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Hosted Events Raising Over $112,000


2016 Thompson Health Golf Classic2nd Annual Thompson Health Golf Classic

Thompson Health Golf Classic is a Success

Held on June 6 at Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Victor, the Second Annual Thompson Health Golf Classic netted nearly $60,000.

The money raised will assist with the purchase of a new CT scanner for the Diagnostic Imaging Department.  This state-of-the-art equipment helps with diagnosing injuries and disorders, and it is the most efficient way to diagnose a stroke.

Dale Hunt, Chairman of the F.F. Thompson Foundation, Inc., said, “This is the second year for this event and I am extremely proud of the committee who worked hard to deliver such a premier event.  We had great food, fabulous tee gifts and prizes, the course was in excellent condition – and the sun was shining all day.  I also want to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Key Bank, for their dedication to the mission of Thompson Health."

Sunshine and warmth are already ordered for the Third Annual Thompson Health Golf Classic, scheduled for June 5, 2017.

To read more about the tournament and see this year's photos click here>>

13th Annual Ladies Pink Fly Golf Classic

13th Annual Pink Fly Golf Classic
The Pink Fly Fairies Flutter About Victor Hills Golf Course for a Good Cause


On Saturday, June 4, over 150 Pink Fly Ladies converged at Victor Hills Golf Course to raise money for the Breast Health Patient Navigation Program at UR Medicine’s Thompson Health.  This program provides support and service coordination for those diagnosed with breast cancer.

Tournament organizer Nancy Alexander said, “This tournament is a success because of the passion and dedication of the Pink Fly women who want to help those with breast cancer. Many are breast cancer survivors themselves.”

This event, created by ladies with a drive to combine golf, fun and friends, raised over $15,000 this year and has raised more than $80,000 since its beginning in 2003.

Mark your calendars. The Pink Fly Fairies have reserved June 3, 2017 for the next tournament.

Learn more about the Pink Fly Ladies and Fairies and look through this year's photos >>


11th Annual Margery Coughlin Pawluk Invitational Golf Tournament

Margery Coughlin Pawluk Invitational Golf Tournament

Margery Coughlin Pawluk Invitational Delivers

Over $9,000 was raised for the Margery Coughlin Pawluk Cancer Patient Needs Fund on June 13 at the Reservoir Creek Golf Club in Naples. The fund assists Sands Cancer Center patients with the unexpected costs of a cancer diagnosis and covers items like groceries, gas, or specialized medical needs.

Tom Pawluk founded the golf tournament after his wife, Margery, lost her battle with cancer.  He knew first-hand the challenges families face when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. To date, the Margery Coughlin Pawluk Invitational has raised over $95,000. Tom credits the success to just the right mix of fun and fundraiser.

The Pawluk Invitational Golf Tournament is on the books for June 9, 2017.

To read more about the tournament and view this year's photo gallery, click here>>
19th Annual Yarger Memorial Golf Scramble is Above Par

19th Annual Yarger Memorial Golf Scramble
Yarger Memorial Golf Scramble Scores Above Par

The 19th Annual Yarger Memorial Golf Scramble, held on Saturday, June 11, at Victor Hills Golf Course, drew 128 golfers and raised $12,000 for the programs at the Fralick Cardiac Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, located on the first floor of UR Medicine’s Thompson Hospital.

The tournament is held in memory of the members of the Kay and Yarger families who have suffered from cardiac illness.  The 20th and final Annual Yarger Memorial Golf Scramble is scheduled for June 10, 2017, when organizers plan on hitting their cumulative fundraising goal of $200,000.

Read more about the tournament and view this year's photo gallery >>

Tour de Thompson 2016

14th Annual Tour de Thompson
Cycling the Finger Lakes Secures Rewards for Thompson
The annual Tour de Thompson bicycle ride was held Saturday, July 30 and was, once again, a draw for those who want a scenic and challenging ride. Tour de Thompson offered three options – a 15-mile route, a 31-mile route and a 62.5-mile all of them featuring the beautiful Bristol hills.

The tour started and ended at Onanda Park on the west shore of Canandaigua Lake. The close of the race included participants and their families enjoying a picnic lunch, swimming, leg massages and all the amenities the park has to offer.

The race earned over $3,000, and to date has raised approximately $39,000 to help Rehabilitation Services patients at UR Medicine’s Thompson Health maintain their independence at home and in the community.

Learn more about the Tour de Thompson and view this year's photo gallery>>


Cruisin' for a Cause 2016

Cruising for a Cause
Classic Cruisers Help Raise Funds

The Dresden Fire Department and the Central New York Classic Cruisers Car Club partnered to host a car show on Saturday, June 18 in the town of Dresden to benefit the Wilmot Cancer Institute's Sands Cancer Center at Thompson Health and the Dresden Fire Department. “Anything with wheels” – cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire trucks and more – was represented at the show.

Bill Hall, co-organizer and Village of Dresden Mayor said, “We had a good turnout. Everything went off without a hitch. We are especially grateful for the generous donations of those who came to the show. We consider this event to have been a great success.”

$500 was raised to help Sands Cancer Center patients at Thompson Health with the unexpected costs of a long illness, providing for necessities including groceries, gas cards, utility bills, and specialized medical needs.

Click here to learn more about the Crusin' for a Cause Classic Car Cruise-In
Photo credit: Henries Photography


20th Annual Rose Walk
20th Annual Rose Walk
20 Years of Giving From the Heart
The annual Rose Walk was held June 18 at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, and raised more than $16,500 to benefit the Fralick Cardiac Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at UR Medicine’s Thompson Hospital. In the 20-year history of the Rose Walk, more than $250,000 has been raised to provide access to cardiac rehab programs for local heart disease survivors.

The event included community members of all ages gathering to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rose Walk. Participants walked through the beautiful gardens of Sonnenberg, sampled heart-healthy snacks from Wegmans Nature’s Marketplace, Soul Juicin, and the New York Wine & Culinary Center and played in the kids’ tent that included games, face painting, and balloon animals. And there was CAKE (a healthy portion size, of course) to celebrate 20 Years of the Rose Walk.

Read more about the Rose Walk and the Fraclik Cardiac Rehab and Fitness Center and view this year's photos>>
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