht and Coun­try Club. The event ben­e­fits women’s health care services at Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town.

“It’s al­ways grat­i­fy­ing to see com­mu­nity res­i­dents come out in force to sup­port our hos­pi­tal and to know that they have such a good time rais­ing funds for an im­por­tant cause even when the weather is un­for­giv­ing,” said Maryann Ruehrmund, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Ch­ester River Health Foun­da­tion. “The foun­da­tion board re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates the time and ef­fort, as well as the funds raised, by the vol­un­teers who or­ga­nize this event each year.”

Tour­na­ment par­tic­i­pants, who ranged in age from 22 to 83, turned out Sun­day, July 31, for a tra­di­tional scram­ble-style game with ad­di­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fered based on a com­bi­na­tion of each par­tic­i­pant’s age and hand­i­cap.

Ac­cord­ing to tour­na­ment or­ga­niz­ers Gwinn Der­ri­cott and Jane Hukill, who both vol­un­teer at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town, this year’s turnout was the best yet.

“The low en­try fee of $20 goes di­rectly to the foun­da­tion and other pro­ceeds help sup­port cash prizes,” Der­ri­cott said. “We also raised funds through the 50/50 raf­fle and the sale of Mul­li­gans and ‘gimme putts,’ which added to the fun of the com­pe­ti­tion.”

While the tour­na­ment orig­i­nally was billed for ladies, men have been wel­come par­tic­i­pants as long as they show up in pink shirts.

“We look forward to con­tin­u­ing this fundraiser for many years to come,” Der­ri­cott said. “The peo­ple of Kent and north­ern Queen Anne’s Coun­ties are so for­tu­nate to have the Leh Cen­ter for women’s health and its out­stand­ing can­cer de­tec­tion and other tech­nol­ogy.”

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Golfers turned out in pink for the an­nual Pink Po­lar Bear Tour­na­ment, ben­e­fit­ing women’s health care at Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town.

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