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September 16, 2004 - Lutheran Family Services 11th Annual Golf Classic

What: Morning shotgun start

Where: Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen

When: September 13, 2004

Time: 7:30 am

Ticket Prices: $150 for individual player

Beneficiary: Lutheran Family Services of Colorado

Mistress of Ceremonies: Julie Swanson, Director of Program Developement

EMCEE: 7NEWS Anchor Mike Landess

Presenting Sponsor(s): Smith & Company PMSI, Standard Insurance, Adolphson & Peterson and Deep Rock Water

Welcome: Jane Pope-Meehan Director of Development

Libations: Hiwan Golf Club

Catering: Hiwan Golf Club

Sponsors: Tools for Bending, FirstBank of Lakewood, Robert and Judi Newman, Thrivent Financial, Tom & Kim Monson, Margot & Allan Frank, FirstBank of Wheatridge, Staubach & Company, Kuni Lexus, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Marty Hutt's Golf Headquarters

Attendance: 125

Attire: Country Club golf attire

Special Thanks: Hiwan Golf Club, Paul Rodriguez-Paul Rodriguez Creative, Bethany Lutheran Church and all the volunteers who made the event a success and all the players for choosing to support Lutheran Family Services of Colorado, and to the volunteers: John Akers, Debbie Akers, Deb Coates, Sarah Coates, Danielle Corriveau, Karen Goeglein, Paul Goeglein, Carl Hansen, Rev. Don Hinchey, Margaret Hinchey, Mary Hunt, Doyle Lott, Kay Luttinen, Jerry Miller, Kirsten Nelson, Bob Smith, Valerie Watkins, Darcy Williams

Donors: Black Gold-Sports Memorabilia, Robert & Judi Newman, Champs Restaurant, David Bretzlaef, Deer Creek Golf Club, Denver Municipal Golf Courses, Eagle Trace Golf Course, Englewood Golf Course, Hiwan Golf Course, International Optique INC., Inverness, Omni Interlocken, Qdoba, Qwest-Peter Kirchhof, Solvista Golf Course, The Links, Thorncreek Golf Course and Yanni's-A Greek Tavern

Event Coordinator: Michelle Livermont Coordinator of Special Events and Church Relations

Planning Committee: Laurie Anderson, Tom Coates, Don Filegar, Michael Fisher, Steve Hart, Fred Jauch, Dan Launsberry, Gail Luttinen, Walt Meyer, Jerry Miller, David Okes, Dick Watkins and John Burman

Board of Directors: Ms. Arlen Avischious, Mr. Dan Bacon, Rev. Rick Barger, Ms. Betty Boyd, Rev. Joyce Dennison, Mr. Wilbur Flachman, Rev. Don Hinchey, Ms. Nancy Iiams, Mr. Greg Johnson, Dr. Jane Kercher, M.D., Ms. Judi Newman, Mr. Jerry Paul, Rev. Tim Runtsch, Mr. John Samuelson, Mr. Earle Solomonson, Rev. Wayne Weissenbuehler, Mr. Terry C. Weverstad and Mr. Les Woodward

 Jane Pope-Meehan-Director of Development with volunteers Mary Hunt and Valerie Watkins and Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Livermont
Jane Pope-Meehan-Director of Development with volunteers Mary Hunt and Valerie Watkins and Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Livermont
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LFS, The Lutheran Family Services of Colorado, was blessed Monday the 13th with a perfect day for golfing; there were clear skies with just a few scuttling clouds. The Hiwan Golf Club is a gem in the foothills of Evergreen, surrounded by luxury homes and rolling meadows.

Golf can be a confusing game and the rules hard to learn. In golf someone can have a good handicap, and spending the day on the greens is what they long for. In life things can be a lot different; a handicap is usually nothing to brag about except when it is overcome, and spending the day on the green may mean sleeping in the park. On the plus side in life, as in golf, getting a lot of strokes is a good thing.

The Lutheran Family Services programs: Pregnancy Counseling, Adoption, Family Preservation, Foster Care, Fostering Family Strength, Refugee and Asylee Services and Senior Care Management have been helping people for a long time. Lutheran Family Services reaches out to people, with love and compassion, from before birth to well into seniority. The people involved are giving, high energy individuals who know that sometimes all that is needed to turn a tragedy into a miracle is a helping hand.

