WMC Foundation launches ‘Hero’s Fund,’ hosts golf tourney for fundraiser

Fellow police officers wear blue ribbons during a rally for support of wounded officer Jacob Carlson on May 8, in Conwell Park. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Wyoming Medical Center Foundation has recently added a new committee that will provide funds to first responders’ families in times of need. This, according to a statement from the Casper Police Department.

Aptly named the “Heroes’ Fund,” it was formed in response to a recent incident in which a Casper policeman was seriously injured after being shot in the line-of-duty.

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CPD officials said in a written statement, that local first responders saw that there weren’t any funds set up for such a situation and they wanted to help, as did the Wyoming Medical Center Foundation.

By forming this partnership, the Heroes’ Fund account has been set up at the WMC Foundation to receive donations. Through fundraisers and gifts, this fund will support families of professional and volunteer firefighters, EMS workers, and law enforcement officers in Natrona County affected by death or serious injury. The Heroes’ Fund Committee will determine the amount of assistance that a family will receive on a case-by-case basis.

Casper Police Sergeant Mike Ogden says that the first fundraiser will be a Hero’s Fund golf tournament at the Paradise Valley Country Club.

“All proceeds will go into [the] fund to help first responders,” Ogden says. “There’s a lot of other communities around the United States that have a Hero’s Fund in place, all the time, to help first responders when they need it.”

Ogden says that, to his knowledge the Hero’s Fund is the first of its kind in Casper.

The tournament will be held Friday, August 10th, 2018 and will consist of a 4-person scramble, 18 holes, with a Shotgun Start at 1:00 pm.

The cost of the tournament is $100 per person, which will include the tournament, cart, range balls, barbecue event, and others.

People will also have the opportunity for a 50/50 ticket, and golfball drop. Ogden says that numbers will be assigned to a large number of golfballs dropped from a helicopter. The golfball closest to the pin will win.

For more information about the Heroes’ Fund and an upcoming golf tournament to benefit the Heroes’ Fund, visit the WMC website.