Golf tournament benefits Kaua‘i Hospice

Kaua‘i Hospice was the beneficiary earlier this month when 105 golfers from across the island and California participated in the Anne Short Golf Tournament. The weather cooperated with a perfect Po‘ipu day of sun, clouds, breeze and no rain.

Anne Short, a long-time resident of Kaua‘i, has been within the caring embrace of a hospice chapter in California. Since golf had been one of Anne’s greatest pleasures, her friends here banded together to put on this tournament to raise desperately needed funds for Kaua‘i Hospice.

Anne and her close family traveled to Kaua‘i to participate. Her health rallied with the love extended by friends and family around her. Enough to bring her out on the Kiahuna Golf Course, putting often but letting her grandson, Danny Kassenbaum, take the drives and the short game.

Co-chairs Sandy Helmer, Melony Smith and Judy Mince were ecstatic to announce that almost $18,000 was raised for Kaua‘i Hospice, and they were quick to thank the generosity of Kaua‘i businesses and friends, as well as California friends and family.

Prizes were awarded following a buffet luncheon at Joe’s on the Green.

A putt-off decided first place after the top two teams posted a score of 56. The team of Tyson Moises, Ralph Artaho, Bernal Fernandez and Brian Barcilona took first, and Radford Sam Fong, Norman Holtz, Nick Kulhman and Brandon Thomas finished second.

Judy Smith and Val Rekwark of Kaua‘i Hospice spoke of the many areas where Hospice makes a valuable difference in families’ lives during a patient’s prolonged illness and last days, taking special efforts of help children through the lengthy period of grief.

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