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August 01, 2005 - Bonfils golfers see Brown...Elk, that is

What: Bonfils Blood Center Foundation Annual Golf Tournament

Where: Hiwan Golf and Country Club, Evergreen

When: August 1, 2005

Beneficiary: Bonfils Blood Center Foundation

Gala Chairperson(s): Suzi Stolte, Director of Special Events

President(s): Doug Laub

Of note: This this the 13TH ANNUAL MERRILL LYNCH CHARITY GOLF INVITATIONAL BENEFITING BONFILS BLOOD CENTER FOUNDATION

Sponsors: The Title Sponsor for this year and the past year is Merrill Lynch, and the Silver Sponsors were Kiewit Western Co. and Saunders Construction Bronze sponfors include: Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, First American State Bank, First Data Corporation, First National Bank of Colorado, Frederick Ross Company, H+L Architecture, Holme Roberts & Owen, Kaiser Permanente, Key Bank, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, St. Anthony Health Foundation, Stericycle, Sunshine Building Maintenance, Tolin Mechanical Systems Co.

Attire: Golf

Information: 303.363.2346 or go online at www.bonfils.org

Board of Directors: Bonfils Blood Center Foundation Board of Trustees, 2004 Officers Chairman James A. Dierker Attorney At Law Secretary/Treasurer Hollie Trow Chief Financial Officer Bonfils Blood Center Members William C. Dickey, M.D. President/Chief Executive Officer Bonfils Blood Center Ben Galloway, M.D. Forensic Pathologist David M. Gilman Chairman and President First National Bank of Colorado Douglas G. Laub President Bonfils Blood Center Foundation Nanine Odell A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. L. William Schmidt, Jr. Attorney at Law

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt


 Kevin Scovel and Ben Garneau with Merrill Lynch
Kevin Scovel and Ben Garneau with Merrill Lynch

Chelsea Wyatt

Not only did the golfers come running to the course at Hiwan Golf and Country Club when they heard that Bonfils Blood Center Foundation was having their annual tournament, but the elk did as well. Only in Evergreen, Colorado can you really get back to nature while practicing on the driving range before the tournament, as wild animals stray onto the green in order to get something to eat. The first day of the month promised to be a beautiful one for all involved, two and four-legged alike.

Thanks to the rigorous planning of the Foundation, and Suzi Stolte, the Director of Special Events, the tournament went off without a hitch. The tournament wouldn't have been possible without the generous involvement and donations of its major sponsors: Title Sponsor Merrill Lynch and Silver Sponsors Kiewit Western Co. and Saunders. Many of the employees from all of these businesses decided to further contribute to the cause by taking up their clubs as well.

After the tournament, players and volunteers alike got to congregate in Hiwan Golf and Country Club's dining room for an awards ceremony and a phenomenal silent auction. Auction items included everything golf, from framed signed photographs of Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods to even signed movie memorabilia from “Caddy Shack!” The silent auction proved that it wasn't only a day for golf, however, plenty of other sports donated to the cause as well. John Elway’s Hall of Fame signed photo, and one from his playing days were both up for auction, and some of the most popular items were from the All Star Basketball game that took place in Denver earlier this year; including a signed game poster and even a autographed piece of the parkay floor!

Many of the golfers who didn't win what they bid on didn't go away empty handed, though. The Foundation gave trophies to the members of the top teams in the tournament, which will definitely be mementos from a hard day's play for years to come.

This was also the chance for the community to give a little something back to a Foundation that has done so much for all of Colorado; everyday they save, improve, or extend the lives of 100 people.

Since 1943, Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Bank has been collecting the most precious resource, blood, and saving lives, in times of peace and war.

Today, Bonfils Blood Center has become an important part of the healthcare system throughout Colorado. It now operates nine community donor centers, serves over 115 statewide healthcare facilities, collects more than 200,000 units of blood every year, and offers a variety of services to better meet the needs of the community, including the Colorado Marrow Donor Program and Laboratories At Bonfils.

To support the Bonfils Blood Center the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation was established in 1995. They provide financial support for many of the organization's life-saving efforts, including the development of Cord Blood Services and numerous transfusion medicine research projects. The Foundation is the fundraising and education arm of Bonfils Blood Center. The Foundation also helps develop and strengthen Bonfils partnerships with the community through the involvement of community leaders, resource development and education.

Funds raised at the tournament help to 1) build community donor centers, 2) buy bloodmobiles and shuttles, 3) purchase state-of the-art equipment to advance blood collection, testing and processing and 4) present education programs that increase awareness about the importance of blood donation. It is possible to donate blood every two months. For information on how to donate, or more information about upcoming events in Denver, call Bonfils Blood Center at 303.363.2346 or go online at www.bonfils.org

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