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.
2018 Classic Featuring "Jewel"
Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, author, mother and advocate. She went from a girl who grew up in Alaska with no running water, to a homeless teenager in San Diego, to an award winning, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist who released one of the best-selling debuts of all times. Through her career, which has spanned over 20 years, she has earned multiple Grammy Award nominations, an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award among many others and to date has sold well in excess of 30 million albums worldwide.
Jewel’s versatile music career has spanned seven studio albums ranging in genre from pop, folk and country and has had 23 hit singles. The progression and variety of Jewel’s albums is due largely in part to mentor’s Bob Dylan and Neil Young who impressed upon her with their advice to take risks and make music she is authentically interested in. Jewel’s second album Spirit showcased an entirely different feel than first album, Pieces of You. Rock-leaning, This Way, came next which then transitioned to the Dance-Pop that encompassed 0304. Next, Jewel explored country with beautiful lyrics and melody. She debuted #1 in the country charts with her first country effort. Always a story-teller, combining poetry and melody, Jewel’s body of works speak for themselves.
2018 Billings Clinic Classic Information
Check out the schedule of events for this year's Billings Clinic Classic!
Dates for the 2018 Classic
- Friday, August 17: Women's Golf Tournament at Laurel Golf Club, 8:30 am Shot Gun Start - Scramble format
- Thursday, August 23: Open Golf Tournament at the Powder Horn Country Club in Sheridan, WY, 10:00 am Shot Gun Start - Shamble format
- Friday, August 24: Open Golf Tournament at Laurel Golf Club and Open Golf Tournament at Briarwood Country Club, 8:30 am Shot Gun Start - Shamble format
- Saturday, August 25: Classic Concert and Street Party, Festivities begin at 5:30 pm
* golf tournament formats, location, and start times still tentative
2018 Classic Cause
Imagine the overwhelming sorrow of being told your 15-month-old baby has a serious genetic disease with no chance of treatment or cure? This was the heartbreaking news Gale and Stephanie Heising received when their son Jayden was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA 2), a rare, often fatal, disease affecting muscle strength and movement. But in December of 2016, hope was finally on the horizon. The FDA fast-tracked approval for the first treatment for SMA2, a drug called Spinraza. Billings Clinic’s pediatric specialty medicine care team sprang into action to ensure Jayden was a candidate. Their hope — this new drug therapy would improve Jayden’s muscle strength and slow the disease’s progression. This January, the Heising family rejoiced at a sight they thought they would never witness. Jayden, at the age of four, took his first step.
The Heising family’s journey underlies the critical importance of pediatric specialty care to our region and state. With the nearest full-service children’s hospital 550 miles away, local access to specialized care for medically-complex children is vital. To offer the advanced care these children need, Billings Clinic has built the state’s most comprehensive team of outstanding pediatric specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, dieticians, and therapists to provide the expertise required to care for these children and their families — close to home.
This summer, Billings Clinic Foundation will embark on a $4 million Pediatric Specialty Care Initiative in support of the courageous babies and kids who require advanced care. This effort includes expansion of the overcrowded pediatric specialty medicine clinic, upgrades to the neonatal intensive care unit, and advancement of our pediatric telehealth program enabling families to receive follow-up care in their home communities. Funds raised will also strengthen the pediatric endowments. Interest earnings from these endowments provide ongoing support to advance care innovation and provide patient assistance during some of the most trying times in a family’s life. Proceeds from the 2018 Classic will be dedicated toward this worthy initiative.
2018 Classic Volunteer Opportunities
Please call Billings Clinic Volunteer Services at 406-657-4200 for information about volunteering for the Classic.
2018 Classic Tickets
To purchase tickets for the 2018 Classic, please contact Billings Clinic Foundation at 406-657-4670.