The Story Behind the Bob Mariano Memorial Golf Classic for the Marley House Endowment Fund

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In October, 100 golfers will gather at The Club at Prescott Lakes for the 2nd Bob Mariano Memorial Golf Classic. They are coming out for fun but also for an important cause:  sustaining the legacy of loving hospice care provided at the Good Samaritan Society – Marley House.

To understand the importance of the golf classic, you have to know the story of Bob and Barbara Mariano.

More than a decade ago, Barbara was traveling back to Arizona from her aunt’s funeral on the East Coast. She thought about the care her dearest aunt had received in a hospice house.

She thought about the friends she and her husband, Bob, had made since they retired. None of them had family nearby. Who would care for them when they faced life’s final transition? It seemed clear:  Prescott needed a hospice house of its own.

From one family’s vision, the Marley House came into being. It opened its doors in 2010 after several years of intense fundraising led by the Mariano family.

Bob Mariano has since passed away, but his legacy continues through the golf classic. The event sprang from Bob’s concern that the Marley House have a fully-funded endowment to ensure it can always care for people, regardless of their financial situation.

“Barbara and Bob Mariano shared their idea for a hospice house while playing golf with friends,” says Gretchen Gallagher, donor engagement director. “I cannot think of a better way to honor Bob’s memory than coming together with friends to do something he loved and to support something he was so passionate about.”

The 2nd Bob Mariano Memorial Golf Classic for the Marley House Endowment Fund presented by Lamb Chevrolet will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. This event is limited to the first 100 golfers to register. For more information or to support the endowment fund, visit www.good-sam.com/marleygolf or call (928) 460-9678.

About the Good Samaritan Society: The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is the nation’s largest not-for-profit, faith-based organization providing senior housing and services. Founded in 1922 and headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Society became part of Sanford Health in 2019. Through this partnership, the Society offers a full continuum of care. Together, our shared Lutheran roots will give us greater opportunity to share God’s love through the work of health, healing and comfort with seniors and others in need.

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