More than 150 golfers, supporters, volunteers, and friends took part in Wheeler’s 34th Annual Golf Classic presented by Mutual of America at the Country Club of Farmington on June 10—an event that raised nearly $60,000 and crossed the $1.2-million fundraising mark since its inception in 1986.
“We are truly grateful to our golfers, volunteers, and sponsors, including first-ever Title Sponsor Mutual of America, for supporting our mission and helping us to deliver high-quality, whole-person care to underserved individuals and families,” said Susan Walkama, LCSW, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler.
This year, proceeds from the Golf Classic support Wheeler’s community health centers in Hartford, New Britain, and Bristol, as well as the organization’s Basic Needs Fund, which addresses a range of environmental and social factors that interfere with a patient’s health and well-being and improves outcomes.
The Basic Needs Fund tackles issues such as food insecurity and access to healthy options, transportation, childcare, healthy physical environments, and more.
The Wheeler Annual Golf Classic was founded by a group of business leaders and top companies in 1986 to raise money for behavioral health and community-based services for children and adolescents.
Some of the original supporters remain involved today, including Yarde Metals, McPhee Electric, and Tollman Spring Company.
Proceeds from past Golf Classic events have helped Wheeler address emergent community needs such as ensuring access to integrated primary and behavioral health services in underserved communities, child abuse prevention, and providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for students with emotional and behavioral challenges.