Pars for Patients Golf Tournament

Horizon Health Foundation raises $70,000 for local Alcester patients

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(ALCESTER, SD) – Eighty-seven golfers took the course at Horizon Health Foundation’s 2nd annual Pars for Patients fundraising traveling golf tournament. This year, a net of $70,000 was raised to support updates to the Alcester Community Health Center, including new flooring, paint and a Hi-Lo exam table, which combines an exam chair with a power table to allow greater patient comfort and accessibility.

“We’re so grateful for the incredible turnout at the golf tournament,” said Mary Honomichl, southeast regional manager for Horizon Health Care. “Our 44-year-old clinic is in desperate need of updates. The community has shown generous support to our staff and patients in providing funds to continue to help our clinic grow and thrive for years to come.”

On Friday, June 10th, at the new Alcester Golf Club in Alcester, South Dakota, golfers and community members enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities.

A million-dollar shootout began the day with one golfer, Dale Vandenberg with Peoples Bank in Iowa, trying his chance at a hole-in-one to win a million dollars. Even though the shot was missed, golfers still enjoyed a 9-hole course with a variety of games. The Alcester Men’s League won the first flight of golfing, while the Dakota Cleaning & Maintenance II took second place in the first flight. For the second flight, Peoples Bank took first place and Northwestern Energy took second place.

The Pars for Patients golf tournament featured a 50/50 golf ball raffle, sponsored by Jans Corporation, where 400 golf balls were dropped by a small plane over a target on the golf course. The person with the golf ball closest to the target was Laura Johnson of Madison, South Dakota, and as a result, she won $5,000 from the event.

During the evening, 150 golfers and community members enjoyed a ribeye steak dinner, sponsored by Alliance Communications. A silent and live auction gave attendees the opportunity to bid on multiple local packages, one-of-a-kind experiences and international trips. The auctioneer also offered a time where participants could generously contribute to the Alcester clinic through Fund-A-Mission, in which nearly $20,000 cash was raised in under 10 minutes.

Horizon Health Foundation would like to thank the Alcester Community Foundation for their generous gift of $15,000 to support updates to the Alcester clinic. As a bonus, they matched all gifts made to the clinic or the Pars for Patients golf tournament, up to an additional $15,000.

“The Alcester Community Foundation was very proud to be the anchor sponsor for the Horizon Health fundraising project,” said Jerry Joachim, board president for the Alcester Community Foundation. “The committee members feel that our local clinic is very important to our community and the surrounding area.  We were very pleased with the outcome of the fundraising project and look forward to seeing the improvements that will be made to the clinic.”

The total goal of the tournament was to raise $70,000 to complete the Alcester clinic project. Thanks to generous investors with matching gifts, along with support from sponsors, local community members, and 29 different companies, the Pars for Patients golf tournament reached their goal in supporting the Alcester Community Health Center.

The Alcester Community Health Center staff and Horizon Health Foundation would like to recognize and thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Alcester Community Foundation; The Person-Wright Financial Group; Premier Bank; Jans Corporation; Alliance Communications; ConvergeOne; See The Trainer – Sioux Falls; Rivers Edge Bank; Dakota Cleaning & Maintenance; HenkinSchultz, Inc.; POET; Alkota Cleaning Systems, Inc.; Premier Insurance; Great Shots; Hawarden Regional Healthcare; Office Peeps; Fiesta Foods; Arlene’s Sunnyside Café; Alcester Area Chamber of Commerce; Alcester Lions Club; Total Stop Food Store; Custom Coils, Inc.; Beresford Family Chiropractic; A&B Business Solutions; Massage by Sherry; and Sanford Laboratories.

The Horizon Health Foundation was established in 2016 to ensure rural health care access to those in need and provide funding for Horizon Health Care. Horizon Health Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, seeks through responsible activities to encourage and derive sustaining gift support from current and former patients and interested friends, including corporate entities. The Horizon Health Foundation, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, is the duly designated fundraising arm for Horizon Health Care.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health Care, which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met.

About Horizon Health Care

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information, please visit