WAUSAU – This year’s Aspirus Women’s Golf Classic raised $80,000 to support important needs of adults and children in the community. The event was held Aug. 6 at the Wausau Country Club.
More than 250 golfers, caddies, volunteers, businesses and community members partnered with Aspirus to raise money and have fun at this 12th annual event.
“Together, we raised $80,000 to help victims of sexual assault and abuse through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and to help kids build healthy brains through the Reach Out and Read program at Aspirus Clinics,” said Kim Smerda, fund development specialist for the Aspirus Health Foundation, in an Aspirus news release.
“Each year our golfers, caddies, and sponsors amaze us with the creativity in their team and caddie costumes, cart decorations and generosity. We are so grateful for the support of our community and could not do it without them” Smerda said.
Jen Schmidt, registered nurse and SANE program coordinator, not only provides direct care to the victims of sexual assault and abuse, but she takes part in the golf event to help raise money.
“I am so thankful for the support of our community to help make the SANE Program possible, and that is why I personally participate in the event with my team members from the Emergency Department,” Schmidt said. “We see first-hand the women, children and men who are victims of sexual assault and abuse. The SANE program allows us to provide medical services, specialized forensic examinations, evidence collection and emotional support while supporting victims in any way they need. And, we know that the SANE program is making a difference in the lives of victims.”
Photo courtesy Aspirus. Pictured are emergency responders and health care professionals Nick Kuehn, back row from left, Shanna Paul, Llyn Zillich, Jennifer Doering, Jen Schmidt and Dave Senfelds; Robin Rudie, front row from left, Sarah Craig, Sarah Ganski, Rand Lynn Senfelds.