At Hiwan Golf Club the tournament participants added their support in a most agreeable fashion. When they were done playing they were greeted to a simple yet filling meal at the clubhouse. Golfers may be quiet on the greens, but give them food and drink and a place to talk about the day’s endeavors and they become a rowdy bunch. Julie Swanson, Vice President of Program Services at LFS, had her hands full gaining their attention. When she did, however, she welcomed them and asked that they acknowledge some of the people who made the event possible : Earle Solomonson, Judi Newman, Greg Johnson and Rev. Don Hinchey and, secondly, the 2004 golf committee: Laurie Anderson, Tom Coates, Don Filegar, Michael Fisher, Steve Hart, Fred Jauch, Dan Launsberry, Gail Luttinen, Walt Meyer, Jerry Miller, David Okes, Dick Watkins and John Burman.

Julie said one of the good parts of her job is seeing how LFS transforms lives and also said that participation in the golf tournament is also participating in transforming lives. She related one story among many that illustrated the power of LFS program: Julie told of a young woman with two toddlers and a set of infant twins who were sick. The young woman was overwhelmed and felt the best thing for her children was to put them up for adoption. LFS offered the woman the support and relief she needed to consider her options more clearly and free of stress.

LFS placed the children in foster care and addressed their health and educational challenges. In the end they were served by the Open Adoption Program, which gives the mother inclusion into the selection of adopted parents. Julie said, “I want you to know that the portion of your check that goes to our programs is transforming peoples lives."

Julie then introduced Mike Landess, 7NEWS Anchor and two-time Emmy Award winning newscaster. Mike praised and chided the golfers for taking time out of their week to be doing “something that all of you love to do and doing it for a really terrific organization.”

Mike acquainted the group with how he became aware of LFS when the station he was with in El Paso was developing a “Tuesday’s Child” program and Lutheran Family Services of Colorado stepped in to connect him with a similar organization in El Paso. Twenty-three years later he received an email from the now adult adopted child saying how grateful he and his sister were for Mike’s help. “It just goes to show that you never really know the ways in which you touch people’s lives,” Mike said. “Whether through television, participating in a charity golf event or as a Lutheran Family Services volunteer, what you do means a great deal to someone else.”

Mike then called out the names of all the volunteers at the tournament: John Akers, Debbie Akers, Deb Coates, Sarah Coates, Danielle Corriveau, Karen Goeglein, Paul Goeglein, Carl Hansen, Rev. Don Hinchey, Margaret Hinchey, Mary Hunt, Doyle Lott, Kay Luttinen, Jerry Miller, Kirsten Nelson, Bob Smith, Valerie Watkins and Darcy Williams , before introducing the chairman of the board of directors for LFS and managing partner for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Earle Solomonson.

Earle thanked the players, saying that the gap between government funding and private funding is widening, so, “thank you for stepping up and helping us to be able to serve the children of Colorado.” He then acknowledged the event sponsor Smith & Company PMSI, Standard Insurance, Adolphson & Peterson and Deep Rock Water and the hole sponsor, Margot & Allan Frank, FirstBank of Wheatridge, Staubach & Company, Kuni Lexus, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Marty Hutt's Golf Headquarters, FirstBank of Lakewood, Tools for Bending, Robert and Judi Newman, Thrivent Financial and Tom & Kim Monson. Earle also reminded everyone that because LFS has qualified for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit, every donation to Lutheran Family Services is creditable at 50 cents on the dollar towards Colorado income tax.

Finally the time had come to announce the winners of the tournament. Jane-Pope Meehan began by introducing herself as the new director of development and introducing her successor as events coordinator Michelle Livermont. Some of the tournament winners were, for first place men’s: Matt Clemo, Darren O’Shea, Steve Smith and Mike Shores; first place women’s: Carol Schumacher, Bonnie Sondrol, Sue Jorgensen and Kathryn Ake; second place men’s: Tom Coates, Kevin Fitzgerald, Rich Allison, John Sedbrook; third place men's: Bill Fisher, Terry Jeddeloh, Don Berthiaume and Murray Dow. And, the winner of the Church Cup was Bethany Lutheran.

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