Bob Maynard, the chair of the Golf Outing Committee, presented a check for 55,000 dollars to Katrina Wise, Vice President of Senior Services for Liberty Lutheran. The annual Golf Outing at the North Hills Country Club benefits the Artman Benevolent Care Fund, which allows residents who outlive their assets to continue to receive quality, compassionate care at Artman.

Twenty-eight years ago, Pastor Tom Kadel at Christ Lutheran Church in Kulpsville, a member of Artman’s board of directors, had the idea to start a golf outing to raise money for the Benevolent Care Fund. Steve Merritt and a group of friends were looking for a way to honor the memory of Stuart Johnson, the former president of Germantown Lutheran Home, and decided to honor him at the golf outing. Today, Stuart’s friends are still very involved with the golf outing. “I enjoy seeing people who I’ve seen for the last 28 years,” Merritt said. “North Hills is a great place to play, and it’s a great day of fellowship.”

Committee member Steve Pribis got involved with the golf outing through members of his congregation at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church. He has had a connection with Artman from a young age when he sung Christmas carols for the residents. “It just becomes a part of you, it really does,” he said. “I really believe in what we’re doing. The benevolent care fund is a really worthy cause, and I enjoy the camaraderie with everyone who is involved.”

Golfers enjoyed lunch and a round of golf filled with fun contests and prizes, followed by a putting contest, reception and dinner. Numerous community members joined the golfers for dinner, and participated in a silent auction, several raffles, and the awards presentation.

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