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Genesys offers scholarships to area students

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) To help area students pursuing a career in health care, Genesys will host its annual Charity Classic party and golf tournament with proceeds funding scholarships for local residents.
The 15th annual Genesys Charity Classic party will take place Saturday, July 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Genesys Athletic Club in Grand Blanc Township. Cost of $250 a couple includes hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, music and a strolling dinner served by more than a dozen local restauranteurs.

The golf tournament will be held Monday, July 16, at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, the home of the Buick Open. Sponsorships of different levels can be purchased.

For the fifth and last year, proceeds from the Charity Classic will go to the scholarship, designed to assist area students entering health care undergraduate and graduate programs such as nursing, medical technology, pharmacy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, surgical technology and other medical fields. Students receiving scholarships - up to $2,500 each - are from Genesee County, North Oakland County, Lapeer County and Shiawassee County. Almost $500,000 has been raised at the classic during the past four years.

Up until this year, the Genesys Health Foundation (administrators of the scholarship program) has awarded 71 scholarships totaling almost $124,000. A total of 25 students have completed their degree, and 20 now work at Genesys.

Flint resident and mother of three, Elizabeth Unverzagt is one scholarship recipient. She lost her job 20 years ago as a restaurant manager due to downsizing, and decided she would pursue a career in nursing. According to Unverzagt, "without the Charity Classic scholarship, I would not have been able to go back to nursing school." She graduated from Baker College in March and how works as a registered nurse at Genesys on the oncology unit.

According to Nick Evans, vice president of the Genesys Health Foundation, Genesys - through Charity Classic funds from the past five years - is building an endowment program in order to continue providing these health care education scholarships. "This program intends to assist deserving students as much as possible in their pursuit of a health care career," he adds. "This partnership between Genesys and the community strives to build excellence in our health care workforce."

Since its inception in 1992, the Genesys Charity Classic has raised more than $1.5 million for the community. Prior to the health care scholarship program, Genesys earmarked Charity Classic proceeds to implement and sustain a parish nurse program - a community outreach service that enables Genesys to provide nurses in area congregations with the tools, resources and education necessary to promote good health care within their parish. Genesys now networks with about 35 local congregations.

Another highlight of this year's event is a raffle. Tickets are $100 each. First prize is a choice of one of three cars or $20,000 cash. Second prize is $2,500 and third prize is $1,000. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. The cars are on display in the Genesys Regional Medical Center-Health Park atrium, and tickets can be purchased at the atrium's information desk.

At this year's Genesys Charity Classic dinner party, featured restaurants include: Atlas Valley Country Club, Brick Street Bar & Grille, Cranberries Cafe, Da Edoardo North, Damon's, Italia Gardens, Little Joe's, Luca's Chophouse, Redwood Lodge, The Big Eazy, The Cake Ladies, The French Laundry, The Great Harvest Bread Company, and Warwick Hills Country Club.

For more information on the Genesys Charity Classic, call the Genesys Health Foundation at 810-606-5138.

The Genesys Health Foundation is responsible for generating and administering all charitable gifts for Genesys Health System. Through the foundation, individuals, businesses, foundations and other organizations are able to make gifts and bequests to benefit the programs and services of Genesys. Income from these gifts is used for a broad range of community health care needs.


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