NORTH CONWAY — Celebrating 37 years of supporting community health, the Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 20, at the Wentworth Golf Course in Jackson. Proceeds from this year’s golf tournament will once again support "Let's Go," an initiative to bring health and wellness education and activities to school-aged children throughout Mount Washington Valley.
In 2016, with the support of donors, sponsors and golfers, the Let's Go program was able to expand to 12 sites around the community such as pre-schools and daycare centers, to help them work towards receiving official Let’s Go program certification. Let’s Go is an evidence based program that works to reduce childhood obesity through better nutrition, more exercise and less screen time.
President and CEO Scott McKinnon shared why community support of Let's Go is so critical: "This program and others like it are really part of our mission now. It's true that it will always be important for Memorial Hospital to take care of the sick, but we also have a responsibility to keep our community healthy. Let's Go is just one program we've launched in the last few years. We are proud to be a part of it."
Last year, the event raised over $52,000, which supported the program. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life saving equipment and supporting community health programs.
In 2016, Let's Go focused on sustainable practices to improve student health, including yoga instruction for teachers at local schools, healthy cooking classes with kids and their parents to take good nutrition knowledge from classroom to home, plus Memorial's annual Fun Run at Story Land.
According to a press release from Memorial Hospital, the results are impressive. At Let's Go sites' school, child care and after school programs, almost 2,000 students were impacted by the program. Schools and sites are limiting unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, eliminating sugary beverages and limiting recreational screen time.
The tournament has already secured its presenting sponsor, with Alvin J. Coleman & Son, Inc. taking top billing for the 2017 event. Other sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and individuals. Many sponsorship packages also include golf teams for the event. For those wishing to play in the tournament, golfers may join the event as individuals or in teams of four.
The tournament offers one exclusive afternoon flight with play limited to 128 players. Sponsors and golfers are encouraged to sign up early as the tournament sold out last year and is expected to do it again in 2017.
For more information, or to sign up for golf or sponsorship, visit the golf event page online at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/golf or call Melody Nester at (603) 356-5461 ext. 2264 for more information.
Don and Brett Newton enjoying the day at the 2016 Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament. This year's event is set for Thursday, July 20. (COURTESY PHOTO)