This week, Haglund announced the #HeritageStrong Virtual Golf Classic will replace the annual Heritage Golf Challenge this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since Heritage President and CEO Lisa Haglund stepped into her position in April, #HeritageStrong has been the battle cry of Heritage employees nationwide in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Heritage has made the difficult decision to cancel our annual golf challenge out of an abundance of caution for both participants and staff. We have been blessed throughout the years by our participants and sponsors, as they have come alongside Heritage, a not-for-profit dedicated to serving seniors, and because of their generosity, helped us continue our mission — to promote Hope, Dignity, and Purposeful Living. While we are disappointed to have to postpone our in-person golf challenge to 2021, we are excited about this new, virtual event.”
“#HeritageStrong is all about the members of our entire Heritage family across the United States. We support and care for each other — Heritage is home, for all of us, and we keep that theme in everything we do. Family cares for family, and during this difficult time, it is more important now than ever.
Haglund explained the #HeritageStrong Virtual Golf Classic will follow all of the same features as a traditional golf event, but allows each participant to choose their own course, and golf at their own pace. The event can be as competitive or relaxed as the individual desires, and the results will be updated on their “virtual leaderboard” as scores are turned in. She noted that while the golf event will be an individual contest, families are also encouraged to participate in the family competition and enjoy time outdoors, while coming together to support our most vulnerable population, our seniors.
The #HeritageStrong Virtual Golf Classic will support the continued ministries of Heritage, a not-for profit organization, by raising funds to support over 2,500 seniors in their communities nationwide. These funds will help provide valuable technology for residents to communicate with their loved ones, a variety of activities to provide lives full of enrichment, and exercise equipment to help residents stay strong and healthy.
The #HeritageStrong Virtual Golf Classic will be open for registration online from August 1 through August 31. Participants will golf and send in their scores September 1 through September 30, which is the close of the event. Registration is $25 per person. At the conclusion of the event, awards will be given to top men, women, and youth, as well as photography awards for best mask, best “oops” shot, and best dressed, with Heritage staff working to make this virtual event just as fun as a full day on the course.