Golf Ball Drop to Support New Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite July 12th

The GRMC Auxiliary wants you to “Drop it for a Cause” with a unique fundraising event this summer. On Saturday, July 12, at 5:30 p.m., a helicopter filled with numbered golf balls will hover over a fairway at Oakland Acres Golf Club. The fairway will have at least 10 designated targets, each with a corresponding prize. When the thousands of balls drop at once from the helicopter, the ball landing in or nearest the target wins the prize. Donors will purchase numbered golf balls like a raffle ticket with winning numbers. Instead of being drawn from a box, the balls are dropped from the sky.

The grand prize is $5,000 cash. Additional prizes include a single membership to Oakland Acres Golf Club valued at $575, a Smith and Wesson ladies rifle valued at $560, golf lessons from Kristin VanWyk valued at $300, gift certificates to Michael’s Italian Restaurant valued at $300, $100 gift certificate to The Glass Gift Box, cash prizes, and more.

The GRMC Auxiliary is raising funds to meet their $150,000 pledge toward the GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Suite and Moving at the Speed of Life campaign pledge.

“We wanted to bring this unique fundraiser to the area because it seems like a really fun way to gain awareness of the GRMC Auxiliary and raise money to care for our friends and neighbors who benefit from this new space for chemotherapy and infusion,” says Kerri Olson, GRMC Volunteer Coordinator. “It just seemed like a great fit for our organization.”

Golf balls are now on sale and can be purchased at The Glass Gift Box at GRMC, Oakland Acres Golf Club, and online Golf balls sell for $10 each or three for $25, seven for $50, or 15 balls for $100.  A maximum of 8,000 balls will be sold.

“We are creating a fun event around the ball drop,” says Tia Heishman, GRMC Auxiliary Board Member. “We want people to come out and watch this incredible ball drop and stay for dinner and live music to enjoy the night with friends celebrating this great organization.”

Oakland Acres Golf Club will host the Cody Hicks Band, a local band from Montezuma currently playing throughout the Midwest, following the ball drop.

The clubhouse will offer an expanded menu that evening to include an Iowa barbeque with pork sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, salads, baked beans, and dessert, all for purchase.

Fun activities for children are planned to begin at 4 p.m.

Sponsors for the event are Ken Beck-Freedom Firearms, Casey’s General Store, Cummings Farms, The Glass Gift Box, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Jerry Henschen, KJWW PC Engineering Consultants, Dr. Nicholas Kuiper, MAS Video, Michael’s Italian Restaurant, Miraco, Oakland Acres Golf Club, Total Choice Shipping and Printing, and Kristin VanWyk.

For more information on the event, how to become a sponsor, or to volunteer for the event, please contact Kerri Olson, 641-236-2588, or email at

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