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June 30, 2010 - Drive for the Cure Golf Classic tees off for Juvenile Diabetes research

What: Golf tournament fundraiser

Where: Sanctuary golf course

When: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Time: 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $4,000 per foursome

Beneficiary: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Rocky Mtn. Chapter

Gala Chairperson(s): Gary Fowler, Sr. Vice-President of Bank of the West; Terry Gallagher, President of Smoker Friendly

Executive Director: James Buckles

Catering: Sanctuary golf course

Sponsors: Bank of the West; Castle Pines Capital; Munch Company; Sherman & Howard, LLC; Accelerated Lending Source; DCP Midstream; Berenbaum Weinshienk PC; Core-Mark International; The Cravitz family; KPMG, LLP; Ogilvie Properties, Inc; 7UP; Smoker Friendly; Staples; TransMontaigne;Wagner Equipment

Menu: Buffet brunch: fruit salad, yogurts, scrambled eggs, bacon and breakfast sausage, hash browns, cold cereals with milk, breakfast breads...Dinner buffet: spicy Caesar salad; cucumber, tomato & onion salad; BBQ ribs with peanut chipotle sauce; Southern-style beer-can chicken; creamy green-chile rice; green beans with roasted tomatoes; chocolate peanut-butter pie; carrot cake

Attire: Golf attire

Special Thanks: Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders RE/MAX International, Inc.

Board of Directors: Executive Committee: Peter Gottlieb, MD; Jeff Gartz; Stan Adelstein; Michael Finch; Seth White; Don Baldridge; Perry Mattern; Tina McKay; Timothy Gognat; Peter Baird; Ed Mattix; Jay D. Neppel...34 board members listed at

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Board president Jeff Gartz (left) with JDRF Executive Director James Buckles
Board president Jeff Gartz (left) with JDRF Executive Director James Buckles

Friendly competition fueled 100 golfers who hit the fairways (more often than not) at this year’s Drive for the Cure Golf Classic at Sanctuary golf club on Wednesday, June 30. Brisk winds alternately offered a challenge and a welcomed boost for participants, who were treated to a superb golf course, views and amenities throughout the day. The ultimate goal: raising funds for research to find a cure for type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.

Staff from the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, both the host organization and beneficiary, made sure golfers were welcomed, gifted and fed, beginning with a pre-tournament buffet brunch created by Sanctuary catering. Four individuals from those who purchased "SuperTickets" competed for a getaway to Mexico with a closest-to-the-pin contest before the shotgun start.

After 18 holes under gorgeous sunny skies, golfers met up in the clubhouse for a buffet dinner and awards ceremony. Non-competition prizes were up for grabs all day, including tickets to entertainment venues and a gym membership. At the evening reception, a lucky SuperTicket-holder won a three-night vacation for two at a four-star resort, and four individuals competed in a hole-in-one contest for a chance at $100,000.

Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including more than $101 million in fiscal year 2009. More than 80 percent of the organization's expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In Colorado alone, JDRF funds more than $3 million in research. The foundation is a leading catalyst for translating research advances into new treatments that can improve the lives of people with diabetes in the near term, and ultimately lead to a cure.

Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12 at Elitch Gardens, with both corporate and family teams of walkers. For more information about the event, go to For more information about the JDRF Rocky Mountain Chapter, visit

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