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August 14, 2006 - Aurora Mental Health looks foreward

What: 14th annual

Where: Murphy Creek Golf Course

When: Monday, August 14, 2006

Time: 7:00 a.m. registration; 7:30 shotgun start

Ticket Prices: $95 per player

Beneficiary: Aurora Vistas volunteers of Aurora Mental Health Center

EMCEE: Heather Dolan

Executive Director: Dr. Randy Stith

Welcome: Sandy Sweeney

Catering: Murphy Creek Golf Club

Sponsors: Lunch sponsors: First Bank Holding Co., Arapahoe/ Douglas Mental Health Network; breakfast and beverage: Citywide Banks; goodie bags: Colorado Discount Golf; Gold: Community Reach Center, Behavioral Healthcare Inc., EON Office Products; Silver: Cindy Jaster, Space Age Federal Credit Union, Vernon Stith Memorial; Iron: Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Larry Grandison, Karen Springer; Bronze: Adolphson & Peterson Construction, All American Window & Siding, Cooney Assoc., Priorities 21, Ruth Ryan, Metro Community Providers Network

Menu: grilled teriaki chicken, hamburgers, pasta salads, fruit platter

Attendance: 100+

Attire: golf

Board of Directors: Sandy Sweeney, President; Kevin Hougen, Vice President; Larry Grandison, Treasurer; Karen Springer, Secretary; Board Members: Linda Ashburn,Todd Elliot, Cindy Jaster, Anne Robinson, June Smigel.

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Community Reach Center's Bruce Vezina, left, with Paul Siska, Margaret Carpenter (who won longest putt for women) and Terry Humbargar.
Community Reach Center's Bruce Vezina, left, with Paul Siska, Margaret Carpenter (who won longest putt for women) and Terry Humbargar.

It was a bright, sunny, breezy day and golfers were found looking for balls in the rough and generally having a good time at the 14th annual "Fore Our Kids" golf tournament to benefit Aurora Mental Health Center on August 14.

Orchestrated by volunteer organization Aurora Vistas, the tournament at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora proved to be a challenging and entertaining one.

The event was a best ball scramble, taking the best-positioned ball from each tee shot and playing from there. Each team was found enjoying the outdoor vistas and comments were continually heard that generally resound from most golf courses: "that shot wasn't quite what I had in mind."

After a morning on the course, supporters gathered for a delicious barbeque lunch expertly prepared by Murphy Creek chefs and sponsored by First Bank Holding Co. and Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. Coordinator Heather Dolan took the microphone to welcome and thank everyone, then Vistas board president Sandy Sweeney gave award plaques to sponsors that were designed by Aurora Mental Health kids. Heather's daughter Lauren Manzo did a superb job drawing some of the designs on the plaques. Along with the winning teams for men's and mixed foursomes, awards were given to longest drive, longest putt, and most lost balls for a player (that distinction went to Brent Christiansen, although his team recovered to win first place in the mixed foursome category.) The festivities were rounded out by some wonderful silent auction offerings, including golf packages and signed sports memorabelia and posters.

An enjoyable time was had by all, but more importantly, funds were raised for the kids with mental health needs at Aurora Mental Health Center.

Aurora Vistas is a volunteer- run foundation dedicated to raising both awareness and financial support for children and families with mental health needs at Aurora Mental Health Center since 1987.

Aurora Mental Health serves clients in Aurora, Bennett, Strasburg and Watkins. Services are provided by 15 specialty clinics, located in seven counseling and specialized service centers and six residential facilities. Services also are provided in public schools, two county departments of human services, in homes and foster homes, and at other community locations. Bilingual services are provided. In 1999, the Aurora Mental Health Center was named the best community mental health center in Colorado by State Mental Health Services and consistently ranks among the best. For more information, log on to

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