Memorial Open preserves memory of Donald CampbellWritten by Emily Tucker | | email@example.com
Donald Campbell worked at Toledo Hospital for about 40 years, and he loved to golf.
Sept. 25 is the fourth annual Donald Campbell Memorial Open. Keith Ferris, a physician assistant at Toledo Hospital, said Campbell was a general surgeon, but he specialized in wound treatment. He died from gastric cancer in 2007.
“He was very busy and very well-liked by the staff,” Ferris said. “I worked with him almost every day, and we used to golf together. He sometimes took house calls and didn’t charge.”
Belinda Heywood, a physician assistant at The University of Toledo Medical Center, worked with Campbell when she was on staff at Toledo Hospital.
“Dr. Campbell was someone I worked closely with,” Heywood said. “He cared for our group of physician assistants like we were family.”
The first tournament was in 2008, and the proceeds were given to the Ohio Association of Physician’s Assistants Scholarship Fund. About 101 golfers participated in the event, and only 50 golfers were involved in 2009.
“We had 112 golfers last year, but it was cold and people complained,” Ferris said. “So, we moved it up one week and will be having it on a Sunday instead of Saturday in hopes of getting more people to come.”
The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio and the Ohio Physician Assistant’s Scholarship Fund are benefactors. Linell Weinberg, executive director of the Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, said she will give a presentation during dinner.
“We are grateful to be a benefactor this year,” Weinberg said. “We would like to be a benefactor in future years.”
The committee’s goal is to have over 200 golfers attend. Ferris said about 35 golfers signed up so far, including Heywood.
If people do not want to golf but donate money, they can become sponsors. ProMedica has given generous donations in the past, according to Ferris.
Participants and non-participants can sponsor a hole for $100. The money is added into the profit sent to beneficiaries.
“The last two years we donated part of the money we raised to Make-A-Wish,” Heywood said. “We chose certain benefactors because Donald helped out those places.”
Shotgun start is 1 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m. The open is at the Spuyten Duyval Golf Course in Sylvania.
To participate in the open and have dinner, tickets are $75. Students only pay $65, and dinner-only tickets are $20.
Register online at http://associationdatabase.com/aws/OAPA/pt/sd/calendar/17311/_PARENT/layout_details/false. Checks can also be sent in the mail, and the address is on the website.