Though he claims he is not good at golf, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs President Mike Bean has agreed to serve as honorary chairman for the Care and Concern Free Health Clinic Golf Tournament fundraiser.
The casino manager said his company has supported the clinic's fundraiser for years, but this is the first year organizers have asked anyone from the casino to serve as chairman.
Bean, 47, shares the company-wide philosophy that backing community programs should be a priority.
He lauded the tournament and called it an incredibly efficient use of fundraising, with money raised directly affecting the success of St. John the Evangelist Parish's free health clinic.
About 40 patients filled the clinic waiting room and halls as clinic Director Gloria Blandina accompanied Bean on a tour recently.
She said a volunteer pharmacist was out sick and, though no volunteer sat still for more than a moment, it was obvious that each person plays an important role to streamline service.
Last year, the clinic paid about $25,000 for patients' diagnostic services outside the clinic.
Blandina hopes money raised by the golf tournament will help offset costs for those types of outside services.
When we were talking to him, he sincerely wanted to see the clinic, she said of Bean, indicating he had asked to take a glimpse of the clinic's operation.
She was elated that he would show interest in the group's efforts and added that his involvement will only help to grow awareness and, hopefully, support.
Bean enjoys golfing and plans to participate in the tournament July 12 at Emanon Country Club in Falls.
To make a donation or register a foursome, call Didge Connors at 589-9181.
In 2012, the tournament was played on July 13 and the Captain and Crew format raised approximately $10,000 for the clinic which is located in the former Seton Catholic high school on William Street in Pittston.
Care and Concern also operates a Pediatric Clinic for infants through 11 years old.
The Pediatric Clinic is open the first and third Thursday of every month.
Registration is from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
All services are free and confidential.
The clinic is sponsored by the Care and Concern ministries of the Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist in Pittston.