Sept. 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 14th annual University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (MU SSON) “Fund the Drive for Nurses” golf tournament had its best tournament ever. About 100 people attending the tournament hit the golf course at the Country Club of Missouri trying to be the team to beat. The turnout had many excited about what this might mean for the school.
“I remember back when this tournament first started years ago and it has grown. It encourages me that more people are beginning to understand the importance of the school of nursing,” one of the event’s sponsor Gary Evans said.
Evans said the one thing he wants everyone to take out of the tournament is the importance of nurses. He believes that exact sentiment is starting to pay dividends.
The tournament saw some of the highest donation amounts to date. The tournament brought in more than $20,000 to the school. Throughout the years, the tournament has garnered about $210,000. All the money goes back towards the education of students in the form of scholarships. So far, 135 students have benefited from the money. With the continued support of donors, the number of students able to benefit will only grow.
Some believe helping future nurses get through school should be at the top of the priority list.
“There’s a shortage of nurses in the country so it’s important an organization like the University of Missouri follow through with training education of quality nurses,” Mayor of Columbia Bob McDavid said.
McDavid said the nursing school is a gem for the city. He wanted everyone to know that it’s not only the university that’s proud of the school, but also the city.
Event sponsors, like Evans, say seeing everyone having a great time is an encouraging sign.
“We should have a larger school of nursing in the state of Missouri because we have to turn down so many qualified young people simply because we don’t have the room,” Evans said.
The MU SSON would like to thank all sponsors involved in making the tournament happen. The sponsors include:
Mpix and Miller’s Professional Imaging
Gary Evans/Larry Gross
Boone County National Bank
Boone Hospital Center
Jack & Donna Smith
MU School of Health Professions
University of Missouri Health Care
Larry & Annette Lueckenotte
Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching
Midwest Health Consultants
Dave Sinclair Ford Lincoln
Rex & Jeanne Sinquefield
Peachtree Banquet & Catering
Judith Fitzgerald Miller
Tiger Family Chiropractic
Columbia Daily Tribune
N.H. Scheppers Distribution
Missouri Cotton Exchange