Ridgeview Foundation hosting 32nd Annual Golf & Taste Celebration; event raised record $1.25 million in 2016

Ridgeview Foundation will host its 32nd Annual Golf & Taste Celebration at Island View Golf Club in Waconia on Monday, June 19, 2017. As Ridgeview Foundation’s largest fundraising event, the annual Golf & Taste Celebration event brings more than 600 people together to raise funds for Ridgeview Medical Center.

Since 1986, more than $10 million has been raised through the Golf & Taste Celebration to expand the technology and services available to people and communities in the six-county area served by Ridgeview. Proceeds from this year’s event will support the renovation and expansion of Ridgeview’s Emergency Department in Waconia. Set to begin construction in early 2018, this expansion will allow Ridgeview’s emergency services to remain as a premier resource in the southwest metro area.

“This exciting and significant project will transform how we provide emergency care on our Waconia campus, enhancing our ability to continue providing life-saving procedures and treatment,” said Robert Stevens, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center. “We are designing specialized areas to accommodate patients of different ages and needs, investing in advanced equipment and technology, and improving the overall patient experience.

“Every contribution does make a difference for this important project. We are grateful for the very generous and ongoing commitment of our Golf & Taste sponsors, supporters and participants to Ridgeview and the communities we serve,” Stevens said

Major event sponsors include: Charter Bank (Presenting Sponsor, Premier Level); Emergency Physicians & Consultants, P.A.; Lakeview Clinic, Ltd.; Marco, Inc.; Security Bank & Trust; Mortenson Construction; Wigen Water Technologies; Ridgeview Medical Staff; Consulting Radiologists, Ltd.; US Bank Private Client Reserve; Allina Health; Aurora Investments LLC; Lindberg & Associates; Medallion Cabinetry – an Elkay Company; Medica; Twin Cities Orthopedics, PA; Catalyst Construction; CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP; Irish Born Hospitality; KleinBank; Lockton Companies, LLC; Melchert Hubert Sjodin, PLLP; North Central Ambulance Sales; OBGYN West; PrairieCare, LLC; Western OB/GYN Physicians, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics; Beniek Property Services, Inc.; E.P.S., Inc.; Meristem; Minnesota Oncology Hematology, P.A.; IWCO Direct; Laketown Electric Corporation; SDQ Janitorial; 5th Street Ventures; Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting; Conduent; Hennepin County Medical Center; Paragon Development Systems, Inc.; Park Dental Group; Prouty Project; South Lake Pediatrics; and Youngstedt Companies.

Golf and so much more
The day-long Golf & Taste event begins with morning golf, followed by a Bridge Tournament and afternoon golf. The evening Taste Celebration has continued to be a highlight each year, with a large number of local restaurants and vendors serving food and refreshments.

Ridgeview Foundation is adding the “Grip It & Rip It” board to this year’s event. It is an interactive, fundraising game that provides a great opportunity to support Ridgeview while having fun. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase a square on the board for $100 and have the opportunity to win prizes – including a grand prize of a vacation for two.

The celebration also includes a silent auction, program and a live auction.  Ian Leonard, Fox 9 chief meteorologist, will serve as the emcee and auctioneer for the evening program.

To purchase tickets for event, call Ridgeview Foundation at 952-442-6010, or visit ridgeviewmedical.org/golf. These tickets can also be purchased at the event on June 19.

About Ridgeview Foundation
Ridgeview Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds relationships to support Ridgeview Medical Center’s mission to make a positive difference in the quality of life and health for the west-suburban communities served. A volunteer Board of Directors, whose members represent communities throughout Ridgeview’s service region, guides it. For more information about the Foundation or how you can get involved, visit www.ridgeviewfoundation.org.

About Ridgeview Medical Center
Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional health care system serving the southwest metro region of the Twin Cities. Its network includes three hospitals—located in Waconia, Arlington, and Le Sueur—a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, a nursing home, independent living apartments and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska—a free-standing 24/7 emergency and urgent care facility with multispecialty clinics and services. For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.