Billings Clinic Classic
Since 1983, the Classic has been the premier fundraising event for Billings Clinic, raising millions of dollars over the years in support of advancing health care excellence. From the beginning, the Classic has capped off a week of fun-filled and good-natured sport rivalry with a spectacular evening of fabulous entertainment, food and friends.
For the last 20 years, Billings Clinic and an army of volunteers have lit up Broadway Avenue in the heart of downtown Billings with thousands of twinkle lights in over 30 tents as over 1,350 guests are entertained by well-known stars of country and pop.
2016 Classic Featuring "America"
Billings Clinic Foundation announces that the 2016 Classic will feature legendary rock band, America, on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Alberta Bair Theater. Enjoying massive success early in their career, America earned their stripes as musical soldiers on the battlefield amidst the excess, craziness and chaos of the 70’s.
The trio won the Grammy® for Best New Artist in 1972. Their best-known tunes, which include "A Horse With No Name,” "I Need You," "Ventura Highway," "Don't Cross The River," "Tin Man," "Lonely People," and "Sister Golden Hair" were cornerstones of 1970’s Top 40 and FM rock radio.Their growth as singers, songwriters and musicians has continued into the present day as illustrated by landmark releases such as 2000’s Highway 3-disc box set, 2002’s Holiday Harmony, 2007's Here & Now, 2009’s Live In Concert: Wildwood Springs and 2011’s Back Pages. America has been a band capable of transcending borders with its uplifting music and positive message.
2016 Billings Clinic Classic Information
Check out the schedule of events for this year's Billings Clinic Classic!
Dates for the 2016 Classic
- Friday, August 19: Women's Golf Tournament at Laurel Golf Club
- Thursday, August 25: Open Golf Tournament at the Powder Horn Country Club in Sheridan, WY
- Friday, August 26: Open Golf Tournament at Laurel Golf Club and Open Golf Tournament at Briarwood Country Club
- Saturday, August 27: Street Party and Concert
2016 Classic Cause
Benefiting Psychiatric Services
There is a silent crisis in our country. It affects individuals and families without regard to age, gender, ethnicity, race, culture, or economic circumstance. For some, this crisis causes only a ripple of disruption, but for others, it is an insidious and heart-wrenching illness with devastating consequences. The crisis is mental illness and no one is immune. Montana is at the epicenter of this crisis demonstrated by the disturbing fact we have the highest suicide rate in the country. The entire state of Montana, with the exception of one sole county, is designated as a mental health professional shortage area. That exception is Yellowstone County and the reason for that exception is Billings Clinic.
For decades, Billings Clinic has been at the forefront of our state’s mental health care. Billings Clinic has consistently and thoughtfully committed resources that have led to the development of the most comprehensive psychiatric program in Montana. We are proud to provide our state’s largest mental health care team with over 180 compassionate and expert staff. Our psychiatric hospital facility is the largest in the state for acute psychiatric care and provides the only inpatient care in our region for children with serious mental health conditions. Billings Clinic’s Behavioral Health Clinic is also the largest provider of outpatient psychiatric care in Montana. Despite this serious, sustained investment, we are able to address only a fraction of our region’s serious mental health needs.
Your support of the 2016 Classic will benefit Psychiatric Services at Billings Clinic. Imagine much needed facilities expansions, including construction of an Emergency Crisis Stabilization Unit to better serve patients with urgent psychiatric needs. Participate in growing an endowment to help sustain visionary and innovative programs to improve access and delivery of mental health care across our region and state. Empower our staff with ongoing education to implement best practices in caring for patients with mental health conditions.
Through early intervention, expert care and removing the stigma of mental illness, Billings Clinic is working hard to bring hope to thousands of Montanans struggling with mental illness. Our psychiatry team is committed to providing high quality care by advocating for mental health care reform, continuing to work toward collaborative solutions to alleviate our state’s serious shortage of psychiatrists and introducing innovative treatment models for the best patient outcomes possible. Thank you for your support of this worthy effort.
2016 Classic Volunteer Opportunities
Please call Robyn Marchant in Billings Clinic Volunteer Services at 406-657-4200 for information about volunteering for the 2015 Classic.
2016 Classic Tickets
Tickets for the 2016 Classic are now available. For more information, please contact Billings Clinic Foundation at 406-657-4670 for details, inquiries and sponsorship opportunities.