July 3, 2013
• 2013 Jessie Vetter Classic Photo Gallery
MADISON, Wis. --Former women’s hockey goaltender and current U.S. women’s national team member Jessie Vetter hosted the Third Annual Jessie Vetter Golf Classic at University Ridge on Monday.
More than 150 golfers showed up playing 18 holes in a four-person scramble, with all proceeds benefiting American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison.
For Vetter, the event was inspired from visiting the American Family Children’s Hospital during her Wisconsin career from 2005-09.
“Going to UW, we had an opportunity to visit the hospital on several different occasions,” Vetter said. “We would try to walk away from those visits hoping to cheer up the kids and we would go in there and the kids would be so positive. We walked away from those visits being excited for the opportunity to talk to them.”
This year’s event brought in more than $38,000, increasing from last year’s total of $30,000 raised for the children’s hospital.
Vetter was joined out on the links by Edgerton, Wis., native Steve Stricker and former UW and current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
“It means a lot to me to have American Family Insurance help put on this event,” Vetter said. “It was also nice that Steve Stricker and Russell Wilson came out. We’re happy that we were able to raise this much money for a great cause.”
The golf outing was followed by a silent auction and dinner. The auction included items ranging from a signed Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks jersey to a basketball signed by UW coaches Bo Ryan and Bobbie Kelsey to a signed Montee Ball poster.