Bolton, Mass. – Under a beautiful blue sky at The International golf resort in Bolton on Monday, Aug. 22, a sold-out group of 252 golfers enjoyed a day of fun, food and prizes, and raised more than $439,000 for Lowell General Hospital’s new Intensive Care Unit along the way.

New to the event this year was the Helicopter Ball drop, a 50/50 raffle with a dramatic twist. Each entry bought a golf ball, which was delivered via a swooping helicopter that dropped the entries onto a golf hole. Lowell General Hospital medical secretary Gail Williams was the lucky owner of the golf ball that dropped closest to the pin, landing her $4,500 in winnings.

The donations from golfers and sponsors will support the expansion of Lowell General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit on its main campus, which is scheduled to open next year. The project will renovate former emergency room space in the hospital’s Hanchett Building into an expanded ICU unit with 11 beds, providing improved access and the latest technology for patients who need it most.

The golfers were treated to breakfast before heading out on The International’s impeccable Pines and Oaks courses, where they were served an on-course barbecue lunch. Golf was followed by cocktail hour and a surf and turf dinner with lobster, as well as a live auction and prizes.

“This tournament has grown to become one of our biggest and most successful fundraisers, and thanks to the incredible support of this community, our hospital is improving our ability to serve our sickest patients,” said Lowell General Hospital President Jody White. “Thank you to all of those who came out and to our sponsors, especially our lead Tournament Sponsors, Enterprise Bank, PrideStar EMS and Cerner. Without them, this wouldn’t be possible.”