Area golfers are invited to take a swing at rising health care costs in the first ever Dr. Mary Ludwig Montgomery County Free Clinic golf scramble. The rain or shine event is set for June 19 at Rocky Ridge Golf Course, 3965 N. C.R. 625E, Crawfordsville.
Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and play begins at 9 a.m. Tickets are $85 per person which includes cart, coffee, doughnuts and lunch. There will be prizes for first, second and third best team scores.
“It is kind of a fun opportunity to get together with a team of three other people and compete in a light-hearted way and see which team can win,” said Patrick Burnette, a clinic volunteer.
The clinic at 816 Mill St. is a community organization that offers care to Montgomery County residents who do not have insurance to cover their medical costs.
The purpose of the event is to help combat increased operating costs at the clinic, due to a substantial increase in patients caused by the pandemic. Event organizers hope to raise between $10,000 to $15,000.
“Some people lost employment due to the pandemic and therefore do not have the funds to pay for medical care and so they need free clinic services,” Burnette said. “We were not directly treating COVID-19 patients. We were dealing with the economic fallout of the shutdown.”
In the past, the clinic sent mailings to solicit donations and the community has been generous. They have also held an event called Dining with the Chefs run by Dr. Richard Warner, an associate professor of history at Wabash College.
There are many sponsors for the upcoming dining event.
“It has been great and they (the Crawfordsville community) have supported it throughout the years,” Burnette said. “I mean both local businesses and individual community members are really generous. It is extraordinary.”
For more information about the golf scramble or the clinic, visit online at https://www.facebook.com/MCFreeClinic or connect with them via Facebook. Tickets can be purchased at mcfcgolfscramble.eventbrite.com.