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The Powerhouse behind the Golf Classic


Power Construction CEO Terry Graber (middle right) and Vice President Sean Bowker (right) join Ascension Illinois President & CEO Keith Parrott (left) and Adam Maycock at the Ascension Illinois Foundation Golf Classic at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, on August 23, 2021. The event raised $268,000 for Ascension Illinois's behavioral health programs and services.

Power Construction has been the powerhouse behind the Ascension Illinois Foundation Golf Classic’s success for as long as the event has existed.

With 95 years of history and relationships in Chicago, Power boasts a strong network of friends who turn out year after year to support the annual event. This year was no exception: As presenting sponsor, Power rallied friends in full force for the sell-out August 23, 2021, Golf Classic, raising $268,000 to benefit behavioral health programs and services across Ascension Illinois.

Power Construction Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships Mike Levar (left), Vice President Pete Bartels, United Airlines Senior Manager of Corporate Real Estate Sean Palumbo and Power Construction Senior Project Manager Patrick Brannon participate in the Ascension Illinois Foundation Golf Classic in Lake Forest, Illinois.


“For us as a company and for me, personally, I think it’s always important to give back to those that need the help,” said Terry Graber, Power Construction CEO and Ascension Illinois Foundation Board Member. “I’m looking forward to making this event stronger and better next year and capitalizing on what we’ve done this year with selling out.”

Graber has been involved with Ascension Illinois and the organizations that preceded it for around 25 years. He has seen the health system’s longstanding commitment to its mission and the impact it has on the communities it serves — and has experienced the benefit in his own family.

This year, he said, community support is more important than ever. The pandemic has taken a toll not only on families, friends and neighbors, but also on the not-for-profit hospitals, physicians, nurses and healthcare workers who care for them. The demand for behavioral healthcare is high, and there is a shortage of providers. All proceeds from this year’s Golf Classic will help meet that critical need.

“I can’t think of a better place to donate or help than mental health in today’s world,” Graber said. “Ascension Illinois has always been invested in mental health. They have always been there for their neighbors and whoever walks through the door.”

That’s only been possible because leaders like Graber and Power Construction have always been there for Ascension Illinois.

Power Construction General Superintendent Paul Meyer (left), Medxcel Facilities Management Project Manager of Planning, Design and Construction Anthony Magnifico, Medxcel Facilities Management Regional Manager of Construction Joe Stark and Power Construction Superintendent Joe Rybka golf together at the Ascension Illinois Foundation Golf Classic in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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