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May 9, 2006 > Annual Golf Tournament Tees Off

Annual Golf Tournament Tees Off

Fund-raising Event Supports Local Hospice Care and Cancer Services

What could be better than a great day of golf? How about raising money for a worthy cause and playing golf on a beautiful course? On Monday, May 15, the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation will hold its 21st Annual Golf Tournament at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton supporting local hospice care and cancer services.

The all-day fund-raising event features a barbecue lunch, driving range, putting contest, silent auction, dinner, raffle and awards ceremony. New this year is the tournament's "Million Dollar Shoot-Out," sponsored by AC Delco, where four lucky golfers will be drawn for a chance to take a shot at the $1 million prize!

"The tournament is such a good time for everyone involved, from the volunteers who help out on the course to the guests who join us for the dinner," according to Brent Hodson, Executive Director of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. "We are looking forward to a great day of golf that will raise much needed funds for hospice and cancer services."

Lamar Hinton, a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, who is chairing the event for the second year in a row, said he thinks the tournament is a great opportunity for local residents to get involved with their community hospital.

"Our hospital is unique," Hinton says. "It's not a corporation. It is a community hospital. It's our hospital. Whatever we can do to make it successful is worth trying for."
"The causes that the tournament supports - hospice care and cancer care - are both things that have been in my life and I've been thankful they were available for my parents," he says. "I would like to express my thanks to all the people who are involved in making this event possible - the Foundation staff, all the volunteers and sponsors - without them it just couldn't happen."

Last year's tournament raised close to $60,000. The event is held in memory of longtime Fremont businessman Gene Angelo Pessagno and became a tradition more than 20 years ago.

Mr. Pessagno was a founding member of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation and served as a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees and its Membership Committee. Owner of Interlocking Roof and Tile Co. in Niles, Mr. Pessagno lived most of his life in Fremont.

If you are interested in participating in this year's golf tournament, there are still a few spots left. Please call the Foundation at (510) 791-3428 or send an e-mail to
When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1983, Mr. Pessagno, who had dedicated his life to providing love and support to his family and community, offered the same support as he prepared for his own death. He passed away in 1984 at age 70.

Washington Hospital, with the support of the Pessagno family, established its Hospice Room several years ago. An interdisciplinary team of patient care providers and other hospital staff members offer a variety of services to both patients and their family members to ensure comfort and support.

The room was renovated in November 2003 to include special decorative touches such as new curtains, beautiful quilts for the bed and specially chosen artwork, as well as installation of satellite TV, cable and DVD hook-up.

Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation sponsors several community events each year, including the annual Top Hat Dinner Dance held each year in October and the Trees of Angels Campaign during the holiday season.

To learn more about how you can support the Foundation, visit, click on "Giving to WHHS," and select "Our Foundation" from the drop down menu.

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