Women’s Healthcare Classic returns to Grosse Ile

When Jan Fitzgerald and 24 of her friends decided to put on a golf outing to generate funds to support breast cancer programs nearly two decades ago, she said she hoped to raise $10,000 to provide transportation for women to chemotherapy treatments.

The Women's Healthcare Classic (WHC) shattered expectations in its first year and has grown ever since, generating millions to support breast cancer patients and breast cancer programs throughout the Oakwood community. The pink-themed fundraiser returns this year to the Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club (GIGCC). The June 10 event is chaired by Dolores Pfeffer of Grosse Ile and Nancy and Bob Zakar of Dearborn. Major sponsors include Harris, Birkhill, Wang, Song and Associates, PC, and Karen Colina Wilson Smithbauer of Grosse Ile. Smithbauer, a breast cancer survivor, has endowed a breast cancer treatment center at the Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton.

The slogan of the WHC this year is “21 FORE FUN” to celebrate the 21st year for event, which has generated more than $5.1 million for women’s breast cancer programs. The funds have provided transportation for women in the Oakwood community who are going through chemotherapy and radiation treatment, as well as free mammograms, counseling, wigs for cancer patients and more.

Along with lunch, dinner, prizes and 18 holes of golf, there is an added attraction for the all-female event. Bob Guiney, a former Riverview resident and a regular on the 'Hoda and Kathy Lee' show on NBC, will make an appearance. Guiney was recently voted the most popular bachelor to appear on the ABC reality show 'The Bachelor.' There may even be a rose in the future for the lady golfers, committee members said. 

While the women are teeing off on the island, Oakwood’s Friends of the Women’s Healthcare Classic will take place at the Dearborn Country Club. The male counterparts have been invited to meet up for dinner and silent and live auctions at GIGCC.

Proceeds this year will again be directed to Oakwood cancer programs as well as The Rose Fund, which ensures treatment, follow-up care and support to underinsured and uninsured patients diagnosed each year at Oakwood.

For information regarding sponsorships or information on playing in the event, please contact Marti Drabing at the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation, 313-586-4824 or drabingm@oakwood.org. You can also visit: oakwood.org/pink

CUTLINE: The “21 Fore Fun” committee members include ( front row, from left): Beth Dixon, Tammy Mckelvey, Becky Kaplar, Marianne Malone, Leslie Zancanaro, Marti Drabling, Dolores Pfeffer, Pat Andrews, Jan Fitzgerald, Jennifer Martenson and Stacee Laske. Back row, from left: Karen Mazo, Andrea Papp, Mary Compeau, Sherri Corso, Denise Guffey, Collene Pellegrino and Lisa Kaiser. (Photo courtesy of Anna Fedora).