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Javier Meraz, on the Cascade Medical golf team, takes a swing at 2018’s Cascade Golf Classic.

LEAVENWORTH — If golfers long for a day off work, spent on the greens, the Cascade Golf Classic offers the perfect reason—fundraising for Cascade Medical Foundation (CMF)!

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A golfer putts it in at the 2018 Cascade Golf Classic.

On Monday, June 17th, CMF hosts its seventeenth annual tournament at the Leavenworth Golf Club, with the aim of raising thousands of dollars to put toward the purchase of new 3D mammography equipment at Cascade Medical.

It’s hard to say no to so much fun for a good cause. After a few playful contests, the groups of four golfers begin, following a scramble, best ball format. That means if someone has an off hole, or an off day, his golfing buddies can help smooth out the rough edges of his play.

The Leavenworth Golf Club boasts a gorgeous, almost wilderness-like experience, with rolling terrain, framed by trees and distant mountains. The sounds of the flowing Wenatchee and nesting songbirds help golfers find their Zen swing. CMF Golf Committee Chair, Bob Adamson said, “During your round you can often see deer roaming around on the golf course, or a mother goose leading her goslings across the fairway.”

Many golfers love the Cascade Golf Classic and return year after year. Roy Schiferl, returning for his tenth time, can list off several reasons for his loyalty. “First is to help raise money for such a important cause and the role Cascade Medical plays in our community. Second, is to have fun. After all, it is golf. Third is to win, but also have fun doing it. I have had the same teammates for many years, and they all come back for the same reasons.”

Rudy Pierce, Schiferl’s teammate, praised CMF for hosting an amazing event. “All the activities, and the volunteers and course employees that make them happen, are wonderful. What I most appreciate is the opportunity to contribute toward the work of Cascade Medical Foundation.”

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The Cascade Golf Classic has many extras, including putting and chipping contests.

After the final counts are in and the lowest scoring team wins, there’s still a dinner at the Wild Huckleberry with an action-packed silent and live auction, dessert dash and mystery wine. Some of Pierce’s favorite memories occurred, not on the green, but at the dinners. “[There’s the] craziness of bidding against myself during the live auction; the joy of donating back the chocolate cake I just won so it can be auctioned again; the delicious chance to give the Cougar fans in the room a good razzing while some Husky football tickets are being auctioned!”

The Cascade Golf Classic has proven to be key to CMF’s success. Before the first golf tournament, Chris Clark, former CMF Board Member, explained, “We had been really low-scale. We bought small things for the hospital like carpets and a snow blower.” Clark, along with Jim Adamson and others, worked tirelessly and convinced the Leavenworth Golf Club to give the tournament a try. That first year, “we had over ninety participants and raised $17,000. We were so excited.”

Now CMF can proudly claim having donated over one million dollars to help Cascade Medical provide the highest quality of medical care to upper valley residents and visitors alike.

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A golfer putts it in at the 2018 Cascade Golf Classic.

The torch has been passed to Jim’s son, Bob, and his fellow board members. Bob said, “Everyone that has participated over the years has been a big part in making Cascade Medical Hospital what it is today, and we couldn’t have done it without those people, organizations, and our Cascade Golf Classic.”

For more information and to register for this year’s Cascade Golf Classic, go to: www.cascademedicalfoundation.org