Banner Children’s Charity Golf Classic

More than 300 players on two courses at the Wildfire Golf Club at J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge participated in a day for children April 7. With the foothills as a backdrop, golfers enjoyed sportsmanship, networking and great food while playing to support Banner Children’s Hospital patients throughout Arizona.

Beginning with a VIP golf clinic hosted by LPGA Class A teaching pro and Legends Tour player Lori Atsedes, the Golf Classic featured unique extras – a concept store with merchandise and swag for the serious golf fan, a “shamble” format, Big Break-style challenge holes, and a private plane jetting to Las Vegas for the winners.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit Banner Children’s Hospital school programs at Cardon Children’s Medical Center (Mesa), Banner Thunderbird Medical Center (Glendale) and Diamond Children’s Medical Center (Tucson). Representing the hospital school program, 14-year-old Mia McPoland – a Cardon Children’s patient – played a big role throughout the day as the event’s junior hostess. Meanwhile, Mix 96.9 FM radio show host Mathew Blades served as host. The title sponsor was Arizona Medical Network.

Established in 2001, Banner Health Foundation secures and stewards charitable contributions to advance Banner Health’s nonprofit mission to make a difference in people’s lives through excellent patient care. Contributions are invested locally to support patient care programs and services operated by Banner’s many hospitals and health care facilities across Arizona.


Roger Maxwell, Pam Nenaber, Dave Zowine and Brett Costello

Former NHL player Tyson Nash, funior emcee Mia McPoland and emcee Mathew Blades of Mix 96.9

Mark Beal, Joel Wage, Bryan Adams and Dan Puente

Junior emcee Mia McPoland and golf planning committee members Tyson Nash, Matt Shock, Hamilton Espinosa, Mathew Blades and John Steltzer

Mahesh Kharkar, Dan Lemon, Tim Blanchard and Mark Sklar

Matthew Cox, Laura Robertson and Pam Nenabor

The foursome representing sponsor W.D. Manor, Pete DeWitt, Matt DeWitt, Chris DeWitt and Don Petty, celebrating winning the tournament’s grand prize of an eight-hour private jet trip to Las Vegas


About Perrine Adams

Perrine Adams is the Managing Editor of The Red Book and Lifestyle Editor for Frontdoors Magazine.

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