Golf tourney and gala coming up

Submitted photoMichael Gudgeon (from left), Randy Ellis, Julie Schutte and Mark Mobley had fun at the 2018 golf outing.


One of the world's longest drive golf professionals will be a special guest at the Thursday, Aug. 8, Margaret Mary Health Foundation Golf Outing.

Executive director Mary Dickey explains, "This pro will entertain our golfers on Hillcrest hole No. 7, a par 5 hole, with 500-yard drives and unbelievable trick shots. There is no obligation for any foursome to make a donation and every team gets to play the pro's shot to improve their score.

"Each team has the opportunity to participate in the hole-in-two contest with the potential to win a trip for two to Pebble Beach, California, valued at $5,000."

After 11 a.m. registration, the shotgun start for the the 36th annual golf tourney, chaired by George Brinkmoeller, is at noon at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. She reports the event includes a raffle, silent auction and dinner. Also, grilled lunch options are available for purchase beforehand.

Golfers should plan on attending because "it's a fun day for a great cause that supports the health of families in our communities." All proceeds benefit the foundation’s Health and Wellness Fund.

"We have two different flights. If you bring your own (four-player) team, you get placed in the Jack Nicklaus flight" and the team fee is $700. "If you sign up as an individual, that's the Arnold Palmer flight and you'll be placed on a four-person team that is drawn by the Hillcrest pro Amber Pasel. Those teams are made up of one player of four different handicap groups" to keep play competitive.

The individual fee is $150, which includes greens fees, cart, beverages and snacks on the course, tournament favors, cocktail hour and dinner.

"Right now we have space for about 30 more golfers," according to the executive director. Persons also may attend the dinner only for $40. To register by July 26:; or MMHF database and development coordinator Brenda Benning, 812-933-5218 or

Businesses may contribute by becoming hole or prize sponsors for $175 or $1,000, respectively.

Another upcoming fundraiser is much anticipated as well.

"A Night in Havana" is the theme of the seventh annual Margaret Mary Health Foundation gala. It's slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. at The Barn at Walhill Farm in Batesville.

For the first time at this fiesta, blackjack, craps and roulette tables will be open, in addition to Cuban cocktails, cuisine and entertainment.

Gala tickets are $100 per person. There also are sponsorship levels: Silver, $500, includes two tickets; Gold, $1,000, four tickets; Platinum, $2,000, eight tickets. Corporate table sponsors pay $1,000 for a table of eight, which includes signage and event program listing. To RSVP:

A more detailed article will be published Aug. 27.

Because of these two events and other fundraising efforts (please see box), the MMHF board was able to award over $180,000 in grants in 2018.

Almost half – $75,000 – was given to help support Margaret Mary Health's addiction services program.

In addition, "we were able to provide funding to purchase an infant incubator," Dickey says. The incubator is used if a baby born here must be transferred to a higher level urban nursery, then is brought back to MMH before being able to go home.

She recalls, "We gave a grant to provide education and comfort items to every newly-diagnosed breast cancer patient. We also provided funding for a chef's club at South Ripley Elementary School." The life skills building program focuses on nutrition, physical activity, kitchen skills and how to read nutrition labels. The initiative was led by Purdue Extension and other community partners, with Margaret Mary Health dietitians offering input, cooking supplies and food.

Two of the many other grants funded art classes for cancer patients and a bariatric scale for the MMH Center of Brookville.

"Any Margaret Mary Health team member has the ability to write a grant request. If it has the approval of our senior management team and CEO, then the request comes to the MMHF Grants Committee and a recommendation is made to the foundation board."

"Every year we do a team member campaign, which gives them the opportunity to support the foundation. This year team members donated more than $50,000, which helps us provide all of these grants." This is reassuring to Dickey that "those who are closest to the hospital and our mission believe in it and want to support it."

She recently came up with an idea to benefit both women and the foundation. So far the new Women of Impact Investment Group has met twice. "We meet every other month," usually on the fourth Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. "People can bring their own lunches or grab lunch from the cafeteria. We have guest speakers talk about different topics."

"It's a forum for women who are interested in broadening their understanding of investing while also increasing knowledge of health and wellness topics."

One-time membership fees of $50 plus $25 per meeting fees become MMHF donations. "Those monies are going into a separate brokerage account. We as a group will decide how those monies are invested. We will give that money back to the hospital for a grant of the group's choosing."

Dickey reflects, "Studies show that women make most of the philanthropic giving decisions." The investment group, which welcomes new members, "is a way to help empower women while also, at the same time, establish a closer connection with the foundation." Interested women may contact her at or 812-933-5141.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

How to help

"Maybe it was a smile, kind word or gesture which brought you or your loved one comfort. Perhaps it was a lifesaving procedure or treatment, making your experience at MMH a special one. Many patients express gratitude for their care through kind words or letters of thanks. However, some patients ask for other ways they might share their appreciation for the compassionate care they received. The Grateful Patient Program provides patients and families with a meaningful way to thank the provider, nurse, therapist or other staff member who played a special role in their care," according to the website.

Individuals may be honored by making monetary gifts in their names. The foundation staff will notify caregivers of these donations.

The executive director adds, "A lot of people choose to give to the foundation by giving gifts in memory of someone. We're very fortunate to receive a lot of those gifts."

"Planned giving encourages people to think about creating a lasting legacy by including the health foundation in their estate plans." Gift types include bequests, beneficiary or life insurance policy designation, charitable gift annuity, real estate with retained life interest or creating a named fund. Contributors become members of the MMHF 1932 Society, named in honor of Margaret Hillenbrand, who fulfilled her dream of opening a hospital in Batesville. Info: