Annual Golf & Taste Celebration raises more than $1 million

WACONIA, Minn. (July 10, 2012)—More than $1 million was raised at Ridgeview Foundation’s 27th Annual Golf & Taste Celebration, held June 25 at Island View Golf Club in Waconia.

Nearly 1,000 people attended the annual Golf & Taste event, which included golf, bridge and bunco tournaments, the Taste of the Ridgeview Region, a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions, and more. There were 175 volunteers who worked collaboratively to organize and raise funds for the event.
“Each year we are humbled by the unbelievable participation in the Golf and Taste Celebration,” said Doug Stasek, vice president of Corporate Communications & Philanthropy, Ridgeview Medical Center. “It is amazing to see so many people, from so many different communities throughout the Twin Cities, gathered together to support Ridgeview Medical Center. Ridgeview is very fortunate to have so many friends who care about health care in this region.”

Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to support Ridgeview’s Innovation for Generations campaign—through which funds are being raised to further enhance the care and comfort of patients, from the very young to the very old. By blending the most advanced technologies with Ridgeview’s legacy of compassion, this effort will create care environments designed to meet the changing needs of tomorrow’s patients today. Some of the technological advances will include a new patient-nurse communication system, enhanced cancer care and older adult care services, and renovated patient-centered areas in the hospital’s 1963 addition.

The Wasie Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation headquartered in Wayzata, made a matching gift of $100,000. The Wasie Foundation provides grants to publicly supported charities focused on health care and education.

Lakeview Clinic, Ltd. and Mount Development were the Mega Sponsors of the 27th Annual Golf & Taste Celebration. Additional sponsors included: Legendary Sponsors – Leo A. Daly and Wigen Water Technologies; Elite Sponsor – Mortenson Construction; Master Sponsors – Aurora Investments; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Beniek Property Services, Inc.; The Goodman Group; Lockton Companies, LLC; Lola’s Lakehouse; Medallion Cabinetry–an Elkay Company; and QualiTech.

About Ridgeview Foundation and Ridgeview Medical Center

Ridgeview Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds relationships to support Ridgeview Medical Center’s mission to make a positive difference in the quality of life and health for the west-suburban communities served. A volunteer Board of Directors, whose members represent communities throughout Ridgeview’s service region, guides it. For more information about the Foundation, visit

Ridgeview is an independent, regional health care network serving the west-metro area. Its award-winning network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, numerous primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, specialty programs and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska. For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center and its clinics, visit

About the Wasie Foundation

The Wasie Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation formed in 1966 by Polish immigrant and transportation industry pioneer, Stanley Wasie, and his wife, Marie. The Foundation was created to provide a lasting legacy for the family's philanthropic efforts and interests. Grants are provided to agencies providing services for people with cancer, arthritis, or with schizophrenia, and agencies serving infants and children that are medically fragile, chronically or terminally ill, or severely disabled. The Wasie Foundation also supports scholarship programs for Polish students at select colleges and universities in Minnesota. The Wasie Foundation is headquartered in Wayzata, Minn., and focuses funding primarily in the geographic areas of the Twin Cities and Broward County in Florida.