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Recap of the 2017 Building Hope Women's Golf Tournament

20 Years of Building Hope

On Monday, June 19, 2017 Trinity Health Foundation held its 20th Annual Building Hope Women’s Golf Tournament to support the CancerCare Center patients. 144 golfers registered to participate in the event held at the Souris Valley Golf Course. The tournament had a fantastic finish as two teams tied for first place after completing all 18 holes. Those two teams then competed in a dramatic putt off to determine this year’s champion. Following dinner, catered by Paradiso Mexican Restaurant, the golfers were treated by a keynote address from Laura Mihalick, a cancer survivor. The full text of Laura’s speech is included below. Dinner was followed by the awarding of both individual and team prizes for the event, as well as the drawing for the raffle items.

Individual Prizes were awarded for:
• Longest Drive – Kayla Palczewski
• Closest to the Pin – Jade Teske
• Longest Putt – Shelby Wunderlich
• Chip or Get Off the Pot – Heather Allard-Kotaska and Heather Sys
• Happy Gilmore Putting Contest – Lori Hanson
• Special Chipping Recognition – Bonnie Logelin-Meier

Team Prizes were awarded for:
• First Place – US Bank: Clarissa Westby, Amy Brunner, Courtenay Corpe, and Jade Teske
• Second Place – First Western Insurance: Brenda Foster, Danielle Foster, Dawn Ystaas, and Kayla Palczewski
• Third Place – Michelle Lux, Nancy Lebsock, Gayle Arnson, and Bonnie Logelin-Meier
• Last Place – First International Bank and Trust: Amanda Geinert, Carissa Visocsky, Karen Engle, and Jessi Hoffer
• Cart Decorating Contest – Dee Dee Kraft, Amber Kraft, Michelle Warren, and LeAnn Grondahl
• Find the MIDCO Flags – Rockstar Real Estate – DelRae Geinert, Renata Buen, Elly DesLauriers, and Kristi Streyle

The raffle prizes were won by the following individuals:
• 3 Year Wildwood Country Club Membership – Bruce Andersen
• 1 Year YMCA Family Membership – Rich Galster
• 4 Disney World 1 Day Park Hopper Passes – Aimee Clemens
• Medora Vacation Package – Shawn Smothers
• 4 Bears Stay & Play Packages – Carol Mohagen
• 4 Minnesota Vikings Preseason Tickets – Gloria Berg
• Aussie Outdoor Living Electric Grill – Dolly Gowan
• Pandora Earrings – Pat Buresh
• FitBit Blaze – Carol Mohagen
• Autographed UND Hockey Jersey – Sondra Hahn

Trinity Health Foundation would like to thank and recognize the following sponsors of the Building Hope Women’s Golf Tournament:


Paradiso Mexican Restaurant


Town & Country Center

Edward Jones – Mark Kohlman
UND School of Medicine
Vaaler Insurance/HCIS & Covery’s

First International Bank & Trust
First Western Insurance
Jerry’s Repair & Alignment
North Dakota Envelope Company

Minot Daily News
Ritter Family Dentistry
Stonebridge Farms of Minot

Team Sponsors - $500
Brady, Martz, & Associates, P.C.
Bremer Bank
CHS SunPrairie
Dr. Earl Scott
Howard & Associates, P.C.
North Prairie Rural Water District
Northstar CriticAir
PNK Transport LLC
Rockstar Real Estate
Town & Country Credit Union
United Community Bank of ND
US Bank

Trinity Health Foundation would like to thank and recognize the following companies who supported the event through financial donations:

Blue Cross Blue Shield - Noridian
Cleverley & Associates
Norsk Hostfest Association
Pringle & Herigstad, P.C.
PROCollect Services

Trinity Health Foundation would like to thank and recognize the following individuals and companies for donating the raffle items and door prizes:

4 Bears Casino & Lodge
Badlands Restaurant & Bar
Bella Nails
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cash Wise Liquors
Dakota Square Tesoro
Don Bessette Motors
Gourmet Chef
HighAir Ground Trampoline Park
Knowles Jewelry
Magic City Harley-Davidson
Mall of America
Marco’s Pizza
Minot Family YMCA
Minot State University
North Dakota State Fair
Oak Park Theater
Off the Vine
Papa John’s Pizza
Preferred Restaurant Group Inc.
Ruby Tuesday
Sammy’s Pizza & Restaurant
Shoe Carnival
Sleep Inn & Suites – Grand Forks
Swanston Equipment Corporation
Synergy Medical Massage & Reflexology
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
Total Nutrition
UND School of Medicine
Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
Verendrye Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Visit Minot
Walt Disney World

The total income generated by the Building Hope Women’s Golf Tournament was $41,850.50. All proceeds from the event will be used to assist CancerCare patients. Many patients will benefit from this event as lives will be saved, people will be healed and families will have hope.

