33rd Annual Golf & Taste Celebration Raises More Than $1 Million

Golfers, bridge players, employees, volunteers, community members and guests came together to raise funds at Ridgeview Foundation’s 33rd annual Golf & Taste Celebration. More than 750 people attended the event June 18 at Island View Golf Course in Waconia.

Since the first Golf & Taste Celebration in 1986, more than $12 million has been raised to expand the technology and services available to  communities served by Ridgeview. As Ridgeview Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event, this year’s celebration raised more than $1 million, marking the eighth consecutive year to reach that significant milestone.

“We are thankful for the continued generosity of our sponsors and the Ridgeview community for making this event successful year after year,” said event chairperson, Dave Philp. “To see so many people come out and support the crucial role Ridgeview plays in our community is truly amazing.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will advance the Lifeline for a Lifetime campaign, which includes the upcoming renovation and expansion of the Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center on Ridgeview’s Waconia Campus, slated to begin this fall.

Event Included Something for Everyone

Despite a rainy start, the weather cleared up for the day-long celebration which included a morning round of golf with a new coffee cup shotgun, a “Grip It & Rip It” board, a bridge tournament followed by the founder’s cup afternoon golf.

The evening events included the Taste of Ridgeview Region, featuring beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the area’s finest restaurants. Fox 9 Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard served as the emcee for the evening program, which included silent and live auctions, music by Dr. Kevin White and 73 Paces and recognition of major sponsors.

“Ridgeview relies on philanthropic, compassionate people to support our mission,” said Michael Phelps, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center. “We are extremely thankful for the ongoing generosity of our Golf & Taste participants and their commitment to helping Ridgeview continue to deliver the best health care in the southwest corridor.”