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Don Banowetz, right, presents a check in the amount of $100,000 to Tom Niezer and the board of the directors for the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House during a reception Thursday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Mad Anthonys helps Hope House expand

– There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 17 at the Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House at which they will unveil an expansion that will take the facility from six to 10 rooms.

Making it possible was a generous contribution from the Mad Anthonys, a group of local business people, who presented a $100,000 check to the Hope House on Thursday during a ceremony at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

“We’re very excited,” said Don Banowetz, president of the Mad Anthonys. “Eight or nine months ago, we started out and came up with a goal to give the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House a $100,000 check, and I’m very pleased, on behalf of the board, to say that we’ve accomplished that goal.”

The primary fundraising done by the Mad Anthonys was through their pro-am, which was Aug. 26 at the start of the Hotel Fitness Championship, and at their Red Coat dinner the night before.

“The Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House does phenomenal work for people at the absolute toughest part of their lives, and we’re very pleased to be a very small part of that,” Banowetz said.

The Hope House provides lodging for the families of children receiving medical care at Lutheran Hospital and other medical facilities.

“This is always an exciting day,” said Tom Niezer, president of the board of directors for the Hope House. “This is the culmination of the Mad Anthonys’ fundraising event for the year, and it’s a signature day. … Without the relationship with the Mad Anthonys, the expansion would have been far more difficult to achieve.”

This was the first year that the Mad Anthonys’ pro-am was part of the Hotel Fitness Championship, an event that is part of the Tour’s Finals.

The Hotel Fitness Championship will be back for at least two years.

“We’re there to help families of kids who are long-term patients at Lutheran Hospital. Our ability to do that, do it quickly, and accommodate those needs is of great benefit to us,” Niezer said. “The relationship (with the Mad Anthonys) is very special for us. You see it every day, literally every day, in the happiness of the families staying at the house. That’s a great thing.”