High Altitude Society: Summit Melanoma Golf Tournament raises funds to support Sun Bus project | VailDaily.com

High Altitude Society: Summit Melanoma Golf Tournament raises funds to support Sun Bus project

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society

On Sunday, Aug. 21, the second-annual Summit Melanoma Golf Tournament, presented by Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge Dermatology, took place on the Valley Course at The Club at Cordillera, raising funds for melanoma awareness and research. The proceeds from the tournament will support the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and the Colorado Melanoma Foundation, both nonprofit organizations, for research, education, prevention and treatment of this disease.

On this gorgeous afternoon, golfers were treated to spectacular mountain vistas from the Valley Course and Clubhouse. There was an amazing silent auction with incredible dermatological and health services and products, including a sunscreen and skincare gift bag and several auction items from ThriveMD. In addition, there was a Titleist Pro V1 raffle to win a stunning ruby necklace; $100 bought you a sleeve of Pro V1 golf balls. Inside one sleeve was a pink ball. Whoever got the pink ball won the ruby necklace.

With the generous support of sponsors and teams, the Summit Melanoma Golf Tournament has been able to make a donation of more than $50,000 for both the 2015 and 2016 events. Karen Nern, M.D., and her team at Vail, Aspen and Breckenridge Dermatology were positive and upbeat on this special occasion to help raise funds for an important cause.

"We had a lot of fun," Nern said. "It is such a great event, and we were able to raise over $50,000 for the Sun Bus, which will be a mobile classroom that will provide free education and cancer screenings once it is fully funded."

The Colorado Melanoma Foundation works with Nern to host the tournament and has a mission to increase local Colorado efforts of melanoma prevention, screening, new patient services and research. In order to educate Colorado on sun safety and melanoma awareness, they have created the Sun Bus concept. This is a mobile classroom outfitted with ultraviolet cameras, measuring devices, educational activities and demonstrations and flyers and videos that will teach children and adults around the state at various events and schools about the basics of sun safety and melanoma.

For more information, visit http://www.vaildermatology.com and http://www.comelfound.org.

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Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.