Golf tournament proceeds support future researchers and physicians

Over the last 8 years, the Presbyterian Health Foundation has donated $140,000 in funding for scholarships to OMRF and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center—and they had fun doing it.

Hosting a golf tournament at Twin Hills Golf & Country Club has been a perennial hit with donors, said JR Caton, Vice President of Operations at PHF.

“This was the biggest turnout we’ve ever had, including adding a few new sponsors,” he said. “It’s a fun time for a great cause and we’ve built relationships with donors who come play every year.”

Proceeds from the two-man scramble tournament benefit graduate research assistants at OMRF and 4th year students at the OUHSC College of Medicine. This year, each institution received $10,000, said Caton.

“It means a lot to these kids,” he said. “We’ve even had scholarship recipients come out and talk to the golfers about how much it helps them pursue their dreams.”

For Caton, it’s good to know that no matter how high his scores go on the links, it’s still helping train Oklahoma’s next generation of physicians and researchers.

“We are truly grateful for the continued support from the Presbyterian Health Foundation’s annual golf tournament,” said Penny Voss, Vice President of Development at OMRF. “Every dollar we receive helps us bring students into our labs, where they’ll help our scientists in their quest to make new discoveries. It is the long-term support from donors like the Presbyterian Health Foundation that has helped make OMRF the leader in medical research that it is today.”