Corizon Health sponsors Fallen Star Benevolent Fund in Missouri

Corizon Health sponsors Fallen Star Benevolent Fund in Missouri

(L-R) Michael Viers, Dr. Mariann Atwell, Governor Roger Wilson, Tara Taylor, Ralf Salke

In 1999, Governor Roger Wilson of Missouri began the Fallen Star Benevolent Fund for families of officers who have fallen in the line of duty, including Correctional Officers (COs). In conjunction, Governor Wilson also implemented an annual two-day golf tournament at the Columbia Country Club as an avenue of raising funds for this worthy cause. Day one of the tournament is Law Enforcement Day, and day two is Corrections Day. The winning team in corrections receives the Directors Cup for one year.

On September 12, Corizon Health was the Grand Sponsor for the annual golf tournament. In addition to the sponsorship, Corizon Health was also responsible for donating a lunch—pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs and all the fixings—for the 120 participating individuals. This year’s event had teams from Corizon Health, Corrections, and Probation and Parole playing in the morning and afternoon. The Corizon Health team consisted of Ralf Salke, VPO; Jay Coakley, Strategic Affairs; Dr. Kim Birch, Medical Director for Southeast Correctional Center (SECC); and Michael Viers, Director Business Development. Dr. Birch won the longest drive for women, and the team finished at a respectable two under par on a cold and rainy day.

Thanks to all those who participated for this worthwhile cause!