A Great Day of Golf for a Great Cause
By Judy Warmanen
Late summer is always Turtle Cup time for the St. Croix Casinos. This year’s Turtle Cup, held at the Cumberland Golf Course in Cumberland, Wis. on Wednesday, August 23, drew 26 teams on a day that felt more like late September than late August. A team of dedicated volunteers from the three St. Croix Casinos handled registration, the hole contests, a putting contest, a beanbag contest, raffle ticket sales and the awards dinner at the end of the day. When all was said and done, the 22nd Annual Turtle Cup had raised $5,000 for the American Diabetes Association.
On a cool day, three of the teams finished with hot scores.
Finishing first with a score of 55 was the WJMC/WAQE/FOX team.
Taking second place with a score of 59 was the Viking Coca-Cola team.
Here’s a photo of the Viking Coca-Cola team out on the course. Looks like they were having fun.
The third-place team, scoring 62, was the Sysco Foods team.
And then there was the Impressive Print team. Perennial last-place finishers, they were true to form again this year, bringing up the rear with a whopping 99. Yes. 99! Judging from the photo below, they were calling for help during their round of golf.
But the real winner for the day was the ADA. “Everyone’s family has been touched by diabetes,” said St. Croix Casinos CEO Leva “Dino” Oustigoff Jr. while addressing golfers at the post-tournament awards dinner. “Thank you to all of you who came out to golf today to support the work of the American Diabetes Association. Without all of you, the Turtle Cup wouldn’t be possible.”
Dino presented the $5,000 Turtle Cup donation to Susan Klimek of the American Diabetes Association’s Minnesota Affiliate. Susan is a longtime friend of the Turtle Cup. She and her father, Richard, have represented the ADA at every Turtle Cup since I can remember. Richard, who is 90 years old, does the driving from Minneapolis to Wisconsin and always gets Susan and himself here and back safely.. Seeing them every year is the highlight of Turtle Cup day for me and for a lot of my coworkers.
Susan thanked everyone for their role in making the Turtle Cup a success. “I’m honored to be here today and thank you for your annual support,” she said. “Currently there 29 million Americans with diabetes and another three percent of the population with pre-diabetes. It’s through your generous support that we are able fund research and healthcare programs for people with diabetes.”
Susan also makes my writing chores easier by supplying me with up-to-date information about the ADA’s programs to combat diabetes. This year she shared the following information about the ADA’s new Priorities to Defeat Diabetes. The ADA has three strategic areas of focus:
Drive Discovery. Through research, partnerships and innovation on a global scale drive discoveries to prevent, manage and ultimately cure diabetes.
Raise Voice. Intensify the urgency around the diabetes epidemic and mobilize bold action through advocacy and engagement.
Support People. Provide new, effective resources for individuals and populations living with and at risk of developing diabetes and for the health care professionals serving them, and offer those resources when, where and how they are needed.
Thank you to everyone who worked together to score a hole in one for the ADA this year. This year’s $5,000 contribution to the ADA brings the casinos’ 22-year total to more than $113,000.