Touchstone Energy Co-ops tee off on hunger

Tri-State and the rest of Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives served as proud title sponsors of the co-ops’ inaugural charity golf tournament on Aug. 20, which was hosted by the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and benefitted Feeding Colorado, an association of the five Feeding America food banks throughout the state.

Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren (second from left) and Mountain View Electric member services manager Darryl Edwards (far right), along with Tri-Lakes Cares executive director Haley Chapin (middle) and Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce executive director Terri Hayes, present a $5,000 check to Feeding Colorado’s Buck Boze (far left).

A full field of golfers hit the links first thing in the morning at beautiful Perry Park Country Club just outside Larkspur, Colo., for the first annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Golf Classic. Many of the participants represented electric co-ops (including Tri-State and member co-ops Mountain View Electric, United Power, Poudre Valley REA and Morgan County REA) along with numerous players from other related organizations.

At the end of the day, scores were tallied from the scramble format tournament and prizes were handed out, but the real winner was Feeding Colorado, which received a check for $5,000 as the beneficiary of the event.

“We can’t thank the co-ops enough,” said Feeding Colorado manager of corporate relations Buck Boze, who accepted the check on behalf of the organization. “The $5,000 raised here today translates into 20,000 meals that we will be able to distribute to people in need across the state through our five regional food banks.”

Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren said, “This project is another example of the region’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives successfully pooling our resources and efforts to promote and deliver the cooperative message while supporting the mission of a very worthwhile cause.”

Feeding Colorado has a statewide reach through its affiliation with Care and Share of Southern Colorado (Colorado Springs/Pueblo), Community Food Share (Boulder/Longmont), Food Bank for Larimer County (Fort Collins), Weld Food Bank (Greeley) and Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver/Grand Junction).

Mountain View Electric member services manager Darryl Edwards chaired the event, assisted by his co-op co-worker and co-chair, member services specialist Sarah Schaefer (both pictured right). “The entire event turned out to be a terrific success,” Edwards said, “and we couldn’t have done it without the generous support and participation from many of our fellow co-ops – including Tri-State and Basin Electric – as well as the Chamber of Commerce and our partners from other affiliated companies.”

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