High Fives Foundation sets fundraising record, brings in $50,000 with golf tourney | VailDaily.com

High Fives Foundation sets fundraising record, brings in $50,000 with golf tourney

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COPPER — The weather shifted from drizzling to dazzling during the High Fives Foundation Colorado Charity Golf Tournament on Aug. 30, and the nonprofit raised $50,000 — an all-time record for High Fives golf tournaments.

Money raised goes toward the organization's support of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness and resources to those who suffer life-altering injuries.

"This year's event was phenomenal because the people of Colorado take care of their own," said Roy Tuscany, executive director of the High Fives Foundation. "Everyone was here to raise money so that something like an injury won't stop our athletes from being outdoors and doing what we love to do."

Throughout the day at Copper Creek Golf Course there was an array of on-course challenges, including longest drive, the flop wall competition, baseball bat longest drive and the $1 million hole-in-one competition.

"When you put so many fun people together on a beautiful course for a great cause, you're bound to have fun, but this was off the charts," said Beth Pappas, of the Vail Recreation District. "To watch some of their athletes overcome their injuries and participate in the tournament is so inspiring, and I was so honored to be a part of it."

Derek and Beth Pappas took home the Not My Town Award.

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Tuscany started the High Fives Foundation in 2009 after his mountain community helped support him through the recovery process of his own injury. Now, he's replicated that process for 114 athletes in 23 states.

The nonprofit hosts golf tournaments in California, Vermont and Colorado.

At the Colorado tournament, the $13,500 raised in the silent auction was matched dollar for dollar by the Foundation For Greater Good, encouraging participants to bid knowing their money would be doubled for the cause.

For more information about the High Fives Foundation, visit http://www.highfives foundation.org.