More than 440 golf balls were dropped from a LifeFlight helicopter Wednesday onto a "green" at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Norwalk as part of the sixth annual Fisher-Titus Foundation helicopter Golf Ball Drop.
The event raised more than $3,100 for Fisher-Titus Medical Center's Pediatric Therapy Department.
"This money is used not only to purchase equipment, but also to provide "scholarships" for special programs to children who might not otherwise be able to participate because their insurance doesn't cover or they don't have insurance," said FTF Director Michele Skinn.
During the "drop," pre-numbered balls are released from a helicopter onto a green. The "owner" of the ball landing closest to the pin won a choice of a Norwalk Furniture Corp. chair or $500. Winner Bill Kolis, of Lakewood, selected the $500 prize and Lorraine Bleile was the winner of the chair.
The Golf Ball Drop opened the 19th annual Fisher-Titus Foundation Golf Tournament, which raised an estimated $32,000 that will benefit the FTMC Prescription Assistance Program. This program offers uninsured and underinsured persons help in accessing pharmaceutical companies' prescription assistance programs.
The Fisher-Titus Foundation Golf Tournament raises between $32,000 and $38,000 and supports health-care projects that benefit the community. In 2005, the funds helped purchase a new state-of-the-art therapy pool that provides area residents with some of the best aqua-therapy technology available anywhere. In 2006, proceeds were used to fund the new Cancer Care Center education area where residents diagnosed with cancer can research treatments, therapies and information about their particular form of cancer. Last year, golf tournament monies supported the new Heart & Vascular Center that will open this July.
For more information about supporting Fisher-Titus Foundation programs, contact Michele Skinn at (419) 660-2528.