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Young at heart at Hunters Ridge
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · August 24th, 2017

A "young-at-heart" Goofy Putting Golf Course event at Hunters Ridge had 40 retired Summit Pointe Senior Living, Keystone Cedars, and Cottage Grove seniors acting like kids again. Residents signed up to participate through their Life Enrichment Coordinators at each facility, said Summit Pointe Outreach Coordinator Cathy Weber, who organized the event. The fifth-year outing was held on Friday, August 18, beginning at 9 a.m.

The "goofy" nine-hole course at Hunters Ridge was designed with special challenges, including a hula hoop obstacle, golf croquet, a water-gun game, ping pong ball, badminton racquets, miniature golf set, whiffle ball, hockey stick putting, and regular putting. "We have used brooms and pool cues in other years," Weber said.

Hunters Ridge supports the Alzheimer Association, and participating seniors, by opening up their golf course for the event, providing the golf carts and a banquet room for lunch. "They give seniors a chance to be on the golf course again who ordinarily would not be. Without their support, this event would not happen. Nate Severin, the Hunters Ridge Golf Pro, deserves all the credit. And with Hunters Ridge support, we would like to have another event next year," Weber said.

Thirty volunteers from Hunters Ridge Golf Course, Home Instead and Home Choice Senior Care, Westridge Care Center, Kindred at Home, Above and Beyond, high school volunteers, Cooties Association representing Veterans, and more helped in making the event successful.

This year's event raised more than $900 in hopes of finding a cure for Alzheimer Disease. According to Weber, all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer Association Memory Walk scheduled for September 30 in Downtown Cedar Rapids. In addition, "donations were collected addition, "donations were collected from the community for each participant to receive gift baskets and prizes for each player."

In addition, Martin Brothers also donated the pulled pork meat for the event and the other three facilities supplemented the side dishes. Each facility had bake sales, car washes and other fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for this event.

According to Weber, several community seniors participating in this event had not played golf in a very long time. It gave them the opportunity to play a game they thought they would never again play. One woman in particular was just diagnosed with terminal cancer, she said. Others used walkers to get to the green, and those with Alzheimer Disease were assisted during the event as well. "The smiles on their faces when they left told the whole story," she said.
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