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Kickball fund-raiser seeks nominations

Christine Ina Casillas

All nominations for the Evans Chaffee Construction Group’s second kickball classic and pancake breakfast fund-raiser must be submitted by May 30 to the following address:

ECCG

Attn: Fund-raiser nominations

P.O. Box 8266

Avon, CO 81621

The childhood game of kickball has taken a new, somewhat more-serious meaning. That’s because the game will be played this summer to raise funds for local organizations that support women and children.

Eagle-Vail’s Evans Chaffee Construction Group, sponsor of the Kickball Classic, is asking residents to nominate the organizations that will be the beneficiaries of the tournament, slated for August 23 at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion.

“We would like to support another group who supports women and children in the valley,” said Jeanette McMurtry, a principal with The McMurtry Group and spokeswoman for Evans Chaffee Construction Group. “If there’s an organization that we don’t know about who supports women and children, we’re hoping that they come forward.”

The kickball tournament, first held last summer, was created to raise funds for local organizations serving women and children in need of health and human services, such as the Eagle County women’s shelter she said. The sponsors ask that all who write letters suggesting nominees explain the benefit the organization provides and how it could benefit by being part of the fund-raiser.

Responses are limited to 150 words and organizations also should describe how the funds will be used, and document their valid need for resources, money, supplies or volunteers.

“We’re trying to keep it open as far as who we help,” said Michele Evans, president of Evans Chaffee Construction Group. “Who can we best help and who will benefit the most from it?”

Last year’s beneficiary was Freedom Ranch, the Eagle County Women and Children’s Shelter.

“We were involved in the construction of the women’s shelter,” Evans said. “At the end of the project, they needed some additional help. We decided to do a pancake breakfast and include a kickball contest as a fun thing for everybody, as well.”

The event raised several thousand dollars for the shelter, McMurtry said.

But kickball? The idea apparently surfaced at a rehearsal dinner for Evans’ wedding – kickball was played.

“We had so much fun after the rehearsal dinner that I thought it would be a great idea to do it at the pancake breakfast,” Evans said.

And the tournament became a success.

The first kickball classic last year drew 16 teams, but Evans Chaffee is hopeful that it will double this year to 36. Vail Valley businesses and individuals organize kickball teams of eight people which compete in a championship tournament.

“We were completely sold out on teams last year,” Evans said. “And we ran out of food at the pancake breakfast.”

As a female owner of a construction company, Evans said she wants to concentrate on helping the women and children of Eagle County.

“We spent a number of weekends down at Freedom Ranch, and we really wanted to do something that benefits women and children of the county,” said Beth Christie of Evans Chaffee Construction Group. “We just didn’t know how to go about doing a fund raiser. But it really worked out with the pancake breakfast and kickball tournament.”

The organization selected as the 2003 beneficiary will be required to participate in the tournament, McMurtry said.

“By the end of the tournament last year, it was just a bunch of old construction guys who made it to the finals against a group of young soccer kids,” Evans said, laughing. “As much work as it was in the beginning – losing track of why you’re doing it – it all comes back in the end.”

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at ccasillas@vaildaily.com.


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