Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Riegle Golf Tournament Set For Saturday, July 14

Pictured in 1998 are, clockwise,
L.D. Riegle, sons Mark, Tom and Tim
In 1998, the L.D. Riegle family held the family’s first golf outing for State of the Heart Hospice. Called the “L.D. Riegle Open Golf Tournament,” the outing was established by the family as a way of thanking the local non-profit agency for the care given to the family patriarch, L.D. Riegle who died in 1988 under the care of State of the Heart. Mr. Riegle was an avid golfer

The family will hold the annual golf outing for the 14th year on Saturday, July 14 at the White Springs Golf Course near Greenville. State of the Heart has cared for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness for more than 30 years.

“The Riegle family and friends who play in this tournament value what was done for our father,” explained Mark Riegle, tournament director. Mark, along with brothers Tim and Tom, and their sister Debbie and their families coordinate the event. Proceeds from the outing and an auction held at the close of the tournament go to patient care support, assuring that all patients receive hospice care, regardless of ability to pay. The auction occurs around 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

This year, Riegle emphasized, “We are hoping to top the most amount we have ever raised which was $5,712 in 2006. We want to go higher than that and present State of the Heart with the highest check we have presented.” Last year, the tournament raised $4,832. In the past 13 years, the golf outing has raised $60,324, the highest amount ever raised by a volunteer fund raising group for State of the Heart.

Riegle said he is hoping that the auction, which usually brings in 40 to 45 percent of the proceeds, will be “one of the best we have done. It is open to the general public. We are looking for auction items that will help us reach a goal of nearly $6,000,” he said. Typically, sports items are auctioned off at the auction. “We have had tickets for various sporting events, or items from Ohio State or other teams,” he said.

He pointed out that auction items need not be sports related. “We have had quilts donated for auction (one had an unusual golf theme), and unusual floral arrangements. If someone has an item they think might make a good auction item, they should get in touch with me. The more auction items we have, the more we raise for State of the Heart,” he added.

Riegle said the family has maintained its commitment to organizing the golf outing “as a way for our family to pay back hospice for the great care our father received. We want to do our share to make sure this wonderful care is there for others, just as it was for our father.”

He added, “Those of us who organize and play in the tournament all have the same values. It is wonderful to come together and do something which benefits State of the Heart at the same time enjoy a day with family and friends who have a common bond and commitment. There are many who participate who have been touched by hospice care.”

As in the past 13 years, there will be 18 teams representing 72 people who will tee off at 1 p.m. The same teams have played consistently over the years. Each member of the Riegle family, including spouses, takes on a task. Mark, of Ft. Recovery, handles hole sponsors and organizes teams; brother Tom from Arcanum, is in charge of food and drinks, and brother Tim, who lives in New Jersey, does all of the signage. The family pays for the costs of food and drinks for the players.

For more information about the outing or to donate an item for the auction, contact Mark Riegle at 937-459-683 or at . For more information about State of the Heart, visit the web site at

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