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Golfers to Tee Off in Support of Local Hospice and Surgical Care

May 21, 2013

Tournament participation and sponsorships opportunities are still available

On June 24, over 200 golfing enthusiasts and friends will continue a 28-year local tradition that has raised more than $1.5 million in support of health care services for the residents of Washington Township Healthcare District and surrounding communities. The golfers will be teeing off in this year's Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation Golf Tournament at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville.

Since 1985, golfers with all levels of ability and experience have been gathering for the annual tournament, enjoying a day on the links followed by an awards banquet in the evening. Those who don't wish to golf but would like to support this good cause can attend the evening festivities. The event is held in memory of longtime Fremont businessman Gene Angelo Pessagno, a founding member of Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation.

"This tournament earned $10,000 in its first year and now raises nearly ten times that amount," said Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Foundation president. "Each year, more people come to enjoy the fun and fellowship, but they also want to support hospice and other healthcare programs in our community. This year, besides contributing to end-of-life care for local residents, proceeds from the tournament will support surgical care at Washington Hospital. Because surgical innovation is always advancing, the Foundation looks forward to helping underwrite the cost of operating room instruments that surgeons will need in the future."

In addition to the 18-hole golf tournament, the event will also include a putting contest, lunch and cocktail reception. During the awards banquet, a selection of exciting golf equipment, weekend getaways and other items will be up for bid at a silent auction. This is the second year the event is being held at the Blackhawk Country Club.

Gene Angelo Pessagno's widow, Laura, and her family continue to be enthusiastic supporters of the 28-year-old golf tournament. In addition, as a founding member of the Washington Hospital Service League, Mrs. Pessagno is an active volunteer at Washington Hospital.

"We are looking forward to a great day on the golf course with friends and colleagues," said Lamar Hinton, who is serving again as Golf Tournament chairman. "I'd like to thank our committee's volunteers for their dedication and hard work in making the entire day a fun and rewarding experience for every participant."

"I would also like to extend special thanks to this year's gold sponsors Fremont Bank and Gonsalves & Kozachenko for their continued support," Hinton emphasized.

There is still plenty of time to sign up for the tournament or become a tournament sponsor. For more information about Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's 28th Annual Golf Tournament, or to register as a participant or take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, call (510) 791-3428.

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To find out more about the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, go to www.whhs/foundation.

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