Popular ‘Bachelor’ highlights Women’s Healthcare Classic

The Oakwood Women’s Healthcare Classic has generated more than $5.1million and helped more than 13,000 women since it originated more than 20 years ago. The fundraiser, which supports a wide variety of Cancer-related programs throughout the Oakwood Healthcare System, returns this month and promises to be bigger—and just as pink—as ever.

“This is always a fantastic event,” said Dolores Pfeffer, a Grosse Ile resident who is co-chairing the event along with Nancy and Bob Zakar of Dearborn. “We have a lot of special things planned this year. It will be a really great event.”

Proudly presented by Drs. Harris, Birkhill, Wang, Songe & Associates, PC and Karen Colina Wilson Smithbauer, the event returns on June 10 to the Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club (GIGCC) and the Dearborn Country Club. Smithbauer, along with David Yates, MD, will serve as honorary chairs of the event, too.

The slogan this year ’21 Fore Fun,’ symbolizes the 21st year of the event, which started as the first all-women’s golf event in the state of Michigan. This year’s classic will feature lunch, 18 holes of golf, dinner and prizes. The courses will be decked out in pink—including a gigantic pink ribbon at the GIGCC—and a ‘pink glove dance’ is also planned. Judge Jennifer Coleman of the 24th District Court will preside over the golf cart decorating contest and Riverview native Bob Guiney, former star of ABC’s reality dating show, “The Bachelor,” will on hand throughout the day.

“He was thrilled to do it,” said Pfeffer. Guiney, who was voted by fans as one of the most popular participants in the show, is a regular on NBCs Today Show. He’ll be passing out long-stemmed roses, taking pictures with golfers, and taking part in other activities.

The event has raised more than $5.1 million for women’s breast cancer programs. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Janice Fitzgerald Cancer Screening Fund and the Rose Fund, which provides treatment, follow-up care and support to underinsured and uninsured patients diagnosed each year at Oakwood.

“Without these funds, Oakwood would not have the revenue to keep many of these programs going,” said Carla O’Malley, Executive Director of the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation. “We would not be able to provide some of the services to uninsured and underinsured women, and that would truly hurt our community of women. We’re able to offer the most advanced, convenient breast care screenings for diagnostic services, for rehab services and all the support that the women and their families need throughout their journey.”

There is still room for additional golfers. To get involved, contact Marti Drabing at the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation at 313.586.4924, or drabingm@oakwood.org for more information or visit oakwood.org/pink.

CUTLINE Bob Guiney was voted one of the most popular participants of the reality-based show 'The Bachelor.'