The 17th Annual Steve Winograd Memorial Diabetes Tennis Tournament will
be held at Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club Friday, July 20 through
Sunday, July 22, 2018. Founded by tennis pro Eddie Kolsky in 2001, the
tournament has raised over $530,000 to date for the St. John's Hospital
Foundation Diabetes Fund.
“I am dedicated to raising money for people with diabetes because
my lifelong friend, Steve Winograd, died from this insidious disease,”
said Eddie Kolsky. “Playing in the tournament, attending the Sunday
night dinner, or making a donation to support the St. John’s Hospital
Foundation Diabetes Fund has tremendous impact for people in our community
who live with diabetes.”
This year’s tournament is dedicated to the memory of Art Frakt and
Dean Stayner, both avid tennis players who played in the tournament for
Funds raised this year will be used to support nutrition education and
patient counseling, pay for insulin and supplies for pumps and continuous
glucose monitors, and offer financial assistance to local families to
send their children to regional diabetes camps.
“We are thrilled that we can help students in our school district
with type 1 diabetes attend Camp Hodia,” said Susi Schenk, diabetes
education nurse at St. John’s. “This highly regarded overnight
camp gives students the chance to share common experiences, meet others
with diabetes, and form meaningful friendships.”
The three-day doubles tournament concludes on Sunday at 6:00 pm with a
dinner that features remarks by guest speaker Tom Chapman, who serves
on the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
and the board of ViaCyte, a stem cell encapsulation company working to
free type 1 and 2 diabetic patients from long-term insulin dependence.
The dinner also incorporates a silent and live auction, with items including
golf and tennis lessons, guided fly-fishing trips, chef catered dinners,
local experiences, and dining gift certificates.
Teams in the tournament can be mixed, women's, men's, or parent/child.
The cost to participate is $100 per person, and $50 to play in a second
category. Breakfast throughout the weekend is provided by The Bunnery,
and Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club (JHG&T) sponsors lunch for
players and spectators. Sunday's dinner, also generously sponsored
by JHG&T, is complimentary for players and $50 for the public. Children
12 and under eat at no charge.
Tournament registration and dinner tickets are available by calling
739-7517 or online at
www.StJohnsHospitalFoundation.org/tennis2018. Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 18.
The St. John’s Medical Center diabetes education program reduces
the number of hospital admissions and helps prevent complications from
diabetes, including heart disease and blindness. For more information
about St. John's Diabetes Education services, visit www.tetonhospital.org/diabetes
or call 307.733.7222.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380, email@example.com.
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The mission of the
St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic support to advance the mission and strategic
objectives of St. John’s Medical Center, including patient-centered
care, clinical excellence, and community wellness. For more information
about the Foundation, please contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or