(Cushing, Okla.)  Cushing Regional Hospital Foundation, Cushing Masonic Lodge #111 and people from everywhere in the Cimarron Valley are once again coming together to improve quality of life.  The time is nearing for the fourth annual Charity Golf Event which generating funds for Cushing Paramedic Education.

It seems like only yesterday members of Cushing Masonic Lodge #111 teamed up with the Cushing Regional Hospital Foundation to think of ways to raise funds to help create a program to train Cushing firefighters to become paramedics. 

Today, as surrounding communities are continuing to experience financial woes regarding their ambulance services, Cushing, with help from their friends, continues to raise the bar of excellence.  The Charity Golf event became a key way to provide scholarships for Cushing firefighters to become paramedics. 

So far, three firefighters have completed the training and three more will graduate this summer.  An additional three are currently enrolled and yet another three wait in the wings to enroll.  The goal is to have paramedics on schedule on a 24/7 basis.

With the increase of education came the necessity of improving the ambulances, which the citizens passed with their votes; an increase of salaries and retirements which the City Commission gave thumbs -up; and the scheduling of classes at Central Vo-Tech and the work scheduling of the personnel at the Cushing Fire Department.   Enbridge Energy also donated funds to purchase computer equipment!  All fine examples of coming together as a community.

The Fourth Annual Charity Golf Event is scheduled for May 14 at the Cushing Country Club.  It will be a shot-gun start, playing a scramble format.  

Cash prizes are available for A & B flights.  Kalka Agency is sponsoring the Hole-n-One Contest with possible winnings being up to $25,000 and a putting contest which features prizes.

This is an event to help the total Cimarron Valley Region.  Everyone can help in some way.  There is Double Diamond Sponsorship for $2000, a Diamond Sponsorship for $1000, a Gold Sponsorship for $600, a Silver Sponsorship for $300 and a Bronze Sponsorship for $200.  Teams may enter at $100 per person. 

Cushing Regional Hospital Foundation is a 501c3 organization making each donation eligible for tax purposes.  For more information contact Marian Gilkerson @ 918-225-8125.