Annual McGMO golf event raises $50,000 to support Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center

August 23, 2011

Delavan, Wis., – The 14th annual McGMO Golfing for Cancer Care event, held recently at Delbrook Golf Course, raised $50,000 to help improve the lives of cancer patients in Walworth County. The event raises funds to benefit cancer patients at the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

The McGMO was established in 1998 in loving memory of Dean McGregor, Ivan Grover, Calvin Monroe, who have lost their battle with cancer and Kim O’Keefe, a courageous cancer survivor.

“So many of us are touched by cancer today,” said Mike Grover, one of the founders of the event. “The McGMO Charity Golf proceeds help make a difference and improve the lives of those who are currently struggling with cancer and help those who face the cancer challenge in the future.”

The proceeds from this year's event will provide the funds for an Olympus video system, accessories and scopes at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. It will assist in less invasive laparoscopic surgeries for cancer patients and help them to heal faster and reduce their time in the hospital.

Grover said support for the event continues to grow each year and this year was no exception. This year’s field of 180 golfers included golfers from 12 states competing in the annual charity golf event

“Over the years, we’ve had so many people from our community and beyond support our efforts,’’ said Grover. “When Tim McGregor, my wife Lori and I, John Monroe, and Kim O’Keefe, see this type of response it reinforces how special this community is in so many ways.

Since its inception, the McGMO has raised over $455,000 to enhance patient services, acquire equipment, and invest in new technology at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

“With the generous support of our McGMO partners, cancer patients and their families will now have access to additional technology that helps them to go through their cancer journey close to home,’’ said Vicki Lewis, vice president and chief administrative officer, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. “Having treatment and services in the community has so many benefits to the patient and their family and we are so grateful to the McGMO founders for this annual commitment.”’’

The following are the results for this year’s McGMO:

1st Place Men's: Jim Breytung, Robert Rickman, Doug Miller and Scott Mienshock

2nd Place Men's: Jim Roach, Gary Flanders, John Zick and Russ Zick.

1st Place Coed: Mary Ellen O'Neill, Mike Palma, Cathy Pierson, and Pat Bushman.

2nd Place Coed: Jay Goethal, Colleen Goethal, Tim Torkelson and Joey Torkelson.

1st Place Woman's: Denise Connelly, Katy Lamantia, Kathy Shrock and Suzie Augustine.

The families expressed thanks to all participants, volunteers, Delbrook Golf Course, Greenie's Clubhouse, hole sponsors and donors for continuous support of the McGMO.

For more information about the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, log on to www.Aurora.org/LakelandVLCC.

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