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Businesses, Bogeys golf tourney returns

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VAIL — The Vail Recreation District and Vail Chamber & Business Association will host the third annual Businesses, Bogeys and Bragging Rights community golf tournament on Sept. 15 at the Vail Golf Club to benefit the recreation district’s Tom Slaughter Jr. Memorial Youth Recreation Grant.

The grant program, a memorial to Vail Valley resident Tom Slaughter, Jr., who enjoyed endless recreational opportunities in the valley, is used to award funds to school-aged children who are in need of financial support to participate in district youth programs. The recreation district is partnering with the Vail Chamber for the tournament as an opportunity to bring the community together for a day of golf, celebrate a successful summer and contribute to the development of the Vail Valley’s youth.

The grant program began in 1997 and provides youth with opportunities to participate in district day and sport camps, gymnastics, golf, basketball and other programs in Vail. Each year, the district 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. Last year’s tournament hosted 20 teams and raised an additional $10,734, more than $4,000 more than in 2014, to be used this year and in future years.

“Last year’s tournament was incredibly successful and showed how the local community can come together for a great cause,” Vail Recreation District Executive Director Mike Ortiz said. “We pride ourselves in providing amazing learning opportunities for the young and young at heart. We’re excited to partner with the (chamber) for the third summer and offer our community an opportunity to celebrate our local children.”

Team registration is under way. Cost to participate is $500 per team, including cart. Participants will enjoy food and refreshments, as well as opportunities to compete based on performance, spirit and camaraderie. Mulligans will cost $5 and those who purchase mulligans will be entered into a raffle drawing for a variety of prizes donated by the community. Each golfer will receive a take-home gift created by district youth participants. Following the tournament, an after-party will be held at Los Amigos Restaurant.

Sponsorships available

Sponsorships are also available for businesses, including green and/or tee sponsorship, presenting sponsors, raffle items and silent auction items. According to Alison Wadey, VCBA Executive Director, the event is an opportunity for Vail businesses, their employees and community members to come together and chip in for kids.

“Last year’s tournament brought out many businesses, old and new. This event is a great way to meet and socialize with your neighbors while helping our community’s youth,” Vail Chamber & Business Association Executive Director Alison Wadey said. “We hope this tournament provides a fun way for our businesses, employees and community members to come together at the end of the summer to celebrate how great it is to live and do business in Vail.”

Current partners of the tournament include FirstBank of Vail, Garfinkel’s and Los Amigos. Sponsorship information is available

For more information, call Wadey at 970-477-0075 or Vail Recreation District Marketing and Communications Director Jessie Kleforth at 970-479-2446. For information about the Vail Golf Club, go to

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