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Annual Golf & Taste Celebration

September 14, 2020

Join us for our 35th annual Golf & Taste Celebration event on Monday, September 14, 2020.

In times of great uncertainty, we can find comfort by gathering together for a cause. Due to COVID-19, our Golf & Taste Celebration looks a little different this year. We’re following the safety guidelines set forth by the Minnesota Golf Association and the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure a safe event. Rest assured, our 35th annual celebration will be the same high-caliber experience you’ve enjoyed each year.

View our brochure below:

Here’s what you can expect:

Morning and Afternoon Golf: We’ll have individual carts for every golfer and social distancing will be enforced.
Event Memorabilia: Each golfer will receive event apparel and special gifts.
Food and Drinks: Golfers will feast on delicious food and drinks on the course throughout the day. To adhere to safety guidelines, food and
beverages will comply with safety procedures and will be served, rather than self-serve.
Prizes: For 34 years, we’ve honored our top golfers with special prizes and recognition. This year is no different.
No Taste of the Ridgeview Region: Unfortunately, there’s no way to maintain social distancing at our popular Taste of the Ridgeview Region
event. Instead of gathering under the big tent, we’re shifting our celebration to a virtual silent auction. We hope you’ll join us online this year, and we look forward to seeing you under the big tent again in 2021.

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Since February, our health care teams have been working tirelessly to address the community’s needs in the midst of a global pandemic. Revenues are down and, as a result, we’ve reduced staff hours, furloughed staff members and eliminated jobs. Ridgeview Foundation’s contribution to hospital operations has never been more important, which is why proceeds from the 35th Annual Golf & Taste Celebration
will benefit Ridgeview’s COVID-19 efforts.

Silent Auction Donations

At Ridgeview Foundation, we pride ourselves on offering premier auction items at many
events throughout the year. Please consider helping us raise money in this fun way and
donating your items.

As a donor, you’ll enjoy recognition in our many print and electronic publications,
including special event materials. Plus, we’re active on social media and our donors are
regularly recognized on our social media platforms.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Ridgeview’s Golf & Taste Celebration. They devote their time, talent and passion helping to run a variety of aspects throughout the event. Many volunteers find great personal benefit being part of a successful fundraising team.

Are you looking for a fun way to give your time, talent or passion to benefit our community? If so, sign up today!

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2019 Golf & Taste Celebration Recap

On June 24, more than 750 community members attended the 34th annual Ridgeview Foundation Golf & Taste Celebration at Island View Golf Club in Waconia. The event raised more than $1.125 million for Ridgeview Medical Center, marking the ninth consecutive year supporters have reached this significant milestone.

“I am so proud of our generous donors and our outstanding volunteers and staff for making this event such a huge success year after year,” said Dave Philip, event chairperson. “Their ongoing support is truly a testament of the trust and faith the greater community has in Ridgeview.”

As one of the most successful charity golf events in the upper Midwest, the Ridgeview Foundation Golf & Taste Celebration has raised more than $13.5 million since 1986. Proceeds have helped fund some of the most critical programs and services at Ridgeview Medical Center. These additions include birthing suites and equipment, the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Ridgeview, and the new Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center.

Funds raised from this year’s event will continue to support the Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center through the purchase of three new ambulances and the completion of a second stabilization/trauma room.

“There have been advancements in technology and equipment in emergency care and ambulance services,” said Ben Nielson, COO, Ridgeview Medical Center. “It’s critical we invest in these resources to continue to save lives every day.”

A few midday rain showers couldn’t dampen the spirits of the volunteers, sponsors and participants who came to show their support of Ridgeview.

The celebration kicked off in the morning with a Coffee Cup tournament for the participating golfers. After that, a Founder’s Cup tournament filled the afternoon. Participants enjoyed food, beverages and fun contests throughout the course.

Meanwhile, the annual bridge tournament took place at The Winery at Sovereign Estates. Players enjoyed a lunch and special raffle.

The evening drew in more than 500 supporters for the Taste of Ridgeview Region—a celebration featuring food and beverages from a variety of local restaurants and establishments and live music from local musicians. Fox 9’s chief meteorologist Ian Leonard returned to serve as the emcee for the program, leading silent and live auctions and recognizing major sponsors.

Event participants also had an opportunity to pick from more than 350 pulls on the “Grip It & Rip It” board, which totaled $40,000 in prizes. They could also “Buy a Brick,” which will be permanently featured on the donor wall at the Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center.

“The community continually shows their dedication to Ridgeview, and we sincerely appreciate the efforts of everyone here today,” said Michael Phelps, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center. “Our supporters value the significant services Ridgeview provides in the community, and with their help we will continue to deliver the highest-quality medical care to our patients.”

Thank you to all who joined us for this special event. Please plan to attend the 35th annual celebration on June 22, 2020.

2019 Event Photos

Thank you to our 2020 Corporate Sponsors!

Premier Sponsors

Photo of Anesthesia Associates Logo Photo of Lockton's Logo
North Central Vehicles Logo Photo of Ridgeview Medical Staff Logo

Chairman Sponsors

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President Sponsors

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Executive Sponsors

Photo of Eden Trace's Logo Photo of The Partners Group logo Photo of Wigen Logo

Leadership Sponsors

Photo of Allina Logo Photo of Aurora's logo Photo of Beniek Logo
Photo of Charter Bank logo Photo of Clifton Larson Allen logo Photo of CorTrust Bank logo
Photo of EMPAC Logo Photo of Knutson Logo

Photo of Lakeview Logo

Photo of Lola's Lake House Logo Photo of Medica Logo
Photo of Melchert, Hubert, Sjodin Attorneys at Law logo
Photo of Old National Logo
Photo of Security Bank's Logo Photo of Twin Cities Orthopedics Logo
Photo of Western OBGYN Logo

Associate Sponsors

Photo of Consulting Radiologists Logo Photo of EPS's Logo

Photo of Meristem Family Wealth Logo
Photo of Minnesota Oncology Logo Photo of OBGYN West's Logo Photo of Prevost Partners Logo
Photo of Promotion Select Logo

Stakeholder Sponsors

Photo of GPPD LogoPhoto of SDQ logo

Affiliate Sponsors

Photo of HCMC logo Photo of Marco's logo Photo of Rassman Media Group Logo
Photo of South Lake Peds Logo Photo of Thrivent logo Photo of Wells Fargo logo