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Teeing It Up for Hospice of the Valley


Hospice of the Valley’s 2024 Pro-Am Golf Tournament, presented by Cigna Healthcare, raised over $53,000 for the nonprofit’s charity care programs. The March 28 event drew 30 wonderful threesomes and 30 talented pros to Grayhawk Golf Club on a picture-perfect day.

“It’s a tournament that we love to support and play in — and meaningful for all players. It’s a mission of love, it’s a mission of dignity, and I love to support it,” said sponsor Tim Louis, who competes every year with wife Amy in memory of his loving parents.

Volunteer tournament chairman Jay Hoselton started the event in 1998, raising more than $1 million since that time to help provide compassionate care to thousands of patients and families in need. It’s a testament to the generosity and commitment of title sponsor Cigna and the many players and sponsors who look forward to this annual tradition, now in its 26th year.

“They’re the ones who make this thing happen,” he said. “As long as I can stand and walk, I’m going to keep running this tournament! It’s just a great group with a lot of great people and a great day for a great charity.”

Jenni Veretto said Hospice of the Valley is an organization that sponsors like APRIA, Part of the Owens & Minor Family, are proud to support. “What they do in the community is just amazing, and we are grateful that we get to be partners with them to help take care of their patients.”

Cigna’s Pete Chuchro, General Manager for the Arizona Market, echoed that sentiment: “It’s an important mission that brings everybody together.”

This year’s tournament boasted a $20,000 professional purse and showcased top players from the Southwest Section of the PGA. Pro Marty Jertson shot a 68/68 for a total 136 to take home the $4,600 top prize!

To learn more about Hospice of the Valley’s programs and services, visit hov.org or call (602) 530-6900.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Cigna Healthcare

Corporate Sponsors
APRIA, Part of the Owens & Minor Family
Lockton Companies, playing in memory of Robert Burton Jackson Jr.
Tim and Amy Louis, playing in memory of his parents, Dr. Tim and Julie Louis
The MJ Companies

Hole Sponsors
Dignity Health
Dignity Health St. Joseph's Foundation
Imagine Technology Group
The Jennings family
OnePoint Patient Care
Risas Dental and Braces
Service1st Co.
TB Consulting

Photo Gallery

Tournament chairman Jay Hoselton (right) congratulates winning pro Marty Jertson. He shot a 68/68 for a total 136 to take home the $4,600 top prize.

First-place winners, Hewson Group: Pro Erik Matthewson, Nate Goldfarb, Sean Babson and Don Trapani.

Second-place winners, OnePoint Patient Care Group: Pro Mark Turner, Joe Solien, Michael Porpora and Mike Mesdaghi.

Third-place winners, Nord Group: Pro Derek Shelburne, Sam Kendrick, Chris Nord and Dan Hamilton.

APRIA, Part of the Owens & Minor Family: Pro DK Kim, Jenni Veretto, Angel De La Riva and Norka Carrasquillo.

Lockton Companies Group: Morgan Smith, Abigail Tichenor, Pro Jeff Yurkiewicz and Chad Thornhill.

Louis Group: Lani Calbert, Amy Louis, Pro Dennis Downs and Tim Louis.

The MJ Companies Group: Pro Marty Jertson, Kyle Kniepman, Byron Shultz and Harrison Pappas.