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You will see thousands of golf balls rain down on Riverbend Park this Sunday; it's part of a fundraiser for "Wendy’s Wish." 


Spokesman Daryl Hjeresen says "Wendy's Wish" was created in honor of Wendy Huntley, a woman who died from colorectal cancer, to support to patients throughout their cancer journey.  "Wendy's Wish is an organization that helps cancer patients and their families with non-medical related expenses that insurance and things like that don't cover. We’re working through the St. Charles Foundation to help these families with expenses like groceries and gas, and if they need help with their mortgage, and things like that."


Hjeresen says they've been selling numbered golf balls at various locations all spring and summer and they came up with this unique idea to raise money for the program:  "In order to move this thing forward, we decided the golf ball drop is a fun way to do that. And it's a raffle. And we have about $10,000 worth of prizes that have been donated by our local merchants. We have some major sponsors that have put some good prizes together. We’re going to drop the balls on a grid of 6 golf flags. The closes to the hole of the major sponsor wins their prize; the closest to the hole going out from the center flag will win the secondary prizes."


Hjeresen says you will be able to purchase the golf balls at Riverbend Park this Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.  A helicopter will begin the first of several drops at 1 p.m.


Traffic & Weather




  • 27th Street Bear Creek Road and Forum Dr. down to a single lane 6a – 10p Signal light at 27th and Forum will be disabled and only right turns off 27th will be allowed.


  • Road closures along Roosevelt Ave >< Silver Lake Blvd -Chamberlain St. 7a-5p (9/6-11/20)


  • Lane closures and detours Mt. WA Dr at Shevlin Park Road North to Regency (7/11-11/30)
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