Friday, June 3, 2011

Frisbees, fun and fundraising

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Frisbee golf is a great way to get outdoors and relax, but it's also a great way to raise money for a good cause.

From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18, the inaugural Charity Frisbee Golf Tournament will be held to benefit three local nonprofit organizations: Safe Place for Pets is an all-volunteer pet rescue focused on finding new homes for pets with terminally ill owners; the ALS Association - Rocky Mountain Chapter is an organization devoted to fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease; and Save the Front Range is a group whose goal is to raise funds for research on and awareness of breast cancer.

The idea was presented by local disc golfers Richard Straub, Andrew Pierson, Rick Hoover and Shay Hurd. "This is really cool because these are guys that have played disc golf for years, and all of a sudden they were talking, and they thought, 'You know, we should do something for somebody else besides ourselves.' I think that's something that a lot of older people don't realize — that 20- and 30-year-olds really have a heart and really have a voice in the community," says Cathy Woods, president of the board of directors for Safe Place for Pets.

The event will take place at the Hewlett Packard course (301 S. Rockrimmon Road), which is generally closed to the public. Along with Frisbee golf play, golfers and spectators can also partake in games and food that will be provided. There will be games for kids, such as "hillbilly golf," and booths will also be set up at the event.

The organizations expect to see between 150 to 200 golfers throughout the event, ranging from avid players to beginners. "Even if you've never played before, you're welcome to play. We'll have some players there that will help people learn and will be real patient with them," Woods says.

Members of the community who would like to get involved without actually playing can participate in a few ways. One of the simplest ways to help is to sponsor a hole, which can be done by either a business or an individual. Local businesses can also buy booths at the event. For-profit businesses can buy a booth for $75, and nonprofits for $25. Volunteers are welcome to help with registration, hole monitoring, bringing water to players and other various jobs.

Participating disc golfers need to register by today, June 3, to receive a tee time. To register, go to the Safe Place for Pets website, or call Lisa Fulmer, president of Save the Front Range, at 233-4989 or Cathy Woods at 310-3784. The cost is $15 per person or $40 per four-member team. Information on volunteering or sponsorship can also be obtained by Fulmer or Woods.

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