Two days of fun on and off the golf course raised more than $174,000 over the weekend for Palmetto Health Cancer Centers, one of the largest cancer programs in the Southeast.
The 2018 Palmetto Health Foundation Golf Classic began Thursday with a reception and silent auction at 701 Whaley, followed by a golf tournament Friday on both courses at Ft. Jackson Golf Club.
More than 200 people took part in the tournament, which began with professional long drive champions Kevin “The Bull” Bullard and Justin “The Moose” Moose entertaining the participants with 400-yard drives and trick shots including driving a ball through a piece of plywood.
“It’s just awesome to be out here for a great cause,” said Bullard. He and Moose donated their time to the cause. Bullard also emceed the reception, and both golfers spent Friday on the course, offering to hit drives on behalf of players in exchange for donations to the cause.
Beth Frost, Palmetto Health Foundation Golf Classic committee chair and a member of the Palmetto Health Cancer Centers board of directors, said the 28-year-old signature event takes a great deal of work, but is absolutely worth it.
“There is probably nine months of planning involved, getting the sponsors and commitments from the golfers and everything else that makes this go. It is a team effort,” she said. “We fund special projects for the Cancer Centers. Every year we choose an area of the Cancer Centers that need something most.”
This year’s proceeds will help fund a VO2 Max machine for Palmetto Health Cancer Centers and its physical therapy team.
The VO2 Max measures a cancer patient’s oxygen utilization during aerobic exercise. The results lead to specialized aerobic exercise training that greatly relieves symptoms of fatigue and other symptoms in patients with cancer. Additional proceeds will enhance programs and services at the Cancer Centers.
Palmetto Health Foundation’s mission is to engage community partners to enhance health care for patients and families served by Palmetto Health.