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Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament


Kirk Rueter, Former San Francisco Giants Pitcher Named Honorary Chairman & Dimond Bros. LLC, with The Hanover Insurance Group, to be Major Sponsor of St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament

Planning and fundraising for the annual St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament are again underway.  With a goal of supporting SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in its mission to provide quality, cost-effective care to all of those in the region, this sixth annual event will be held Friday, Sept. 16, at Greenview Golf Club in Centralia.

Dimond Bros., LLC, in partnership with The Hanover Insurance Group, has again signed on as the major sponsor of this year's tournament, with a generous donation of $5,000. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Kirk Rueter will serves again as honorary chairman of the tournament.  Rueter, a native of Hoyleton, played for the Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants as a starting pitcher for 12 seasons before retiring in 2005. 

"We thank Dimond Bros. and The Hanover Insurance Group for their generous support each year serving as the major sponsor for our Foundation golf tournament," said Scott Niermann, Foundation Director at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital.  "Their regular and significant support of our Hospital is a great example of how a company can truly make a difference in our community by investing in our healthcare future."

Niermann added, "We are honored again this year to have Kirk Rueter actively involved in this event and lending his support as well.  Many know his name as a baseball player both here and across the country, but having worked with him for six years now, the hospital Foundation and local residents are aware also of his strong spirit of generosity and charity. We appreciate his efforts to help SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and its patients."

Registration and lunch will be held from 10 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, with a shotgun start at 12 p.m. A dinner and awards ceremony will be held following play.  As in the past, an oral auction will be held for a Tour of Kirk Rueter's "The Shed" located in Nashville, IL.  Additional plans are being made to enhance the evening event, along with the cash and other prizes to be awarded for on-course games and achievements throughout the day.  Souvenir gifts for players and sponsors are available for those registered.  Should rain force postponement of the scramble, it will be held the following day, Saturday, Sept. 17.

Sponsorship opportunities remain available for the Sixth Annual St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament. Eagle Level sponsors ($2,500) will receive a team of four entered in the tournament with lunch, refreshments, dinner and souvenir gifts, as well as cart and hole sponsorship signs, listing in the program and on a banner, four extra dinner tickets and four extra souvenir gifts.

Birdie Level sponsorship ($1,500) includes a team of four entered in the tournament with lunch, refreshments, dinner and souvenir gifts, and similar sponsorship signs.  Team Sponsors ($1,000) will receive a team with lunch, refreshments, dinner, and sponsorship signage, as well.  

Tee sponsorships ($200) will include custom golf ball-shaped signage with a logo at one of the holes on the course. Hole sponsorship ($100) includes signage at one of the holes, while cart sponsorship ($50) includes signage for an individual or company on one of the golf carts.

Registration is limited and may be obtained by calling the Foundation Office at (618) 436-6455. Cost for a team of four is $500. Dinner guests may join the dinner and oral auction festivities for $25, paid in advance.

"This is not only a fun day of golf but a great way to support SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital," said Niermann. "Proceeds may be used to upgrade medical equipment and facilities and will help provide exceptional patient care. By participating in our golf scramble, you will be making a positive impact on the quality of care provided to the residents of our community."

Brochures are being mailed out in July.  For more information or to register, call the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation at (618) 436-6455.


(Left to right)  Kirk Rueter, former Major League Baseball pitcher and Honorary Chairman of the St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament; John Sigsbury, President SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Tom Simpson representing Dimond Bros. Insurance; Scott Niermann, St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Director; Phil Gustafson, Regional President and CEO SSM Health; and Maryann Langenfeld, Foundation Trustee & Special Events Chair


About SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia, operating in partnership with the Felician Sisters, is a 113-bed hospital acute care hospital. For six consecutive years, Healthgrades has presented SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Centralia with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award and with the Critical Care Excellence Award. In 2014, Quest by Premier Inc. recognized SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Centralia with the Citation of Merit Award for High-Value Healthcare.

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