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Let’s Tee Off Against Breast Cancer still raising money

June 30, 2020 by Brett LaBore

Many events in the Northwoods have been canceled due to COVID-19. But there are still ways to contribute and still causes to be helped even with those cancellations.

The Let’s Tee Off Against Breast Cancer event was canceled on June 13. It was not an easy decision to make according to chairman Karen Lewis.

“It was awful. My whole committee — none of us felt it would be safe to run it this year,” she said. “144 ladies on the golf course. No way you can social distance.”

The decision, as many have, ultimately came down to the health of everyone involved.

“How do you have that many people and feed them afterwards,” Lewis said. “For the safety of all our ladies we’ll cancel it and do it next year.”

Let’s Tee Off Against Breast Cancer is an annual event held at Trout Lake Golf Club participated by the Trout Lake ladies golf league.

“The ladies love the event cause it’s a fundraising event, but it’s a lot of fun,” Lewis said. 

One of the things they do is put together “We Care” totes.

“We raise money for these ‘We Care’ totes,” Lewis said. “There’s a $50 Kwik Trip gift card, a blanket, chapstick, an adult coloring book. It’s worth $150 when we’re done filling it.” 

They especially want to thank the event sponsors Marthaler GM and IncredibleBank plus hole sponsors: State Farm Insurance, Nimsgern Funeral, Lac du Flambeau Lions and Boulder Junction Lioness since with their support they will be able to continue their project of “We Care” totes.

“By them donating we’ll be able to continue our ‘We Care’ totes program,” Lewis said. “It’s amazing. A lot of people have cared about our ‘We Care’ totes and it’s growing.”

There is also a way for people to contribute themselves.

“If somebody wants to contribute, send a check to the Howard Young Medical Center, P.O. Box 470 Woodruff 54568,” Lewis said. 

Those totes are given to first time breast cancer patients in the Northwoods at Marshfield Clinic, Minocqua and James Beck Cancer Center in Rhinelander.

“The surveys of ladies who have received them are overwhelmed,” Lewis said. “It’s been amazing.”

When the event is held, it’s a bunch of fun for everyone with raffles, food and more.

“We have a really good time, the ladies dress up,” Lewis said. “Lots and lots of fun things going on at this event. We make a lot of money, but we have a lot of fun.”

Next year’s event will be held June 17, 2021, and they are excited as ever to return. 

“I’m excited. It’s going to be bigger and better,” Lewis said. “It’s an awesome event and we should run it in 2021. We just couldn’t in good faith do it this year. Too many unknowns.”

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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