Hope Lodge Golf Invitational set for June 7 at Blythefield Country Club

Annual event to raise funds, awareness to support cancer patients traveling to Grand Rapids for treatment

On Monday, June 7, Blythefield Country Club in Belmont will host the second annual American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Golf Invitational, a benefit golf outing to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids. The Hope Lodge offers no-charge lodging in a supportive, comfortable environment for cancer patients and their caregivers who are traveling from out of town to Grand Rapids for cancer treatment.

Player registration and sponsorship opportunities are available online at hlgrandrapids.com or by contacting Linda Powers at the American Cancer Society at (616) 551-4052.

Receiving cancer treatment in another city or state can add a financial and logistical burden to the already difficult experience of a cancer diagnosis, as few health care facilities provide lodging, and hotel bills add up quickly. The American Cancer Society (ACS) Hope Lodge, Peter M. Wege Guest House, which opened in February 2008 in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood at 129 Jefferson Ave. SE, helps adult cancer patients and caregivers lessen the burden of cancer by offering a home-like environment at no charge.

“The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Golf Invitational is a key part of our efforts to raise awareness and ongoing support of the Hope Lodge here in Grand Rapids,” said Linda Powers, distinguished events specialist with the ACS. “Our volunteer executive committee, chaired by Don Heeringa, president of Trendway Inc., is working diligently to organize a great day of golf, complete with live and silent auctions and an awards dinner. The community is encouraged to participate by registering a team, sponsoring the event, or making a donation to support the ongoing operations of the Hope Lodge and give hope to the hundreds of patients and caregivers each year who rely on the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge during their cancer journey.”

Local author and award-winning newspaper columnist Tom Rademacher will join players on the course, as well as serve as the auctioneer during the evening awards dinner and reception. Signed copies of his new book, “Splitting Wood,” will be among the many unique live and silent auction items available.

“Blythefield Country Club is proud to partner with the ACS in this very important event, supporting the wonderful program of the Hope Lodge here in our community,” said Patti Butcher, PGA/LPGA, director of golf operations at Blythefield Country Club. “We encourage golf enthusiasts from throughout our greater community to join us for a memorable day of golf for a wonderful cause.”

Hope Lodge guests stay in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, and they share community kitchens, laundry facilities, a library and other gathering places. Guests often participate in special events like movie or game nights, and community groups and organizations often will prepare dinners at the Hope Lodge for guests.

All proceeds from the ACS Hope Lodge Golf Invitational will benefit the Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids. For more information, contact the local ACS office at (616) 364-6121 or visit www.hlgolfgrandrapids.com.

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