[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]O[/dropcap]n Aug. 9 The Clinic hosted its signature event, the 10th Clinic Charity Classic, to raise funds and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS). The proceeds directly support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center. The nine-hole scramble style tournament took place at the majestic Arrowhead Golf Course nestled in the foothills of Littleton. Following the tournament was an after party with music from The Motet, stand-up comedy by Jeff Blue, a silent auction, catered food, full bar and more.
Commencing in 2009, The Clinic’s Charity Classic was born out of a deep-rooted personal connection that staff of The Clinic’s employees had to MS. Master Grower, Jay Price, lost his father to the illness when he was merely 14 years old and then had another run in with it when his wife was diagnosed later on. Over the years, from friends and family to The Clinic’s patient base, Price and his fellow employees saw a need to support and raise awareness for MS. In 2010, The Clinic formed the Walk MS team that focused on raising funds for the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the MS Society. In the last decade, The Clinic has raised money for MS through various events and through in-store donations and from friends and family. As The Clinic has gained momentum as a reputable company in Colorado, so have the Charity Classic and other fundraising events.
MS is a chronic illness that affects the neurological system. Those who are suffering may have vision troubles and lose the ability to walk. They may also experience depression, dizziness and loss of basic body functions that may eventually result in loss of life. There are no exact causes of MS, but a report from Healthline states that cases of MS are higher in areas furthest from the equator. For example, the northern half of the United States has about 110 to 140 cases of MS per 100,000 people and the southern half, about 57 to 78 per 100,000.
“Many of our patients, as well as friends and family, suffer from MS, so this is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. What started as a fun, small fundraiser with family and friends has gotten bigger each year, and we are proud that our Charity Golf Classic has helped us raise and donate over $500,000 to the National MS Society and the Rocky Mountain MS Center over the past nine years,” states a small press release from The Clinic. According to the National MS Society, the funds have double almost every year, making The Clinic the largest supporter of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter in the country. Last year they raised $250,000, and that number was doubled this year.
Gina Hensrud, chief executive officer of the Rocky Mountain MS Center told CULTURE, “We’re very happy to be the beneficiary of so much support for the MS community we serve. The Clinic Charity Golf Classic is always a wonderful day, and we’re glad to see so many generous and dedicated supporters on the fairways with us.” She went on to say, “Our donor funds provide critical support to the many programs and services of the Rocky Mountain MS Center.”
“Our donor funds provide critical support to the many programs and services of the Rocky Mountain MS Center.”
Golf participants and sponsors ranged from avid golfers to cannabis companies from around Colorado. Registration fees to play in the tournament were $325 per golfer, or $1,250 per foursome. All golfers played nine holes, had access to breakfast, lunch, open bar, practice range and also included the after party. Interesting enough, each team was allowed unlimited mulligans but were asked to pay $10 for each they expected to use before the tournament began. Although sponsored by a cannabis company, consumption is strictly forbidden on the course. Non-golfers were invited to enjoy the after party and were able to purchase a ticket for $175 per person.
Over the years, The Clinic has made a name for itself in Colorado and now Illinois. The company has provided cannabis medicine to those in need and used its knowledge and financial backing to raise awareness for a notable cause. The National MS Society and the Rocky Mountain MS Center have benefited greatly from the donations raised by The Clinic.