Chipping in for the children |

Chipping in for the children

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope

A couple of themes flowed through several fund-raising events this past year, proving that it is lucrative to strike while the trends are hot.

During the summer, golf scrambles and tournaments helped aid various charities in the valley – and certainly, a fine accompaniment to a good day on the greens is a glass of the grape. And with that, wine tastings were also easy to find as a way to raise funds as well as awareness for many organizations in town.

Last week, both came together to help the Family Learning Center in Edwards. The Family Learning Center is a nonprofit organization that provides quality care for 120 children per day, from 6-weeks-old to 5-years-old. The center also provides affordable and quality early education that is actually below cost.

Radio Personality Diana Honey loves to help out when kids are involved and you’ll see her volunteering her time at many events when the county’s youth benefit.

“The Family Learning Center is there to help the community and the kids,” she said. “Kids today will decide our future tomorrow.”

Many sponsors jumped in to help out with the tournament, including title sponsors Vail Resorts and Red Sky Ranch Golf Club. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage sponsored the reception after the tournament and none other than volunteer of the year Barbara Treat chaired the shindig. Doug Fugate of Small Vineyards and Rick Orrison of Orrison Distributing generously donated the wine and beer for the occasion.

The winning team consisted of Terry O’Connor, Ben Bockin and Matt Fletcher, followed closely by Jeff Koch, Bob Rulon, Rollie Kjesbo and David Stueber. The team of Mark Bryant, John Buxman, Mike Fox and David Young finished third.

Also seen carrying their clubs: Kathy and Vince Cook, Tony O’Rourke, John Garnsey, Stephen Saldanha, Helen and Chris Edwards, and Vickie and Jim Douras.

For more information on how you can help out with the Family Learning Center, please call 970-926-7070.

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