High Altitude Society: Golf event raises money for kids’ recreation
Storms threatened, but even potential lightning wasn’t enough to quell the cadre of superheroes that descended on the Vail Golf Club on Sept. 5. The annual “Businesses, Bogeys and Bragging Rights” benefited the Tom Slaughter, Jr. Memorial Youth Recreation Grant. The course was full of businesses and individuals, several costumed as superheroes, looking for a fun day on the links while helping the Vail Recreation District’s Youth Programs. After the outing, chef David Sanchez prepared a spread of food for the golfers.
The grant program serves as a memorial to Vail Valley resident Tom Slaughter, Jr., who enjoyed endless recreational opportunities in the valley. The grant awards funds to school-aged children who need financial support to participate in VRD youth programs. The VRD partnered with the VCBA for the tournament as an opportunity to bring the community together for a spirited day of golf, celebrating a successful summer and contributing to the development of the Vail Valley’s youth.
The Tom Slaughter, Jr. Memorial Grant Program began in 1997 and provides youth with opportunities to participate in day and sport camps, gymnastics, golf, basketball and other programs in Vail. Each year, the VRD awards approximately $20,000 in cash and in-kind services to children in Eagle County through its Eagle County Youth Activities Grant and the Tom Slaughter, Jr. Memorial Grant programs. These programs have helped hundreds of local youth get outside, learn, grow and recreate. Last year’s golf tournament hosted 32 teams and raised more than $20,000, which will be used this year and in the future.
“Last year’s tournament was incredibly successful and showed how the local community can come together for a great cause,” said VRD Executive Director Mike Ortiz. “We pride ourselves in providing amazing learning opportunities for the young and young at heart. We’re excited to partner with the VCBA for the sixth summer and offer our community an opportunity to celebrate our local children.”
Youth programs are a mainstay of the recreation district, which involve a plethora of activities aside from sports, including arts and crafts, mad scientists and eco-fun.
For more information on the programs offered by the Vail Recreation District for adults and kids, visit their website at vailrec.com.