Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation

Created in 1986, the Ascension Borgess-Lee  Foundation is the official fundraising arm of Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital in Dowagiac. Today, when individuals and community organizations provide financial support, they continue the tradition of charitable giving that has always been an integral part of how we support Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital’s most urgent needs.

To invest in the future of Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital, call (269)783.3026 or make a donation online.

Vaccine distribution update: February 8, 2021

9th Annual Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation Wine and Beer Tasting Event

In 2019, the event raised over $33,000 for surgical suite upgrades and equipment. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Next year's event will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at Blackmond's Sesquicentennial Farm overlooking beautiful Indian Lake in Dowagiac.  The event will showcase many local wineries and breweries. Tickets are $60 per person and include unlimited tastings, live entertainment, a souvenir wine glass and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets will be limited to 350 guests. For ticket information contact: Beth Cripe at (269) 783-3026 or OR Tom Carlson at (269) 782-7788.

Tree of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony

In 2011, the Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation launched the first Borgess Tree of Love program in Cass County. Since then, the community donations to this campaign have assisted hundreds of low-income women without health insurance in receiving free mammograms and diagnostic mammography services at Ascension Borgess-Lee Hospital. Last year's campaign reached over $12,000 in total donations and was proudly supported by nearly 200 area donors.

Every $8 donation to the Tree of Love campaign will help a woman receive a mammogram, as well as allow donors to honor or remember someone important in their lives. Every $80 donation will sponsor a mammogram for a woman and allow donors to honor or remember up to 10 people.

The 2020 Tree of Love campaign began in October and will run through December. The annual tree lighting event will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in Farr Park next to the hospital. Social distancing will be observed. 

16th Annual Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation Golf Outing

The 16th annual Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation Golf Outing took place on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course in Eau Claire. In spite of the pandemic, the event was a great success and raised over $13,000. The 2021 Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation Golf Outing date and location will be announced early 2021. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a shot gun start at 10:00 a.m. The registration fee of $100 per golfer includes 18-holes of golf, a cart, lunch, and prizes. Tee sponsorships begin at $200. For more information contact Beth Cripe at (269) 783-3026 or