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Annual Research Medical Center golf tournament celebrates injury prevention program anniversary

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., (Aug. 15, 2017) - Golfers at the 28th Annual Research Medical Center Golf Classic raised $80,000 in net proceeds for ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, an injury prevention program of The Research Foundation celebrating 30 years of keeping Kansas City youth safe.

Since 1987, ThinkFirst has brought health educators and survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries to Kansas City area schools to present free, school-based assemblies. The presentations focus on making healthy and safe decisions regarding distracted driving, seatbelt usage, sports and recreation safety and water safety.

The tournament, hosted by The Research Foundation and sponsored by Research Medical Center, brought nearly 150 golfers from Research Medical Center, LabCorp and many other Kansas City companies to Milburn Country Club in Overland Park, Kansas. The golfers joined in course and putting contests, several raffles and a silent auction, all benefiting ThinkFirst. An awards dinner followed the 18-hole, four-person scramble where team prizes were awarded and the total of $80,000 raised was announced.

The funds raised at the Golf Classic will help the Foundation support ThinkFirst speakers and   secure more programs in area schools. During the 2016-2017 school year, ThinkFirst reached more than 37,000 students through 150 assemblies.

“This year’s golf classic was a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ThinkFirst. The proceeds will help build upon our 30-year legacy of educating Kansas City youth about safety,” Rose Simone, the Foundation’s director of development, said.

Email or call 816-276-4955 to host a ThinkFirst assembly at your school.