The weather was hot, the action was hotter, and the auctioneer’s gavel was positively smoking at LSS’ Benevolent Care Benefit Golf Tournament Monday, July 18, as generous participants helped net more than $100,000 to support seniors.
More than 250 participating golfers teed off at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Springs, Missouri, for 18-hole adventures, bookended by a picnic lunch and a gourmet dinner. Following a projection auction, LSS Board Chairman Jim Dankenbring oversaw the oral auction which saw numerous items go for four-figure sums, including Cardinals ballpark packages and dinners at the home of LSS President John Kotovsky.
The event–the most successful in LSS’ history–supports the Benevolent Care Fund, which assists LSS residents who have outlived their ability to pay for the care they need.
For the first time, LSS hosted the annual tournament on their own after more than 20 years of partnering with Lutheran High School of St. Charles so each group could better focus on their individual constituents. Last year alone, LSS provided an estimated $4.5 million in benevolent care to residents in its communities and clients of in-home services, and the need for additional funding is expected to grow to as much as 15% in years to come.
“The event coordinators really raised the bar this year,” says Kirk Mattes, LSS’ Administrator of Stewardship. “We had tremendous support through sponsorship, auction items, and golf participation. It was a hot day, but it turned out just beautifully.”