Shick Family Golf Tournament, Raises About $12,000 For St James Foundation

July 23, 2021

From St James Hospital:

Hornell, NY – Friends, community donors, vendors, and members of the Shick family gathered at Hornell Golf Club on July 2 for the seventh annual Shick Family Golf Classic. The event raised a record $11,850 for St. James Foundation, which will be used to support programs and services for St. James Hospital patients.

The July 2 event was especially poignant for the family, as matriarch Anita Shick passed away exactly one week before the tournament.

“Mom always looked forward to this event and in years past she spent hours assembling programs and crafting gifts for the players,” said Becky Shick, Anita’s daughter and tournament coordinator. “She loved greeting golfers, including old friends and new as they completed their rounds. It was difficult not having her there in person this year but I think we all felt her presence, especially Scott Weitzel [owner of Hornell Golf Club], who bagged a hole-in-one, just as Mom had predicted a week before she passed.”

In addition to the golf proceeds, memorials for Anita Shick have been designated to be shared with St. James Hospital and Hornell Fire Department.

“Both St. James and HFD took great care of Mom over the years, especially during her final months, and we know she would have wanted these gifts to benefit others in the community in this way,” said Shick. “To-date, memorial donations have topped $2,800.”

“We are very grateful for the Shick family’s generosity and dedication to our hospital and the community,” said Bryan O’Donovan, St. James Hospital CEO. “This annual golf classic is recognized as an established and well-attended event. All of the funds donated to St. James will go directly to supporting patient care.”

The Shick Family Charity Golf Classic was founded in 2014 as a way to support the community and to honor Anita Shick, who has proudly led the family since the passing of her husband, William D. Shick, in 1974 at the age of 45. In 2016 the family decided to designate the proceeds to St. James Foundation.

“Our family has a long history with St. James, going back to our aunt, who was part of the first graduating class of the St. James School of Nursing,” said Shick. “Five years ago Mom and our family unanimously made the decision to support the hospital with all future events.”

With this year’s tournament proceeds and memorials for Anita, over $13,300 in total will go to St. James Foundation, for a total of over $35,000 in the last five years.

“We are extremely proud of and grateful for the community’s generosity and huge support of this annual event,” she said.