Founders' Cup Invitational
During the 2018 Founders' Cup Golf Invitational, over $49,000 was raised
The Madison Clinic for Pediatric Diabetes, a partnership of UCSF and Salinas
Valley Memorial Healthcare System. This Clinic brings state-of-the-art pediatric diabetes care to Monterey
County, when previously, local patients had to travel to the Bay Area
for treatment and managment of their Type 1 Diabetes. We are grateful
for the support of our Founders' Cup Committee, and especially to
the golfers that braved the rain and wind to participate in this year's
event. You were truly 'golfing for good.'
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
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?