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Annual SBL Golf Benefit set for June

April 20, 2023 1:45 p.m.

  • SBL Golf Benefit, Behavioral Health Services

    Niemann Foods Liquor Manager Brandon Davis presents the Van Winkle bourbon.

Plans are well underway for the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation’s 34th annual Golf Benefit to be held Friday, June 9, at Meadowview Golf Course. Net proceeds from this year’s event will benefit SBL’s Behavioral Health Services (BHS).

In recent years, SBL has experienced an unprecedented rise in demand for mental health services. Proceeds from the 2023 Golf Benefit will assist BHS staff to better meet these demands by helping provide emergent needs for uninsured patients, resources for providers to use in therapy and assist with addressing the substance abuse crisis in the communities SBL serves.

“Our Behavioral Health Services staff recognizes the surge of patients who seek mental health support, and are ready to help those who need that specialized care,” SBL Special Events Officer Kim Lockart said. “Support from the Golf Benefit will assist our BHS team to provide both adults and children with the care they need.”

Even if you’re not a golfer, you can still support SBL Behavioral Health Services by making a general donation or by purchasing raffle tickets for one of two amazing prizes: 1) A bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon, and/or 2) a week-long vacation package to the destination of your choice. The bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon was donated by Niemann Foods in Mattoon. The Van Winkle family of bourbons, made by Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, are some of the most highly-coveted bourbons in the world. Distribution is extremely limited, with most liquor stores in the area receiving only a single bottle of a particular label in a year. This bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle, aged 10 years, has received numerous industry awards. You must be at least 21 years old to win.

The week-long vacation package to the destination of your choice also includes 40,000 Southwest sky miles and $1,000 cash for expenses. The Resort Vacation Certificates program offers a world of vacation options in desirable locations across six continents. Some of the most popular locations include Orlando, FL; Branson, MO; Myrtle Beach, SC; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; and the Canadian Rockies in Canada. Reservations must be made by December 31, 2023, and travel must be completed by December 31, 2024. The package is courtesy of KC Summers of Mattoon.

SBL thanks the title sponsors of the Golf Benefit: BSA LifeStructures, Inc.; First Mid; Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP; Kirchner Building Centers; McCarthy Building Companies; Meadowview Golf Course; Primary Systems; Quinn Johnston; SC3F Wealth Management Group; and KC Summers.

This year’s event offers both morning and afternoon flights, teeing off at 7:30 am or 1 pm respectively. To register, make a donation or purchase raffle tickets visit or call 217-258-2511.


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