Golf tournament raises $6,600 for local food pantries

Great River Health’ Food Drive Golf Tournament July 14 raised $6,600, about one-third of the anticipated total for the 2017 drive. Other funds come from raffle ticket sales, an online auction for health system employees, and contributions from employees and other people, the health system and businesses.

Since 2000, the health system has donated $151,271 to local food pantries. Last year’s total was $17,850.

Thirty-six teams participated in the sixth annual public tournament, this year at Flint Hills Golf Course.

“Last year, we had two dozen teams, so this was a big increase,” said John Mercer, director, Facilities. His department has coordinated the 22-year-old old food drive since 2006. “The tournament is a great way to kick off the drive. After all the activities, we distribute hundreds of $50 food vouchers to the pantries in time for Thanksgiving.”