The Trinity Health Foundation appreciates everyone who participated in and supported this event, especially MIDCO, for the time, effort and energy their staff members contributed to help make the event such a success. MIDCO also provided the beer carts, sandwiches and snacks, and the beer tent for the event.

We thank Steve and all of the staff at Souris Valley Golf Course for their efforts to make this event a success.

We thank the Celebrity Golfers for their contribution to the event – Brent Mattson, Ray Cook, Dave Buen, and Marty Murray. We also wish to thank Marty Murray and Custom Quality Builders for donating supplies for the special games.

We would also like to recognize Broadway Bean and Bagel and Classic Rock Coffee for supplying the bagels and coffee, respectively, as well as Flower Box for assisting us with beautiful arrangements for us.

We also wish to thank Rhonda Johnson, Simonne Paul, Shawn Smothers, Shane Jordan, RaNelle O’Keeffe, Jeff Beck, Jami DeCent, and Wynda and Vicky Evon who volunteered during the event.

All photography for the event was by Pete Ladendorf.

Keynote Address – "Thankful for Trinity CancerCare Center", by Laura Mihalick

If I would have been told 2 years ago, June 2015, I would be invited to speak at this event, on behalf of Trinity CancerCare Center, as a cancer survivor, I would have hoped that prediction was wrong. But, fast forward 2 years, June 2017, and here I am, speaking at a Fundraiser for Trinity CancerCare Center as a cancer survivor!

My journey with Trinity CancerCare Center started, after my yearly mammogram in August of 2015. Because of dense breast tissue and a history of fibroids I opted to have the 3D Mammogram that Trinity Health had started offering that month. As a result of 3D Mammography, an abnormality in my right breast was detected. An ultrasound was ordered. The abnormality turned out to be a tumor, which was so deep it would never have been detected if not for 3D Mammography. The result of the ultrasound appointment led to a biopsy. My biopsy, led to the diagnosis of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I was one of the first breast cancer diagnoses as a result of a 3D Mammogram. After a Lumpectomy and Sentinel Node Biopsy, I was thrilled to learn that my cancer was only Stage 1C and that there was no sign of cancer in my lymph nodes. Thank the Lord for Trinity Health and 3D Mammography!

After the healing process of surgery was complete, I had my first visit to Trinity CancerCare Center. I can't count the times I have driven by Trinity CancerCare Center and prayed that no one in my family would have to be a patient there. But here we, my husband Tim and I, were. We had made the decision the day of diagnosis, that because of the strides Trinity Health has made with its Cancer Center and because of its affiliation with the Mayo Clinic, if possible, we would stay in our hometown for surgery and treatment, where we have the support of our family and friends.

I can honestly say, from the time we walked in for our first appt. with Dr. Pat, to determine my course of treatment, which was radiation, to meeting with Dr. Grant and his team to determine how many radiation treatments I would have, which was 35, I felt I was truly in the right place. From the making of my radiation "cradle", to getting my "tattoos", to meeting the AWESOME Radiation Techs, to my final radiation treatment, my experience at Trinity CancerCare Center was better than I could have ever expected. Like I said before, I prayed MANY times that no one in my family would ever have to be a patient at Trinity CancerCare Center, but I have told many people, that my "Radiation time" was my "prayer time". I often thanked our Lord that it was ME going through this journey, rather than a family member.

I came to realize, while waiting for my doctors’ appointments or treatment appointments, that I needed to be a part of Trinity CancerCare Center in some way. I shared that thought with Dr. Grant and Rachel Gruenberg, FNP, at one of my appointments. Low and behold, at one of my next appointments, Carol Mohagen, Trinity CancerCare Social Worker, came in and we talked about different volunteer needs, and the one that was "meant to be,” for me, was working with the Look Good Feel Better Program.

The Look Good Feel Better program was founded and developed in 1989 by the Personal Care Products Council in cooperation with the American Cancer Society and the Professional Beauty Association. Look Good Feel Better is free, non-medical, and salon and product neutral. Volunteers and program participants do not promote any cosmetic product line or manufacturer. The patients who participate in the program receive:
• A detailed description and demonstration of a 12-step skin care and makeup program
• Instruction on options relating to hair loss, including wigs, turbans, and scarves,
• Nail care
• Helpful suggestions on clothing and ways to use flattering colors and shapes, as well as ways to camouflage areas of concern during cancer treatment.

I truly enjoy being able to give back to Trinity CancerCare Center, through this program.

How fortunate we are to have this wonderful facility right here in our community. YOU, taking part in this fundraising event, are what help make Trinity CancerCare Center a leading Cancer Care/ Treatment Center in our region! THANK YOU!!!!

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