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Drive 4 UR Community 2014
Mathews Ford, The Foundation for Firelands and members of the local community helped raise much-needed funds for Firelands Regional Medical Center - Center for Women and Newborns at a recent test-drive event, as part of Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR Community program. More than 300 Sandusky-area residents test-drove a Ford vehicle at Mathews Ford dealership at 310 E. Perkins Avenue on April 26. Mathews Ford and Ford Motor Company donated $20 per person, totaling $6,000, with funds going toward Firelands Regional Medical Center - Center for Women and Newborns.
In an effort to go further, Ford has developed the Drive 4 UR Community program, which is modeled after the successful Drive 4 UR School program. To date, Ford dealerships and local communities across the United States have helped to raise more than $20 million for high schools thanks to their hard work and partnership with the Drive 4 UR School program.
“I am more than thrilled that so many people from the local community turned out to support The Foundation for Firelands, and I’ve never been more proud to be a Ford dealer. Participants had the chance to take a fun, casual drive in one of our vehicles, while lending our community a much-needed helping hand,” said Bob Mathews, owner of Mathews Ford.
“With all the cutbacks in healthcare, finding creative ways to fundraise is imperative,” said Alice Springer, Director of Development for The Foundation for Firelands. “The money from Ford will make a difference to our patients and it says a lot about who they are as a company. The money raised on April 26 will help fund renovations to create the new Firelands Regional Medical Center - Center for Women and Newborns.”
“Caddyshack” Open 2013
The 2013 Foundation for Firelands “Caddyshack” Open Party and Golf Tournament sponsored by KeyBank, raised more than $76,000, proceeds of which will benefit the Firelands Cancer Program Fund. The fund provides uninsured and underinsured cancer patients with medications, transportation, nutrition assistance, physician-prescribed stress-relieving therapies and much more before, during and after receiving treatment at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at Firelands Regional Medical Center.
The popular event featured a pre-tournament party on Sunday night with island-themed food, cocktails, and live and silent auctions that sent lucky bidders on golf trips to Arizona and Wisconsin.
Golf on Monday provided a fun and challenging round for 144 avid golfers, who arrived costumed in loud outfits and as character lookalikes. Even “Tiger Woods” made an appearance!
Thanks to all our very generous donors for their continued support of the work we do to help cancer patients in need at Firelands Regional Medical Center. You make it possible for us to provide numerous people with assistance to lessen the financial burden of mounting medical bills for cancer patients. See you on the course in 2014!
Guests dined at tables artfully decorated by K & K Home Furnishings to reflect a fun, golf theme.
Donors mingled and dined on island-themed food at this casual summer soiree the night before The “Caddyshack” Open.
Committee Member Kathie Fischer and friends visit and relax (or maybe strategize for their round) at The “Caddyshack” Open Party.
Donors bid on fantastic silent auction items like this home décor basket from K & K Home Furnishings, tickets to watch a Cleveland Indians game, massages and much more!
One lucky bidder went home from The “Caddyshack” Open Party with a collection of great wine for his or her next party.
Guests mingle and bid on auction items prior to the live auction at The “Caddyshack” Open Party.
The Cleveland Browns generously donated a football signed by lineman Ahtyba Rubin for the “Caddyshack” Open silent auction.
Guests mingle at the “Caddyshack” Open Party.
For the sports fans, an historical timeline of Ohio State football was showcased in the silent auction.
“Lacey Underalls” made a guest appearance during the rounds at the 2013 “Caddyshack” Open.
“Tiger Woods” also entertained guests at the “Caddyshack” Open. He was especially impressed by the 2013 Buick Verano offered as a hole-in-one prize from Kasper Auto Group.
Firelands Regional Medical Center Board Member Ted Kastor is awarded the coveted Masters’ green jacket by “Tiger Woods” at the “Caddyshack” Open.
144 Golfers enjoyed beautiful weather and a great course at Plum Brook Country Club for the “Caddyshack” Open.
Teammates (from left) Bob Mathews, Beth Mathews, John Springer, Alice Springer, Rob Mathews and Caddy Noah Hassinger take an opportunity for a photo op with “Tiger Woods.”
Beverage Cart Volunteers Amy Springer and Kathy Meyers take a break from hydrating the golfers to pose with “Tiger Woods.”
