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June 11, 2009 - Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Tees It Up

What: Tee It Up for Tech: Boys & Girls Clubs Tournament

Where: Green Valley Ranch Golf Club

When: Thursday, June 11, 2009

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $600- foursome; $2,500 Torch Sponsor; $5,000 Keystone Sponsor; $10,000 Premier Sponsor.

Beneficiary: At Risk Youth

Host(s): Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Executive Director: Steve McConahey, Chairman of the Board

Co-President(s): John Shaw, Vice Chairman

Libations: Beer and bottled water for the 18 holes

Catering: Outback Steakhouse

Sponsors: KEYSTONE SPONSORS: Liberty Global, Lockton Companies; TORCH SPONSORS: Belmar, Davis & Ceriani, Ehrhardt, Keefe, First Western Trust Bank, Hein & Assoc. LLP, Integer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Attendance: Approximately 144 golfers were signed up

Board of Directors: Chairman: John M. Shaw, OPUS Northwest, LLC; Vice-Chairman: Tom O'Donnell, Holland & Hart, LLP; Patricia Baca, Community Leader; Jim Bershof, OZ Architecture; Edward Brown, Merrill Lynch; Linda Campbell, Bread for the Journey of Denver; Kendall Carbone, Suncor Energy USA, Inc.; Max Caulkins, Caulkins Family Foundation; Lori Corless-Kennedy, Wells Fargo; Carl Fitch, Statera; Ken Floyd, Xcel Energy; Sidney Gates, Community Leader; Tim Griggs, FSN Rocky Mountain; Patrick H. Hamill, Oakwood Homes, LLC; James R. Howell, Howell Construction; Dan Igoe, Pure Brand Communications; Lisa Jacoba, Western Union; Brandon Johnson, Johnson Financial Group, LLC; Cindy Kellogg, Denver Broncos Football Club; Jon Kinning, Performance Building Services; Laurie Korneffel, Qwest; Charles Leder, Berenbaum, Weinshienk & Eason, P.C.; Steve McConahey, SGM Capital, LLP; Charles M. McDaniel, Lockton Companies, LLC; Anthony V. Montoya, twodotfive Communications, LLC; Will F. Nicholson, Jr., Retired, US Bank; William O'Connell, Jr., Retired, Lockton Companies, LLC; Marc A. Parker, US Bank; Stuart Pattison, KeyBank-Colorado; Brent Powers, Powers Products Company; Marty Schmitz, Citywide Banks of Colorado, Inc.; Christopher W. Shean, Liberty Media Corporation; Robert M. Shopneck, Pinetree Financial Partners; John D. Strohm, Farrell-Roeh Group, LLC; Karla Tartz, Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP; Michael Touff, M.D.C. Holdings, Inc./Richmond America; Greg Vickers, Jack A. Vickers Foundation; Scott Wylie, First Western Bank

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Ready to roll: Larry Enomoto, left, Jared Peterson, Tim Eunice and Ken Senour
Ready to roll: Larry Enomoto, left, Jared Peterson, Tim Eunice and Ken Senour

Tee It Up for Tech is the annual golf tournament event to raise support for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. The funds raised are used to support technology programs for inner-city kids, and to cover the costs of operating one technology lab, which includes instruction, equipment maintenance and program supplies for one year.

Golfers paid from $600 to $10,000 to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, which was founded in 1961. To date the program serves more than 8,000 young people, 6-18 years old, who live in primarily low income neighborhoods. The clubs provide kids a place to go to learn, do homework, develop social skills, participate in the arts, play sports and provide opportunities to stay fit.

This year's event started off with a bang - thunderous that is. The shotgun start was delayed by an hour due to thunderstorms, cold rain and lightening. Before the downpour, lunch was served outside on the patio of the Green Valley Ranch Golf Club. Outback Steakhouse cooked a truck load of chicken breasts for the generous golfers and served up their speciality - a swiss grilled chicken sandwich with all the trimmings, including ice cold beer. As the clouds danced nearer to the course, lightning could be seen in the distance, and the cold rain cinched the delay. No one seemed anxious. They just grabbed their jackets and hats and moved southwest into the club house for tv sports and, of course, ice cold beers.

Around 2:00 p.m. the golfers climbed into their carts and the race was on. While the weather remained dark and cold, the golfers got into the spirit of the day to play like pros and show their support for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. When the last foursome headed to the 19th hole, the sun was shining over one big gaggle of hungry golfers. The Outback Steakhouse was preparing a dinner of grilled sirloin, caesar salad and mashed potatoes. One of the beer drinking golfers in the club remarked, "Next year they need to use the Farmer's Alamac to decide on the date of the event." Apparently, the 2008 tournament experienced the same severe weather. You know the saying, "Old golfers never die, they just get ...another cold beer."

Despite the weather and the delays, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver made a bunch of golfers happy to play on a beautiful golf course with friends while knowing they had a valid reason for playing golf on a Thursday afternoon.

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