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1st Annual Burggraf's Ace Hardware Caring Fore Kids Charity Classic is a Huge Success

6/15/2014

Grand Rapids, MN – There’s nothing that warms the heart more than a community coming together to raise funds for a worthy cause. On June 5th, Grand Rapids experienced that special feeling as the owners and employees of Burggraf’s ACE Hardware partnered with Grand Itasca Foundation and the employees of Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital to launch the 1st Annual Burggraf’s ACE Hardware Caring Fore Kids Charity Classic.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – There’s nothing that warms the heart more than a community coming together to raise funds for a worthy cause. On June 5th, Grand Rapids experienced that special feeling as the owners and employees of Burggraf’s ACE Hardware partnered with Grand Itasca Foundation and the employees of Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital to launch the 1st Annual Burggraf’s ACE Hardware Caring Fore Kids Charity Classic.

This up-scale charity golf tournament complete with a hors d’oeuvres and champagne reception, began as a vision of Steve Burggraf, owner of Burggraf’s ACE Hardware. On a national level, ACE Hardware is known for its philanthropic support of health care for kids, including the Children’s Miracle Network. “For a small business owner to have the vision, social capital and volunteer connections to create a unique community event from scratch and then to choose a local non-profit such as Grand Itasca Foundation as the recipient of the earnings – well, that is incredibly special.” says Kelly Kirwin, Grand Itasca Foundation Director.

More than $25,000 was raised from the nine-hole charity scramble held at Pokegama Golf Course on Thursday, June 5th. The community support was incredible with 47 sponsors, more than 100 golfers and dozens of volunteers contributing to the success of the event.

“The original fundraising goal for the event was $10,000,” shares Kirwin. “By more than doubling that goal, we are so pleased with the success of year one that we can’t wait to get started planning for 2015.”

All dollars raised will go toward pediatric care at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. The Foundation will ultimately determine where the money will be applied, as the ‘needs’ are considerable. New equipment and additional programs within pediatric rehabilitation services and pediatric hospital services are at the top of the list.

If you’d like to support, enhance, expand and improve the health and well-being of Grand Itasca patients and their families through a cash gift, stock or planned gift, please visit www.granditasca.org or call Kelly Kirwin at 218-999-1009

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is a non-profit, 50-bed integrated clinic and hospital that employs over 600 people, including over 60 providers whose specialties include Chiropractic, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Podiatry, Pulmonology, Radiology, Urology, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine.

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