Golfers from Firelands Regional Medical Center and Event Sponsor KeyBank pose with “Tiger Woods.”
Golfers from United Insurance Services and Firelands Regional Medical Center up their game with tips from “Tiger Woods.”
“Tiger Woods” tees up a shot on Hole 3 at the “Caddyshack” Open.
Look at that pro follow-through from “Tiger Woods” at this year’s “Caddyshack” Open.
“Tiger Woods” relaxes with the gopher after a successful day of golfing at the “Caddyshack” Open.
Perkins High School Athletes Score Big for Breast Cancer
The Perkins High School football team and cheerleading squad proudly wear a “P” stitched on their uniforms throughout their season. Last October, the “P” meant more than just Perkins; it meant philanthropic as well.
In observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October, the Perkins student athletes sold pink t-shirts and donated the money to The Foundation for Firelands mammogram and breast cancer fund. The football players wore bright pink laces in their cleats, and the cheerleaders used pink pompoms. By the end of the month, the student athletes raised over $1,000 to help area residents receive lifesaving breast cancer screenings.
Hearts in Flight Jubilee
The Foundation for Firelands' Hearts in Flight fundraiser on Feb. 11, 2012, brought nearly 200 local people together in support of the cardiovascular services offered at the Firelands heart and vascular institute. These generous donors were treated to an elegant dinner and dancing in an airplane hangar at Griffing Flying Services in Sandusky, complete with a KingAir private plane as the show-stopping centerpiece. Live music and delicious plated cuisine as well as a program honoring the philanthropy of local pilots made the evening extra special - all in the name of heart health.
One lucky guest, Corey Opfer, won a raffled trip to Chicago in the private KingAir plane, courtesy of Griffing Flying Services. Thanks to the generous support of the Hearts in Flight attendees, the patients at the Firelands heart center can now rehabilitate on state-of-the-art Sci-Fit cardio machines, making their journey to better heart health faster and more comfortable. The Foundation for Firelands extends a heartfelt thank you to everyone for putting their Hearts in Flight.
Guests at The Foundation for Firelands Hearts in Flight Jubilee walked into the event on a red carpet flanked by Griffing’s private KingAir airplane.
Tina Ammanniti, Area Director of Cardiac/Pulmonary Services at Firelands Heart and Vascular Institute explains what donations mean for her patients in cardiac rehabilitation.
Tina Ammanniti talks about patients at the Firelands Heart and Vascular Institute.
The Foundation for Firelands Director of Development Alice Springer applauds during the safety demonstration before takeoff at the Hearts in Flight Jubilee.
Guests Dr. Jim and Joni Berry listen the opening remarks at their table.
K & K Home Furnishings generously provided decorating services to transform Griffing Flying Services’ main hangar into an elegant ballroom for the evening.
The Foundation for Firelands honored area pilots who have made a philanthropic impact at the Hearts in Flight Jubilee.
Board member Paula Rengel and her husband, Dave, enjoy the company of friends on the dance floor.
Guests danced the night away to live music, all in the name of promoting heart health in our region.
Guests flocked to the dance floor after dinner to enjoy live music with a breathtaking view of the Griffing’s KingAir airplane.
Director of Development Alice Springer and Development Coordinator Christine Mack draw guest Corey Opfer’s name as the winner of the raffle for a trip to Chicago in the private KingAir airplane.
Guest Corey Opfer celebrates his raffle win after being announced the winner of a private plane trip to Chicago.
The Griffing family listens to the accomplishments of their pilot family members during the Hearts in Flight Jubilee pilot tribute.
Guests enjoy being serenaded by the live band at the Hearts in Flight Jubilee.
Hearts in Flight Committee Member Kitty Shields poses next to the KingAir with “Pilot” Dan Howell.
Ruth Parker, Firelands Regional Medical Center Board Member Emeritus and philanthropist, dances with her son, John.
Rusty Vinyl brings energy and hot tunes to the group at Hearts in Flight Jubilee.
Guests enjoy dinner, cocktails and dancing to raise money for patients in need of heart health services.
Guests were greeted by committee members during Hearts in Flight Jubilee.
The female vocalist of the night belts it out to keep the crowd entertained at Hearts in Flight Jubilee.