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Getaway Golf hosts fundraiser for Progress co-owner

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A Springfield businessperson is using his miniature golf venture to help a friend and restaurant owner in town.

All proceeds tomorrow at Getaway Golf, 3833 E. Sunshine St., will go to Progress co-owner Daniel Ernce, who recently was diagnosed with cancer, according to a Facebook post from the mini golf business. John Reinart opened travel destination-themed Getaway Golf in 2017, and Ernce and business partners launched Farmers Park restaurant Progress in 2018, according to past reporting.

"A good friend of mine has recently been diagnosed with cancer, someone I’ve looked up to for a while. You may know him as the owner and head chef at Progress," the Getaway Golf Facebook post reads. "He’s the best chef around, and outside of work he’s one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He and I have always bonded over our mutual dedication to our craft and doing what we love – serving our community. I’m constantly inspired by his work."

All sales tomorrow, including golf course tickets and bar receipts, will go to Ernce, who is slated to undergo chemotherapy treatment, according to the Facebook post.

"After taking some time, going through the various emotions (some positive, some negative), I’ve been inspired to use my platform for good," the post reads.

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