Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives tee off for a good cause

Golf-Classic-logoThe second annual Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Golf Classic was held Aug. 19 at Perry Park Country Club outside Larkspur, Colo. This year’s tournament drew twice the number of participants compared to the inaugural event in 2012, with 140 golfers teeing off on a brilliantly clear summer morning.

Once again the event was organized and hosted by Tri-State, member co-op Mountain View Electric Association (Limon, Colo.) and the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. And once again, $5,000 was raised and presented to Feeding Colorado, an association of five Feeding America food banks throughout Colorado, including Food Bank of the Rockies.

“We couldn’t accomplish our mission without the generous support from our partners like the state’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives,” said Feeding Colorado manager of corporate relations Buck Boze, who was on hand to accept the check on behalf of the organization. “The $5,000 raised here today will provide 20,000 meals that we’ll distribute to people in need across the state through our five regional food banks,” he explained.

Touchstone Energy mascot CFL Charlie made an appearance at the golf tournament — taking on all comers in a putting contest.

Touchstone Energy mascot CFL Charlie made an appearance at the golf tournament — taking on all comers in a putting contest.

The full field of golfers included participants from Tri-State, several of its member systems and the Colorado Rural Electric Association – along with representatives from numerous related organizations throughout the area.

“By coordinating our efforts and resources as a regional group of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, we are able to organize and pull off successful events like this golf tournament,” said Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren. “This kind of event provides a great opportunity to promote the state’s electric co-ops on a large stage while supporting such a worthwhile organization like Feeding Colorado.”

Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren (right) and Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network’s Kyle Keefe prepare to present a $5,000 check to the day’s beneficiary, Feeding Colorado.

Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren (right) and Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network’s Kyle Keefe prepare to present a $5,000 check to the day’s beneficiary, Feeding Colorado.

Following the action on the golf course, lunch was served and the awards program was emceed by broadcaster Kyle Keefe from the Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network, along with assistance from Colorado Springs television meteorologist Rachael Plath. The program was highlighted by a standing ovation given in recognition of 11 area firefighters on hand who actively battled the area’s Black Forest fire earlier this summer.

“The entire event was bigger and better than last year’s,” said Mountain View Electric member service manager Darryl Edwards, who chaired the affair along with his co-op co-worker and co-chair, MVEA member services specialist Sarah Schaefer. “We couldn’t have done it without the generous support and participation from our fellow co-ops and partner organizations.”

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