Fundraiser in memory of Blake Bostic provides CMC culinary scholarships
After funding two Colorado Mountain College culinary scholarships last year, the Boom Bostic Poker and Disc Golf Showdown is returning to Frisco this weekend. The event, created in memory of local chef Blake Bostic, provided two years of culinary school for CMC students Andrew Schulz and Demitrius Landry.
Bostic’s family and friends came together to create fundraiser last year after Bostic died after a fight outside of Frisco’s Snowshoe Motel in April of 2014.
“It’s so sad to think of what happened to their son. But it’s amazing that they were able to keep his legacy alive in something he was passionate about,” said Candy Elkind, regional development officer for CMC.
This Saturday, Sept. 12 event will be a celebration of Bostic’s favorite past times. While he was known as a fantastic cook, his friends also remembered the weekly card games and zany disc golf tournaments that he hosted.
Meredith Long, a friend of his, said with him, it was never just a simple game of disc golf.
“He would often talk about different fun games to switch up the course,” Long said, adding that Saturday’s tournament would have several “mini games” set up throughout the course.
She first met while they both worked together at Copper.
“As soon as you met him, you felt like you had known him for years,” she said. “He was nothing but smiles. He would just make fun of you and help you right along the way.”
Ryan Worthen, a chef at Tavern West, said Bostic had worked for him at the Incline Bar and Grill for several years prior to the incident. Worthen added that Bostic’s humor helped alleviate the stress of work.
“I always called him the gentle giant,” he said. “He was always goofing off.”
He added that he remembered Bostic covering the grill with a multitude of steaks.
“Everyone was amazed at how many steaks he put on the grill,” he laughed. “Every inch of it was covered in steaks.”
Tavern West and the Incline will cater Saturday’s event, with a barbecue lunch at the Island Grill in Frisco. In addition, some of Bostic’s award-winning hot sauce will be up for purchase at a silent auction.
“He definitely was known for his hot sauce. His recipe, his mom and sister were able to recreate and have been putting it into contests across the country,” Long added.
Gift cards to local restaurants, round of golf and a two-night stay in Copper through Sky Run vacation rentals are just a few of the items up for auction.
Registry for the disc golf tournament and poker tournament is $25 each, or $45 for both. The day of the event, each will cost $30. Attendees who register in advance will get two tickets toward a $75 raffle. Proceeds will go to at least two $3,000 CMC Culinary scholarships, as well as creating a park bench in Bostic’s memory.
The “Too Tallz Disc Golf Tournament” will be held at the Peak One Frisco Disc Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with “El Grande Party” starting at 11 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. at the Island Grill in Frisco. The afternoon will feature a barbecue lunch, silent auction and live music. Later in the evening, the Barkley Ballroom will host the Stretch Poker Tournament with live music, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Those who are interested in donating to the silent auction or volunteering may contact Long at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who are unable to attend may make a tax-deductible donation to the CMC foundation at cmcfoundation.org.
“We’ve had a lot of support from his friends and family back home … It’s pretty inspiring to see how one person can touch so many people’s hearts,” Long said.
She added that all were welcome: locals, visitors, friends and strangers.
“Blake would have wanted us to come out, celebrate his life and have fun,” she said.
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