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August 31, 2009 - Goodwill Golf Classic Presented by and The 19th Hole Silent Auction & Celebration

What: Goodwill Golf Classic presented by, Driving for Diplomas was a last day of August success.

Where: Lakewood Country Club

When: Monday, August 31, 2009

Time: Noon - 8 p.m.

Beneficiary: Goodwill’s Youth Services Program

EMCEE: Tom Manoogian

President(s): Tim Welker, President &CEO

Introductions: Joyce Schlose, VP of Workforce Development

Libations: Open bar

Catering: Lakewood Country Club

Sponsors: Presenting:
Gold Sponsors: Grant Thornton, Marsh, JP Morgan Chase, EON Office, Colorado Casualty Insurance, IBEW III, Waste Management, Watson Wyatt, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Xcel Energy, Big O Tires

Auctioneer: Tom Manoogian

Quote of the evening: "Thank you for helping kids to continue dreaming. Your contributions to Goodwill has given many kids a future."

Menu: Pasta Puntenesca, mushroom ravioli with Alfredo sauce, Cavatappi pasta in vodka cream, California rolls, antipasti, pot stickers, coconut shrimp, fresh roasted beef tenderloin and turkey breast on fresh baked rolls.

Attendance: 175+

Attire: Casual

Planning Committee: Eric Akerson, Greg Ball, Keith Braxton, Michael Ebedes, Brent Grube, Mike Kennedy, Mike Kenner, Pete Koury, Scott Maierhofer, Jason Weston, Van oYoung, Duane Lawlor, John Cuny.

Board of Directors: Tricia Allen, Tom Athenour, Mary Bahde, Gregory Ball, George Bogdewiecz, Kathleen Cook, Bill Eisner, C. Dale Flowers, Kevin King, Jean Lawhead, David Leonard, Doug Linkhart, Scott Maierhofer, Carrie Mesch - Vice Chair, James Meurer, Todd Munson - Chair, Kevin Patterson, James Romero - Secretary, W. Dean Salter, Bill Schmidt, Jason Shunk, Steve Swain, Dawn Taylor Owens, Scott Worrell, Clifford Young, John Youngquist.

Steering Committee: Golf Committee: Martin Pocs, chair, Eric Akerson, Greg Ball, Keith Braxton, Michael Ebedes, Brent Grube, Mike Kennedy, Mike Kenner, Pete Koury, Scott Maierhofer, Jason Weston, Van Young, Duane Lawlor, John Cuny.

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Scholarship recipient Marketta Briscoe, left, and her friend Lelia Hobley.
Scholarship recipient Marketta Briscoe, left, and her friend Lelia Hobley.

Lakewood Country Club was the perfect setting for the 7th annual Goodwill Golf Tournament. It was a beautiful and sunny on the last day of August. It was heated up before it even started as 130 golfers raised a whooping $5,000 in donations just for Mulligan’s. A very competitive crowd.  They were also treated to a bloody mary’s, cigars and lunch provided by Einstein’s.


During the day the golfers enjoyed many activities out at the holes like a martini ice luge, energy hole with energy drinks and bars, margaritas or one of two chance at a one- in one for a Mazda 3 from Sill TerHar or Rolex’s by Williams Jeweler’s for the entire foursome.


At about 5:30 pm the golfers starting tallying their scores and realized there was a tie for first with a score of 52. A Lakewood golf pro using PGA regulations scoring settled the tie with the DHR International - Martin Pocs teaming winning first place! 


The 19th Hole Silent Auction and Celebration in Lakewood’s ballroom was offering enticing appetizer stations. Fortunately, the golfers couldn't miss the open bar or antipasti at the entrance to the 19th Hole. Lakewood Chef, Jan Vonada was hustling up dishes such as mushroom ravioli with alfredo sauce, cavatappi pasta in vodka cream sauce and pasta puntenesca. Inside the ballroom were tables of Asian cusine, carving station and a dessert table.


Radio host Tom Manoogian aka Lou from Littleton, got the auction going by introducing Joyce Schlose, Goodwill’s VP of Workforce Development, who graciously thanked all the participants for being there. She wanted everyone to know about the students who have greatly benefitted from the sponsors and golfers of the Golf Classic. She talked about how money raised goes to support programs that help students get through school and prepare for their future. She pointed out that many of these youth continued to go to school even though they have challenging conditions like living in cars. She praised the donors for giving dreams back to these students.


Keith Braxton, President of Colorado Casualty, a gold sponsor, was introduced and asked to hand the scholarships to the five students; Luis Vargas, Yadiro Solis, Johnny Alvarado, Jesus Trevizo and Marketta Briscoe. Manoogian took the mic again and started his auctioneering talents. At live auction's close, the money raised was well over $15,000. Helping to up the fundraising were big ticket auction items that brought in the bucks: Breckenridge house rental; Exclusive Resorts vacation; Denver Broncos luxury box and the Mexican golf vacation at Estrella Del Mar Golf & Beach resort.


What a tremendously successful evening for Goodwill’s friends and supporters. The goal for the 19th Hole Auction was $25,000 and the total raised for the day was over $146,000. Thanks to the generous and caring donations from sponsors and golfers, Goodwill is teeing up for another tournament next August 30, 2010.

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