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August 20, 2007 - Bonfils Tournament Aims to Draw Blood

What: Bonfils 4th Annual Chip in for Life Golf Tournament

Where: Glenmoor Country Club, Cherry Hills Village

When: Monday August 20, 2007

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Beneficiary: programs and services by Bonfils Blood Center Foundation

Host(s): Glenmoor Country Club

EMCEE: Tom Puckett, President, Bonfils

Committee Members: Dan Macey, Shauna Levinson, Leslie Strate

Speaker: Michael Lees, blood recipient

Catering: Glenmoor Country Club

Of note: Mark Bronstein (LeaderBoard) and David Lissy for audio-visuals and photography, and from Glenmoor: C.J. Perry (Golf Head Pro) , Steve Beach, Lynelle Knight

Sponsors: Title Sponsor: Key Bank; Platinum Sponsor: Global Med Technologies; Gold Sponsors: 1st National Bank of Colorado, Saunders Construction, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics; Silver Sponsors: AlloSource, Gambro BCT, H+ L Architecture, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, Pinnacol Assurance, Public Service Credit Union, St. Anthony Health Foundation, Stericycle, Sunshine Building Maintenance Inc., Terumo Medical Corporation, Therapak; Breakfast Sponsor: Fredrick Ross Company; Golf Cart Sponsor: American National Bank; Hole-in-One Sponsor: Murray Motor Imports Company; Luncheon Sponsor: CHIRON - A Novartis Business; Printing Sponsor: Hotchkiss, Inc., Commercial Printing; Photography Sponsor: W.G. Nielsen & Co.; Pin Flag Sponsor: Brown & Tedstrom, Inc.

Auctioneer: Tom Puckett

Quote of the evening: Is this Sanctuary?

Menu: Spring greens salad, Italian pasta salad, pork roast with cranberries, turkey with gravy, baked potatoes, brownies

Attendance: 144

Attire: golf casual

Special Thanks: Deann Myer from Merrill Lynch, for help organizing the tournament

Event Coordinator: Pam Hamilton of Event Ovations

Blacktie Photos by: M. Darcy


 Guy Goodeneow, Herb White, Rich Pettis and Edward Martinez from Public Service Credit Union
Guy Goodeneow, Herb White, Rich Pettis and Edward Martinez from Public Service Credit Union

Michael Lees was your average transplanted Coloradan, an Aussie who enjoyed the exciting outdoor sports this state has to offer. He regularly took his family up into the mountains for skiing, mountain biking and hiking. “You never know when it’s your turn,” he said. Meaning, you never know when a freak accident, like the bike crash that had him air-lifted to the hospital, is going to happen and you’ll need blood – lots of it. “Blood is liquid life,” he testified to 144 golfers on August 20, who had all come to support the Bonfils Blood Center.

Lees was the guest speaker at the 4th Annual Chip In for Life Golf Tournament held at the Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village. His injury crushed his spleen, broke several ribs and left him with undiagnosed internal bleeding, which would have killed him. If it hadn’t been for donors, like many of those gathered for the tournament, Lees’ family would be without a father.

Tom Puckett, President of Bonfils, had some sobering statistics: Only 4% of the American population donates blood, but 97% of us will use it sometime in our life. Maybe sooner than you think; every two seconds someone needs blood. Thankfully, Bonfils is there, supplying blood and blood products to 200 hospitals in Colorado and beyond. This year's Tournament participants raised $115,000 for the Center to pay for things like equipment to test and separate blood, and those handy buses that let you easily donate at work.

“The Tournament is a fun way to make a difference and keeps me away from conference calls,” one player joked. Golfers enjoyed the challenging links of Glenmoor Country Club and a luncheon feast sponsored by Chiron, a Novartis business. Turkey, roast pork with cranberries, spring greens salad and a zesty pasta salad, plus huge baked potatoes with all the fixings staunched everyone’s hunger pangs.

Leslie Strate from Bonfils awarded silver trophies and gift bags to the following winners: Closest to the Pin: Rhett Rowe and Linda Lautenbach; Longest Putt: Steve Sehnert; Longest Drive: Joy Hiraki and Luis Ramirez; 3rd Place Team: Reglera (scored 60); 2nd Place Team: 1st National Bank (58); 1st Place Team: Therapak (57). Kari Rajaniemi just missed a hole in one by an inch and a half, which is still impressive. He didn’t win the car, but he did get a Starbuck’s giftbag.

Tom Puckett live-auctioned a foursome to The Sanctuary Golf Course for $2,000. On the silent auction block were theatre tickets, a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, a print signed by Chuck Yeager with membership to the Air and Space Museum, an Odyssey 35” whitehot 2-ball putter and a Tommy Armour golf bag, to name a few items. The funniest remark of the day was, “Is this Sanctuary?”

All jokes aside, donating blood could be sanctuary to someone, maybe someone you love. It doesn’t take much time to have an accident. Luckily, it doesn’t take much time to save a life. If you’d like to become a donor, find out how and where by clicking on: http://www.bonfils.org/ or call 303-341-4000.

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