The third annual Eleanor Soltner Memorial Golf Outing will be held Aug. 14 at The Rookery North at Shawnee in celebration of an avid golf-lover and the care she received at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.
Eleanor Soltner, of Lewes, spent her last days at the Milford Delaware Hospice Center in Milford battling cancer. After her passing in January 2011, her husband, Frank Soltner, wanted to repay the organization for the care and comfort given to his wife.
“She was in pain. They took the pain away and she went peacefully,” he said. “I wanted to something to honor Eleanor and do something to benefit the hospice.”
Eleanor Soltner loved golf so much that she braved snow and freezing rain to get her money’s worth, said Event Chairman Bob Burd. He said Frank Soltner came to him only a few months after his wife’s passing, with the request to organize a tournament revolving around Eleanor’s life and golf motto: “It’s only a game.”
“It’s a way to help the hospice and the community, since we’re not doctors and can’t really do anything else,” Burd said. “Frank really appreciates it, that there are so many people that remembered her, so many well-wishers and donations made to the hospice because of her. It’s a way that he can help remember her and help the hospice at the same time.”
Since the tournament’s inception in 2011, it has raised more than $35,000 in general funds for the non-profit Delaware Hospice Center in Milford. This year, more than 70 people have already registered at $100 each, and Burd expects business donations and additional registrations before the event Aug. 14.
This year’s tournament will feature team putting, longest drive ladies and men, closest to the pin ladies and men contests, as well as team prizes, a light breakfast, refreshments and awards lunch, silent auction items and two chances to win a free car.
“People are very, very, very generous as far as donations go,” Frank Soltner said. “There aren’t many people you talk to that don’t know someone – a husband, wife, cousin, brother, sister, friend – that hasn’t used hospice. They do such a wonderful job, and for free. This is our way of giving back.”