Guild Golf Classic

From start to finish, everything was different about the 2016 NorthBay Guild Golf Classic. Except for the rounds of golf, of course.

More than 144 golfers traveled to Mare Island in Vallejo for the tournament, where they gathered at Vino Godfather Mansion to enjoy a brunch reception, hosted by fedora-clad Guild volunteers wearing gangster-themed shirts.

After noshing on breakfast burritos, mimosas and Bloody Marys in IV bags, golfers were shuttled off in a motorized cable car to the golf course, located more than a mile away.

Many took their turns at a putting contest before the noon shot-gun start. A light fog, drifting in off the San Francisco Bay, soon burned off, offering golfers fantastic views at nearly every turn.

The July 15 event raised nearly $60,000 to support NorthBay Healthcare's Trauma programs, according to Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services. “That's an increase of almost $35,000 over last year's event, thanks in part to a savings on the cost of the venue and the tremendous support we received from Medic Ambulance and Touro University,” she noted.

Golfers teeing off

This is the sixth year Guild members voted to donate tournament funds to support the NorthBay Medical Center Trauma program, and several holes had a trauma theme. At one, hosted by Trauma Program Director Heather Venezio and Jackie Nelson, trauma registrar, golfers were offered Jell-O shots in syringes. At another, golfers were offered a beverage in a specimen cup.

At other holes, volunteers offered to take photos of the foursomes, invited them to take part in a “closest to the hole” or “Strike Out Cancer” competition or to donate to a 50/50 raffle.

After the rounds were complete, golfers were shuttled back to the Vino Godfather Mansion for games of chance, a dinner prepared by Outback Steakhouse and dancing to the music of The Rhythm Method 4.

An awards ceremony preceded dancing. The winner of the 50/50 raffle, Pete Kreuser of DPR Construction, returned his winnings to the Trauma Program.

“Golfers seemed to really enjoy the views and venue at Mare Island and appreciated the dinner and dancing afterward,” Jane noted. “We could not have pulled it all off without the tireless work of our many volunteers, and the help of our generous donors.”

Heather Venezio and Jackie Nelson posing with sign and car