KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship Volunteers Give Back
Apr 23, 2020
More than $15,000 donated to support frontline medical professionals battling COVID-19 at Spectrum Health Lakeland
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. – The volunteer corps of the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship has donated more than $15,000 to the Spectrum Health Lakeland COVID-19 Response Fund which supports several emerging needs during the pandemic.
Rather than take a refund, more than 130 volunteers donated their uniform package fee to benefit Spectrum Health Lakeland, the Championship’s medical service partner and the region’s non-profit, community-owned health system. Spectrum Health Lakeland employs more than 4,000 professionals across three hospitals, an outpatient center, a cancer center, and 48 physician practices.
The 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, which was scheduled for May 19-24, at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was cancelled on April 2, in response to the Stay-at-Home executive order enacted on March 23 for the state of Michigan.
“Like so many others in our community, we were saddened to hear of the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship cancellation,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, president of Spectrum Health Lakeland. “However, the outpouring of support we’ve received from those who chose to donate their volunteer package fees toward Lakeland’s COVID-19 Response Fund is truly inspirational. We are all in this together and these funds will support many emerging needs during this crisis.”
The Spectrum Health Lakeland COVID-19 Response Fund was established to support a number of unexpected healthcare needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will help provide personal protection equipment (PPE) and other critical medical supplies and support clinical workers serving on the front lines.
“We are fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers who are willing to give back to their community,” said Jeff Fettig, general chairman of the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship. “This donation will have a profound positive impact on the lives of our frontline clinical medical professionals in Southwest Michigan and their safety fighting the pandemic every day. We are proud of our volunteers and the community as a whole that has come together in this time of need.”