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Driving for dwellings

Carolyn Pope/Special to the Daily

For many people in the valley, sunshine and a day of golf are about as good as it gets. At Red Sky Ranch, last week, it was about that great.

Not only was it fun for the participants, but the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity reaped the benefits of the fun as golfers anted up to play the course. They had their day of golf and Habitat walked away some much-needed funds.

“I had the opportunity to play Red Sky and the Greg Norman course, and support Habitat for Humanity – that’s a combination you can’t beat,” said Bob Rulon, one of the golfers who participated.

Two foursomes walked away with some great prizes. John Haerter, Rob Haney, T.K. Klein and Erik Petrik had the lowest gross score. The team of Whitney and Vicki Ward and John and Vicky Garnsey had the combined lowest net score.

They were handed gift certificates to Mirabelle, Grouse Mountain Grille, Sweet Basil and the Left Bank.

After the golfers came off the course, they were served a barbecue spread and donor Jim Thompson was honored for his generosity and time. He was given a carved bear, a bag of peanuts and a can of paint, in reference to a bear that made itself at home in his house a while back.

Then, with the coaching of Vail Daily Publisher Steve Pope, they were coerced into throwing in a few more bucks to help build a house. From Beaver Creek’s John Garnsey adding on an additional $600 to pay for wood, to boxes of nails for $60, another few thousand dollars were raised to help construct the latest house going in Eagle.

“I’ve done enough construction and development that it’s time to give something back to the community,” said Rick Mueller, who along with wife Rita, have been big supporters of Habitat over the years. Rita organized a women’s group who pounded nails and Rick came on board as an ambassador.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity, call 970-827-4009.

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