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Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee set to hold first annual golf tournament

A call is out for Rimbey area golfers to sign up for the first annual golf tournament hosted by the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee in support of the Rimbey Hospital on June 10.

Being capped at 50 golfers, the event has around 35 registered so far with room for 15 more on a first-come, first-served basis.

The tournament will be taking place at a golf course near Gull Lake, about 15 minutes outside of Rimbey.

In addition to 18 holes of golf there will also be silent auction items in the club house, as well as a smokey lunch after nine holes and a steak supper at 5 p.m.

“All funds raised stay at Rimbey Hospital,” said committee chair Patrick Rurka.

Cost to enter the tournament is $150, however that includes lunch, supper, and $50 charitable tax receipt.

Registration can be made online at rimbeyhospitallegacycommittee.com or by calling Rurka at 403-392-3044.

Sign-in the day of the tournament will begin at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

A pair of $10,000 hole-in-one prizes have been put up for non-professional golfers, as well as a two-year lease on a Ford Mustang and a variety of other hole prizes.

The Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee, formerly the Rimbey Health Services donation committee, is an arm’s-length committee under the Wetaskiwin Health Services Foundation.

According to Rurka, the name was changed to highlight that the funds raised for the Rimbey hospital stay in Rimbey and are not collected for Alberta Health Services.

While the foundation focuses on operational expenses and supporting Wetaskiwin Hospital, the Rimbey committee, and several other committees under the foundation, focuses on raising funds funds for their own hospital with the foundation’s support.

According to Rurka, the hospital is the heart of Rimbey: Health Enhancement Assuring Resources for Today and Tomorrow.

The mandate of the Rimbey Hospital Legacy Committee is to “procure additional fiscal material resources for the enhancement of Alberta Health Services programs, services, and structures in Rimbey. These Additional resources will complement, not replace, basic zone and provincial health funding.”

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