Friday, April 11, 2014

State of the Heart Hospice Nineteenth Annual Memorial Golf Outing Is Presented by Integrity Ambulance Service

Pictured are golfers lined up for the 2013 golf outing
State of the Heart Hospice will hold the nonprofit agency’s nineteenth annual Ohio Memorial Golf Outing, Friday, June 6 at the Mercer County Elks Golf Club, 3242 U.S. 127 in Celina. Proceeds from the fund raiser will go to the agency’s Care Center at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, and to a newly established State of the Heart wish granting entity called “Corynna’s Wish.” For the second year in a row Integrity Ambulance Service, headquartered in Greenville, is the presenting sponsor.

“Once again, we are grateful to Integrity for taking a leadership role in helping raise funds that will benefit State of the Heart in two ways,” stated Ryan Gathard, Fund Development Director for State of the Heart. Last year, the outing raised $23,000 with funds directed to establishing the Care Center which has served approximately 150 patients since it opened last July.

Gathard said that 75 percent of the proceeds will be directed to supporting the Care Center while 25 percent will go to “Corynna’s Wish.” The new wish-granting program is dedicated to fulfilling wishes of State of the Heart patients that they could not otherwise do. It is dedicated in honor and in memory of Corynna Strawser, a 16-year-old State of the Heart patient who died of Mitochondrial Disease and was cared for by State of the Heart before her passing in 2013. “We have had tremendously successful golf outings and we greatly appreciate this support as it enables us to meet the needs of our patients,” Gathard said.

The Care Center is located on the fourth floor of Wayne HealthCare and can be used by patients from all areas served by State of the Heart. There are five patient beds and a family lounge in an inviting, homelike setting. Families can visit loved ones seven days a week and 24 hours a day. It is the only care center of its kind in the area served by State of the Heart.

The afternoon session of the golf outing is already sold out, but golfers still have the opportunity to play in the 8:00 a.m. morning round at the cost of $300 per team. Gathard said there are a variety of sponsorship levels and under 10 team slots available. For more information about having a team or sponsoring, contact him at 1-800-417-7535, or email him at

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