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Columbus Community Hospital Foundation put on its 16th annual Holing Out Fore Health Golf Outing on Friday at the Elks Country Club.

Since hosting the inaugural event in 2003, the CCH Foundation has worked with local supporters and dedicated volunteers to make Holing Out Fore Health one of the most enjoyable golf events in northeast Nebraska.

Holing Out Fore Health has raised over a million dollars for health care programs and equipment in just 15 years. Proceeds from this 16th annual golf outing will help fund the expansion of the CCH Surgical Services Department and support spaces, as well as aid in the work of the CCH Foundation.

CEO/President of Columbus Community Hospital Mike Hansen detailed the growth of the event over the last 16 years.

“This is actually our 16th year here running this golf tournament,” Hansen said. “It’s just been so successful, it’s grown over the years and this year we're actually going over $1,00,000 that we’ve raised in our golf tournament. It’s just been a very successful event."

This event made around $100,000, but the $1,000,000 figure comes from the 16 years combined. 

He also pointed out this is a great event to meet some local health practitioners.

"It’s fun to come out and network with people in the community,” Hansen said. “With our vendors, with our doctors and it’s just a great time. Everyone really enjoys it.”

This year, the CCH Foundation is raising funds for their operating room expansion project.

Hansen said support for events like the golf tourney indicates residents care about local health care.

“Our foundation and the people that support it really shows us how much the community is behind our facilities and what it means to them to have high quality health care in our community," Hansen said.

Marty Nore is the CCH Foundation Chairman. His responsibilities include working with the hospital administration and the hospital board to identify the needs of the hospital and the surrounding area and see where the CCH Foundation can be of help.

"We try to identify where the greatest needs are for the local hospital,” Nore said. “And then we have events like this to help promote that kind of expansion activity. Anything we do is a direct benefit to the local hospital."

On top of being a good cause for the community, the CCH Foundation attempts to make this a fun outing for everyone involved, according to Nore.

“What a great event,” he said. “It’s not really a tournament -- it’s a golf outing, but we try to make it as fun as possible for the players and we really have a strong group of volunteers that help out as well."

CCH Foundation board member and Golf Outing Committee Chairman Jay Trofholz said he believes it's a great cause for people looking to donate.

“It’s such a great cause,” Trofholz said. “We’ve done several projects. This year we're raising more for the operating room. People like to give."

“I would like to thank all the players that played -- 144 -- that’s a lot of players," he said. "I think it’s a testimony to the tournament and to the job that gets done.”

Carol Keller, who is the CCH Foundation executive director, was also grateful for all the support from the community.

“We’re very grateful for the help that we receive from the community,” Keller said. “And the fact that they understand how important it is to have really good health quality care right here in the town where you live.”

Keller also gave thanks to the community.

“We just really appreciate the support from the community,” Keller said. “This event continues to grow and it wouldn’t grow without the support of the community -- so many individuals and businesses who really understand the importance of quality health care in town.”

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at peter.huguenin@lee.net.

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