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June 6, 2006 > Local Hospice Care and Cancer Services are Big Winners at Golf Tournament

Local Hospice Care and Cancer Services are Big Winners at Golf Tournament

The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament held its 21st Annual Golf Tournament on May 15 at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. The tournament brings together friends of Washington Hospital and local golfers to raise money for local hospice care and cancer services.

This year's tournament raised more than $72,000 according to Brent Hodson, Executive Director of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. "I would like to sincerely thank all the volunteers and sponsors for their continued support of this annual event," said Hodson. "The golf tournaments have now raised more than $1 million in proceeds which help provide vital services to the community."

The fund-raising event featured a barbecue lunch, driving range, putting contest, silent auction, dinner, raffle and awards ceremony. This year, approximately 240 golfers enjoyed a glorious day of weather and more than 300 guests enjoyed the dinner and raffle. Four golfers chosen at random had an opportunity to participate in the new "Million Dollar Shoot-Out." Although, none of the golfers made the hole in one, it was very exciting to watch.

The Corporate Challenge winner was Fremont Bank. Team members with a score of 53 were Mike Wallace, Bob Jones, Dr. Doug Gallacher and Garrett Wagner. Mike Wallace serves as Vice Chairman of Fremont Bank and is also Second Vice President of Washington Township Health Care District Board.

Hill Course winners with a score of 52 were Doug Cook, Keith Fujita, Greg Arechiga and Kyle Kulling. Valley Course winners, with a score of 57, were Jerry Nobis, Bill Nunziati, Tom Gaspich and Wayne Young.

Women Flight winners with a score of 71 were Jennifer Tong, Pat Burton, Marie Rinetti, and May Fudenna. The Mixed Flight group had two groups of winners. With a score of 61 were E. Chau, Kong Shyng, Kranthi Achanta and J. Callahan. The group that included Ping Lombardi, Louie Lombardi, Cori Waxdeck and Mark Merrigan scored 64.

The Men's Long Drive winner on the Hill Course was Kyle Kulling, and on the Valley Course was E. Chau. The Women's Long Drive winner was Alisa Curry.

Closest to the pin on the Hill Course was Garth Smith and on the Valley Course was Joe McKissack and Jennifer Tong.

The Foundation would like to thank Anthony Avila, winner of the 50/50 Valley Course challenge and Tom Claire, winner of the 50/50 Hill Course challenge for generously donating their winnings back to the local Hospice Care and Cancer Services.

The 21st Annual Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament could not have been a success without the many volunteers who helped at registration, on the course and during the evening's reception and awards ceremony. This year's tournament was organized by chairman Lamar Hinton and the Tournament Committee, which worked tirelessly to ensure a wonderful day of golf and an exciting auction.

The Foundation would like to thank all the sponsors for their support. The Platinum Level sponsor was Fremont Bank. Gold Level sponsors were Professional Home Care Associates, AC Delco, Dr. & Mrs. David S. Cheng and Principal Financial Group. Media Sponsor was The Argus. Silver Level sponsors were AIG VALIC, American Medical Response and Beretta Property Management. Bronze Level sponsors were AD-IN, Inc., Alpine Awards, California Cardiopulmonary Perfusion, California Hospitalist Medical Corp, Charter Properties, Dale Hardware, Nancy Farber, Fremont Emergency Medical Group, Inc., Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., CPA's, McKesson Information Solutions, Online Technical Services, Inc., Payden & Rygel, RKing Consulting, Inc., Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc., Dr. Bernard and Nancy Stewart and Tully Wihr. Hole-in-One sponsors were Central Chevrolet, Fremont Toyota, Murco Management and Signer Buick, Inc. Corporate Challenge Participants: AC Delco, AIG VALIC, California Cardiovascular Consultants, Encon Electronics, First United Services Credit Union, Fremont Bank, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Professional Home Care Associates, R.K. Electric, Inc., Washington Outpatient Surgery Center, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP.

The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament is held in memory of longtime Fremont businessman Gene Angelo Pessagno. 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. The Foundation thanks Laura Pessagno and her family for their continued support of the tournament.

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