Golf event raises $13,000 for hospice care group

June 06, 1996|By Kathleen B. Hennelly | Kathleen B. Hennelly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Nobody won the advertised $1 million at the Hospice Services of Howard County's hole-in-one contest last weekend, but $13,000 was raised for the nonprofit group based in East Columbia.

John Maybee of Ellicott City was among those who paid $1 a ball for a chance at the $1 million. One of his shots dropped straight into the hole in Saturday's semifinals, but he couldn't repeat the feat during Sunday's million-dollar final round.

"I wish I could reverse the days," said Maybee, a senior engineer at RWD Technologies Inc. and a frequent golfer. He was the only one of the 500 contestants to sink a hole-in-one during the four-day tournament.

He and five other semifinalists won such prizes as sets of golf NTC clubs, a mountain bike and a leather chair. All prizes were donated by local businesses.

The money raised will help pay for hospice care for terminally ill patients and their families, said Diane Huss, development director for Hospice Services.

"Hospice tries to help anyone with a terminal illness who feels that either they or their family need emotional support or the help of an in-home nurse," Huss said.

Nancy Webber, executive director of Hospice Services, said most insurance companies do not grant full coverage for its service.

"All of the pain medication, nurses, counselors and other costs just aren't in the insurance companies' budget," she said. "We absorb many of the extra costs that the insurance companies won't provide for. That is why it is important that we have fund-raisers. They help foot the bill."

Maybee said that before the golf contest, he wasn't familiar with the services the hospice group provides. "I certainly support and will continue to support the organization now that I know what they do," he said. "They certainly are a worthwhile organization."

Pub Date: 6/06/96

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