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September 13, 2013

PGA president swings for a cure

Tourney raises more than $10K for Riley foundation

The goal of the game is to get the lowest score. But for participants of a tournament hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Logansport at Dykeman Park Golf Course Wednesday, their drive was to raise as much money as possible for the Riley Children’s Foundation.

With more than 70 golfers coming out on the unusually warm September afternoon, including Professional Golfers’ Association President and Logansport native Ted Bishop, the club surpassed its goal of raising $10,000 for the Indianapolis-based foundation.

There were 1,038 outpatient visits and 89 admissions and observation cases from Cass County children to the Riley Hospital for Children in 2011, according to information provided by the foundation.

“Let yourself know you’re helping children from this area,” Indiana District of Kiwanis Governor Ted Sullivan told attendees of the lunch before the tournament.

The event Wednesday was held in conjunction with the “Path to a Cure” campaign started by Kiwanis clubs across Indiana four years ago to raise $1 million for the Riley Hospital for Children/Wells Center Pediatric Diabetes Research Program in Indianapolis to develop a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Riley Children’s Foundation Gift Officer Mandy Pietrykowski expressed her thanks at the event.

“We would not exist if it wasn’t for individuals like yourself,” she said.

Before everyone hopped in their golf carts to set out on the course, Bishop was presented with a “Tee to the City” plaque from Logansport Kiwanis members.

His father, the late Jim Bishop, and grandfather, the late Bill Bishop, were both diagnosed with diabetes in their 50s, he said.

“I’ve seen the effect it can have,” he said. “I have a very thorough appreciation of what we’re trying to do here today.”

Bishop went on to recall his time in Key Club, which is supported by Kiwanis, while enrolled at Logansport High School.

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