Golf Tournament raises $270,000 to benefit Waterford Place
Rain may have dampened the ankles of the 112 golfers participating in the 23rd annual Rich Harvest Classic, but not their spirits, as this year’s fundraiser was the most successful ever, raising $270,000 to benefit Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center.
Held on June 24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois, the annual golf tournament is Waterford Place’s big fundraiser. The event began with breakfast at 7 a.m. and concluded with an awards ceremony and lunch buffet.
Fred Vargas, a 78-year-old cancer survivor and participant at Waterford Place, spoke at the lunch, sharing that he has had cancer twice in the past two years and has benefited greatly from Waterford’s programs. He participates in four different group exercise programs there and noted that the wide array of programs offer something for everyone. In fact, he said that Waterford Place has been the silver lining in his cancer diagnosis - for the friendships he has formed there and the support he has received. In particular, he urged men who have been diagnosed with cancer to get involved in the programs that Waterford Place offers, noting that men have a higher cancer incidence rate than women but are under-represented among participants at Waterford Place.
Since it opened in 2015, Waterford Place has served 1,860 unique participants, who have made a total of 16,112 visits. Approximately 40 programs are offered at Waterford Place each quarter, including educational programs, yoga, reiki therapy, cooking demonstrations, support groups, family programs, and salon and spa services.
Over the last 23 years, the Rich Harvest Classic has raised a total of $4 million for Waterford Place and other worthy programs at Rush Copley.