For years, the organizers of the Dic Wisco golf tournament (the families of Dick, Tim and Zak Rau) raised funds for Parkinson’s research. This year they changed their direction and raised funds for the purpose of increasing awareness and prevention of suicide among our youth. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people [ages 15 to 34].
The Dic Wisco golf tournament sponsors and golfers wholeheartedly supported the Rau’s in their decision. The family recently presented 33 checks – totaling over $25,000 – to the Aspirus Medford Foundation.
“Their empathy, compassion and dedication to the community really should be commended,” Catherine Leifeld said of the Rau family. Leifeld is the Executive Director of the Aspirus Medford Foundation.
“One death by suicide is too many,” Leifeld said. “We plan to work with the local agencies and businesses in this area to increase the awareness and prevention of suicide.”
The Aspirus Medford Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information or to become a donor, visit www.aspirus.org/MedfordFoundation.
Photo: Accepting the checks totaling over $25,000 were (from left) Aspirus Medford Foundation Vice Chair Lon Rundquist and Linda Murphy, LCSW, Behavioral Health Clinician at Aspirus Medford Clinic. Zak Rau (center), Dick Rau and Tim Rau coordinated the Dic Wisco golf tournament.