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May 14, 2007 - "Steaks & Sticks" Golf Tournament

What: Third Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting children of Third Way Center

Where: Lakewood Country Club and Ruth's Chris Steak House

When: Monday, May 14, 2007

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Sponsorships ranging from $2,750 to $10,000

Beneficiary: Third Way Center

Host(s): Ruth's Chris Steak House

Master of Ceremonies: Rich Goins (The "G" Man) from 103.5 The Fox

EMCEE: Rich (The G-Man) Goins

Entertainment: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald - Veterinarian / Comedian

Sponsors: Ruth's Chris Steak House, UMB, FootJoy, Nallen's Irish Pub, RG Insulation, Instant Imprints, Third Way Center, Fuji Water, JF Companies, MultiFinancial Securities Corp, ING Companies, My Home Solution, Southern Wine and Spirits.

Auctioneer: Rich Goins (The G-Man)

Quote of the evening: It's all about the kids!

Menu: light buffet lunchoen, steak dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House

Attendance: 140

Attire: Golf attire

Special Thanks: Ruth's Chris Steak House, Level Vodka

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Shrimp cocktail, spring rolls


Event Coordinator: Kate Jordan, Tami Lack

Planning Committee: Heather Fralick, Heidi Coughlio, Kate Jordan

Board of Directors: William Matthews, President; Marilyn Dana, Secretary; Mark Messenbaugh, Treasurer; David Eisner, Robert Fanch, Joel Farkas, Gary Gray, Sally Johnston, Hildegard Messenbaugh

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Left to Right: Former Bronco Ken Lanier, Mike Rosen (85 KOA - sports announcer and columnist), Jay Kisskalt (ESPN Radio) and Steve Gottsegen (weekend sports anchor, KMGH 7News Denver)
Left to Right: Former Bronco Ken Lanier, Mike Rosen (85 KOA - sports announcer and columnist), Jay Kisskalt (ESPN Radio) and Steve Gottsegen (weekend sports anchor, KMGH 7News Denver)

By Howie Grapek

The third annual "Steaks & Sticks" golf tournament was held on Monday, May 14, 2007. This is a very high-end, prestigious event where every foursome is a sponsor. The goal was to have a fabulous day of golf and an incredible dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House -- while raising big money for Third Way Center. It's all about the kids!

Everyone appreciated the beautiful “springtime in the Rockies” afternoon at one of Denver’s oldest private country clubs - the Lakewood Country Club. The day started with a lunch buffet at 11:30, cocktails and a shotgun start promptly at 1:00 p.m. Infinity of Denver offered the prize of a brand new car to anyone making a hole in one. There were awards given for the best individual golf score. A surprise gift was given to the highest score.

It was a day filled with fun and sun. The rains stayed away until dinner time. Level Vodka, ice-cold mojoitos with Bacardi Rum, and Fiji Water were on hand to help keep the golfers cool on the typical Colorado spring day where temperatures were in the 70s. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in LoDo rolled out the red carpet to benefit Third Way Center for dinner. Patrons were treated to a fantastic dinner after the event, starting with jumbo shrimp and spring rolls, followed by Ruth’s Chris signature salad and a few choices for the entrée, including Filet Oscar and New York Strip. The dinner was completed with crème brulee and chocolate cake.

Wine and cigars were provided by Southern Wine & Spirits. The wine continued to flow all night. Some new and some old friends of Third Way Center gathered at the golf course and at Ruth’s Chris Steak House for dinner. Some of the notables in attendance were Michael Floorwax (from the Lewis and Floorwax morning show) and Rich Goins (The G-Man from 103.5 The Fox), several former Denver Broncos including Leroy Mitchell, Jack Gehrke, Billy Van Heusen, Fran Lynch and Ken Lanier. Also in attendance were Mike Rosen (85KOA - sports announcer and Rocky Mountain News columnist), Jay Kisskalt (ESPN Radio sports announcer) and Steve Gottsegen (weekend sports anchor, KMGH 7News). Entertainment was provided by Denver's own veterinarian and comedian, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald.

Third Way Center was established in 1970, first as an overnight shelter for runaway teens. It has since grown into one of Denver's largest and most highly respected treatment programs. Currently, Third Way Center operates four licensed residential childcare facilities, including Denver's only licensed treatment program for teen mothers and a nationally recognized HUD treatment program for emancipated teens. Third Way Center provides a full continuum of residential treatment services within a community-based and de-institutionalized setting. These comprehensive programs include: individual, group and family therapy; drug and alcohol abuse treatment; redirecting sexual aggression treatment; transitional housing; independent living skills training; nutritional counseling; an alternative school for residents with intensive testing and tutoring, GED preparation classes; vocational guidance and recreational activities.

Keeping in tradition with previous year's events, the day's tournament and the evening's dinner were "par for the course," excellent in all ways and easily accomplishing the initial goal. The silent auction with sports memorabilia like signed footballs and basketballs, vacation offerings and wines helped raise an additional few thousand dollars. Approximately $25,000 was raised during today's event in total to benefit the children of Third Way Center.

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