Tobins to Host Final Tournament
Back for its silver anniversary, the Tobin Benefit Golf Classic is legendary in Maryville and the Northwest Missouri region. The St. Francis Hospital Foundation fundraiser, better known as “The Tobin”, has been hosted by Vince, Bill, and Duke Tobin along with the extended Tobin family over the years. However, 2015 will be the final year for The Tobin.
“It is with mixed emotions,” said Vince Tobin on speaking about making the 25th year the final Tobin Classic. “We want to end this on a high note, and hope more come back this year.”
The 25th Annual Benefit will be held May 21 and 22 at the Sechrest 18 of the Mozingo Lake Golf Course. Tee times will be May 21, at 1:30 pm and May 22, at 8:30 am. A special dinner to honor the Tobins and those that have been associated with the tournament over the past 25 years will be held Thursday evening at the Maryville Country Club.
This year’s tournament will also be momentous for reaching another milestone. As announced at the St. Francis Gala in February, the Foundation fundraisers (both golf and gala) will top the $1 million mark for proceeds that go directly to St. Francis Hospital for patient needs. Over the years, The Tobin alone has contributed over to $888,000 to St. Francis for medical equipment, renovations, and more.
By coincidence, the Foundation recently funded the purchase a new fluoroscopy machine for the Imaging Department. “The first three Tobin golf tournaments (1991 through1993) raised funds for the equipment replaced this past December,” explained Rita Miller, Community Relations & Development Manager. “The x-ray equipment purchased in 1993 cost $370,000 while its replacement, purchased in 2014, although at relatively the same price has advanced digital capabilities.”
This year’s tournament is raising funds for technology in the Imaging Department once again. Only this time, it’s for an ultrasound machine to replace an older second unit.
The Foundation’s Board of Directors has also indicated that a portion of this year’s proceeds will go toward supporting the Watson 9 youth course development at Mozingo. The Tobin has been held at Mozingo for at least the last 16 years and recognition of the Park’s ongoing affiliation was deemed appropriate.
“We are looking forward to this year’s silver anniversary event,” Miller said. “The Tobins have put their hearts into helping raise funds for the medical needs of Maryville and Northwest Missouri, and we hope to show them our appreciation. We cannot say enough about their commitment and generosity over these past 25 years!”
To commemorate the 25th anniversary, the Tobin Golf Committee has set this year’s early bird registration fee at only $125, a $15 discount from the previous rate. Golfers are encouraged to take advantage and get registrations in before the May 1 cutoff.
For details on how to sponsor or participate, please contact St. Francis Community Relations & Development office at (660) 562-7933.
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