Community gives record $50,000 for National Kidney Foundation

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June 11th marked the inaugural Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament at Kissing Camels Golf Club. Chaired by Colorado Springs residents Jay and Linda Belote and David Huffman, festivities began the evening before at a gala cocktail reception hosted by Red Noland at Red Noland Cadillac. Some 350 guests enjoyed a combined fashion and car show (fashions by Ben Hogan Apparel, cars by Cadillac) in the beautifully appointed Cadillac dealership. Delicious hors d’oeuvres, lively music and bidding on unique silent auction items rounded out the evening.

After a delicious lunch, 112 golfers promptly teed off at 1:30 pm on different holes for an afternoon of competitive play. The day was perfect and the course was groomed to perfection. Finishing in first place was the Roche Pharmaceuticals team of David Young, Steve Nichols, Ken Breitenbach, and Gary Wright. With a combined score of 59, each member of this group qualifies to play in the Cadillac Invitational Finals to be held in Pebble Beach, Calif., in January. Foursomes coming in second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place also won outstanding prizes.

Among the tournament participants were a group of special soldiers stationed at Fort Carson. During the lavish dinner banquet following the tournament, these young men received a standing ovation for their recent service in Iraq. Hosted by the Belote family, this humble foursome thanked the entire group for supporting their efforts in fighting the war against terror.

Every year, the National Kidney Foundation hosts Cadillac Invitational Golf tournaments throughout the country. What is so heartwarming about this inaugural tournament is how our local community turned out in such high form to raise more than $50,000. This is believed to be a record breaking amount for a Cadillac inaugural invitational tournament.

Founded in 1965, the Mission of The National Kidney Foundation of Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming is to prevent Kidney and Urinary Tract Diseases, improve the health and well-being of those affected by theses diseases, and to increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. Through its 51 affiliates, the NKF conducts programs in professional research and education, public awareness and organ donation, and assists with patient and community services. The work of the foundation is funded by public donations such as those received via this tournament.