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Former TV news anchor Tara Hitchcock introduces her stepson, Dylan, a Barrow patient who received treatment for a brain tumor.

Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf scores record donations

As a longtime volunteer organizer of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf, Roger Maxwell declared this year’s event, May 1-2, the most successful tournament ever, having raised approximately $500,000 to benefit Barrow Neurological Institute and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

“We are thankful for the support of our sponsors and everyone who have given so generously to this important cause,” said Maxwell. “Lou would have been proud.”

Maxwell, a golf professional of more than 40 years, was a friend of Grubb, a well-known and revered businessman who started the tournament in 1973 to raise money for charity. After suffering a ruptured aneurysm while golfing in 1986, Grubb underwent successful surgery at Barrow, prompting him to name the institute as beneficiary of tournament proceeds. To date, more than $5 million has been donated to Barrow on behalf of the Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf.

Approximately 450 guests attended the 2014 opening ceremony—featuring cocktails, casino-like gambling, an elegant dinner and a lively auction—at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, May 1. The following day, 240-plus golfers headed out for a friendly, competitive round of golf at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, also in Scottsdale.

The event would not be possible without the organizational efforts of its volunteer committee: Greg Anderson, Scottie Button (chair), Hamilton Espinosa, Booker T. Evans, William Hunt, Stuart Kirk, Roger Maxwell, Larry Mayhew, Mike Medici, Loui Olivas, Jorge Quintero, Tom Reahard, Lee Rosenthal, Saundra Schrock, Dennis Scully, Joanne Springrose and Jerry D. Worsham II.

Also behind the scenes, working to make this year’s tournament better than ever, was the recently formed Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf “Futures” Committee, including Nick and Julie Bartolo, Melissa and Tyler Button, Claire Cunningham, Natalie Grimberg, Jennifer Hoffman, Elissa Iatridis, Erik Jensen, Brian Kirk, Elizabeth Oviedo, Rebecca Pepple, Jake Thomas, Brandon Wallraff and Lindsi M. Weber.

American Fire Equipment
Arizona Cardinals *
Arizona Care Network
Arizona Diamondbacks *
Barrow Neurosurgical Associates
Big Two Toyota Scion of Chandler
Bill and Linda Hunt *
Caroline and Chris Hoeye
Cathy and Tom Reahard
Celia and Kent McLellan
Clark Hill
Dan and Kathy Grubb
Dignity Health Medical Group
DPR Construction *
Duke Realty
Gallagher & Kennedy
Gammage & Burnham
Grubb Family *
Image Stream Medical
In Celebration of Golf
Jennings Strouss
Julie and Mitch Pierce
Kathy and Dan Grubb *
Kitchell *
K.M. Facility Services LLC
Lanmore Services
Leslie and Donald Budinger
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Mayer Hoffman McCann
Merrill Lynch
MGA Home Healthcare
MidFirst Private Bank
Nancy and Robert Spetzler
Peg and Bob Wolf
QCM Technologies
Randy and Ken Kendrick
Ridenour, Hienton & Lewis
Sandra and Larry Mayhew *
Saundra and Jeff Schrock
Scottie and Alan Button
Shelby and Steve Butterfield *
Smith Group JJR
Springrose Family
Symmetry Software *
York Capital Management
Young’s Market Company
* Major sponsors

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Things to do this weekend

Lou Grubb Friends Fore Golf @ Scottsdale Plaza Resort and McCormick Ranch Golf Resort, May 1-2
Have a good meal, play a round of the ageless game and help support St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center all in one go. Starting Thursday this all-inclusive golf tournament starts off with a diner and a raffle and goes into the next day with a golf tournament that is sure to be a good time. In the past the tournament has raised nearly $5 million so help raise that number for a good cause.
Contact 602-406-3041

2nd Annual Arizona Improv Festival with Paul Brittain @ Outliars Comedy Club Mesa, May 2-3
Paul Brittain of Saturday Night Live fame is in town to give an improv show with a similar rhythm of the famous show. Brittain and Jet Eveleth will be working together on the stage to bring you hilarious scenes and characters that are sure to split your sides.
Admission is $24

Cinco De Mayo Phoenix Festival @ 2nd St. and Van Buren, Downtown Phoenix, May 3-4
Help celebrate Mexico’s victory over France with this two-day festival that the whole family and you are sure to enjoy. There will be music, food, and fun for the whole family that will make your celebration a great time! The performers are Grammy award winning national acts so make sure you don’t miss out on this event.
Admission: $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m.

Arizona Derby Dames Double Header @ The Hall of Dames, May 3 at 7 p.m.
Hear the thundering roll of skates in the arena this weekend as Brutal Beauties verse of against the Schoolyard Scrappers and then the Pink Ladies roll against the Black Dollyas. Watch a double header of the increasingly popular and hardcore game of Roller Derby this weekend. There will be food trucks at this event so be sure to bring an empty stomach as you watch these intense games.
Price is $7-$15

Relay for Life of Central Phoenix @ Camelback High School, May 3, 6 p.m.
Help the “Finish the Fight” once again this year by attending Relay for Life. There will be raffles, one of which is for two tickets donated by Southwest Airlines. There are 54 teams participating this year that have already raised $38,531.25 so come on down and help raise that number even higher.
Admission: $10 suggested donation