Foote, Summit Foundations to join forces for golf tourney
When the 2004-05 NHL season was canceled due to a lockout, former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote utilized his extra free time by starting a nonprofit organization designed to give back to the community.
As two like-minded organizations, the Denver-based Foote Foundation and The Summit Foundation will join forces for the 20th annual The Summit Foundation Golf Tournament, to be held June 25-26, 2007.
Foote, who captains the Columbus Blue Jackets, will be the celebrity host.
“He’s hands on with what he does,” said Åsa Armstrong, The Summit Foundation’s special events and business development director. “Especially when helping children is involved and that’s something close to our hearts.”
NHL veteran Peter Forsberg, the tournament’s previous celebrity host, stepped down prior to last year’s tournament, for which the local nonprofit organization brought in celebrities from the entertainment industry.
“That was something we had never tried in the past,” Armstrong said. “Based on the feedback we received from last year’s tournament participants, we are sticking with sports celebrities. It seems like the perfect fit for our active community.”
Last year’s tournament, which featured Hollywood stars John Aylward, Jonathan Banks and Gordon Clapp, as well as NHL hockey announcer Brian Engblom and World Cup skier Patrick Jaerbyn, raised more than $50,000, all of which went to The Summit Foundation for allocation to local charities.
This year’s proceeds will be split with the Foote Foundation just as they were in the recent past with a Forsberg-affiliated organization.
The Foote Foundation has raised money for a number of different causes, ranging from breast cancer research to helping at-risk children and families.
“The word is that Adam will be bringing some of his friends,” Armstrong said. “There’s some good names being thrown out like other hockey players and Cuba Gooding Jr. There’s a tight-knit group of guys that have met each other at similar tournaments.”
This year’s tournament, which costs $750 per individual and $3,000 for teams of four (tax deductible), will be played at both the Breckenridge and Copper Creek golf clubs. Each foursome will play at a different course with a different celebrity over a two-day period.
“It’s a great combination of locals and down-to-earth celebrities who like Summit County and like being involved,” Armstrong said. “We’ve never paid celebrities to come here ” they do it from the goodness of their hearts.”
Last year, The Summit Foundation donated $750,000 to 74 local nonprofit organizations.
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