Research Medical Center Golf Classic Raises More Than $70,000 for Foundation’s ThinkFirst Program

Annual golf classic raises fund for ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program

KANSAS CITY, Mo., (Aug. 19, 2015) – The Research Foundation’s 26th Annual Research Golf Classic was a success raising more than $70,000 in net proceeds. The Golf Classic was held on Monday, August 17th at Milburn Country Club to benefit The Research Foundation’s ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program.

The Golf Classic was chaired by Dr. Jason Eppler.

“The Research Golf Classic is a wonderful community event that supports a great program,” said Dr. Eppler. “ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City works year-round to reach children and teens and teach them how to prevent traumatic injuries.”

During the 2014-2015 school year, ThinkFirst reached more than 55,000 students in the Kansas City metro area through free, school-based assemblies.  ThinkFirst is able to provide these assemblies through grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Destination Safe Coalition, the Kansas Department of Transportation and proceeds raised through the Golf Classic.

Thirty six four person teams played in the scramble golf tournament. The event also featured lunch, a silent auction, cocktail hour and awards dinner. A dedicated planning committee and more than 30 volunteers made the Golf Classic a success.

“The Research Golf Classic supports ThinkFirst in its mission to make the greater Kansas City area safer as a whole,” said Golf Classic organizer, Rose Simone. “Thank you to all of the participants and sponsors who supported The Research Foundation through this event.”

For more information about the Research Medical Center Golf Classic or ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, call 816-276-4218 or visit

About ThinkFirst: ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, a chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation, was established in 1987 and provides free school based presentations to students in grades kindergarten through 12. Each year, 34,000 students in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area learn about the consequences of traumatic injuries from brain or spinal cord injury survivors. These sobering, yet motivational messages urge youth to take personal responsibility and make safe choices. The presentations cover a variety of topics including promoting seat belt usage, sports and recreation safety, helmet usage, motor-vehicle safety, water safety and avoiding violence.

About The Research Foundation: The Research Foundation is a not-for-profit organization in Kansas City, Mo. dedicated to strengthening the community and empowering people to live healthier, productive lives through its health education and scholarship programs. The Harmon Diabetes Center teaches self-management diabetes education to help patients control their diabetes and reduce the chance for life-threatening complications. The award-winning ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City injury prevention program educates area youth through free school-based assemblies aimed at helping young people prevent traumatic injuries and deaths. The Foundation also awards scholarships to students pursuing a nursing career. For more information, visit