March 16, 2018 - Celebrating a Legacy
The early founders of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital didn’t have
a lot of time for golf – they were community leaders and agricultural
giants on a mission to make an impact beyond their own industries. They
had a vision to build a hospital that would provide high quality healthcare
at a local level. The group delivered the equivalent of a hole in one.
It was 1941 when successful businessman Bruce Church called on other influential
citizens including T.R. Merrill, James J. King, Franklin Cornell and Oscar
Daley to lead more than 175 civic leaders in a major fundraising effort.
The group raised nearly $300,000 and Church himself generously donated
the land for the hospital. WWII briefly paused their effort but not their
determination. In 1947, area voters approved a measure to tax themselves
and create the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital District. In all the decades
since, that district tax has not increased.
When Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital was dedicated on March 29, 1953,
President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a letter of congratulations to Bruce
Church. In it he said the “People of Salinas Valley have every right
to be proud of this admirable example of local self-reliance and initiative,”
commenting on the fact that no state or federal funds were used.
The Founders Cup offers a unique opportunity to support the mission of
the region’s early healthcare pioneers. Who knew that playing a
round of golf could honor a legacy and build on a vision?
Golf event included: breakfast burrito, silent auction, awards, contests, cocktails and wrap-up
party, shared powered golf cart and a commemorative gift. Site this year is the
Club at Crazy Horse Canyon Ranch.
7:00 a.m. Registration opens
8:15 a.m. In the carts with your breakfast burrito
8:30 a.m. Shotgun start
1:00 p.m. No-host cocktails, lunch, awards and event conclusion
(times subject to change)
handicapped by course professional staff
Individual Awards: To be determined.
Team awards: net and gross