The Vail Recreation District and Vail Chamber & Business Association will host the second annual Businesses, Bogeys and Bragging Rights Community Golf Tournament on Friday, Aug. 21 at the Vail Golf Club to benefit the VRD's Tom Slaughter Jr. Memorial Youth Recreation Grant. The grant program, a memorial to Vail Valley resident Tom Slaughter, Jr., who enjoyed endless recreational opportunities in the valley, is used to award funds to school-aged children who are in need of financial support to participate in VRD youth programs. The VRD is partnering with the VCBA for the tournament as an opportunity to bring the community together for a social and spirited day of golf, celebrate a successful summer and contribute to the success of the Vail Valley's youth.
The Tom Slaughter, Jr. Memorial Grant Program began in 1997 and provides youth with opportunities to participate in VRD day and sport camps, gymnastics, golf, basketball and other programs in Vail. Each year, the VRD awards approximately $20,000 cash and in-kind services to children in Eagle County through its Eagle County Youth Activities Grant and the Tom Slaughter, Jr. Memorial Grant programs. These programs have helped hundreds of local youth get outside, learn, grow and recreate. Last year's golf tournament provided an additional $6,000 to be used this year and in future years. "Last year's tournament showed how our community can come together to help support our local youth," said VRD Executive Director Mike Ortiz. "We pride ourselves in providing amazing learning opportunities for the young and young at heart. We're excited to partner with the VCBA once again and offer our community an opportunity to celebrate our local children." 

Team registration is underway for the tournament and cost to participate is $500 per team, including cart. Participants will enjoy food and refreshments, as well as opportunities to compete based on performance, spirit and camaraderie. Mulligans will cost $5 and those who purchase mulligans will be entered into a raffle drawing for a variety of prizes donated by the community. Each golfer will receive a take-home gift created by VRD youth participants. Registration ends on Aug. 14.     
Sponsorships are also available for businesses within the community, including green and/or tee sponsorship, presenting sponsorship, raffle items and silent auction items. According to Alison Wadey with the VCBA, the event is an opportunity for Vail businesses, their employees and community members to come together and chip in for kids. "Last year's tournament brought out businesses old and new. It is a great way to meet and socialize with your neighbor businesses all the while helping our community's youth," said Wadey. "We hope this tournament will provide a fun way for our businesses, employees and community members to get come together at the end of the summer to celebrate how great it is to live and do business in Vail."

Current partners of the BB&B tournament include FirstBank of Vail, Centennial Bank and David Honda's Sports Medicine. Sponsorship information is available by visiting www.vailchamber.org.  
For more information on the tournament, contact Wadey at 970-477-0075 or Vail Golf Club Director Alice Plain at 970-479-2260x3. For details on the Vail Golf Club, visit www.vailgolfclub.net.

About the Vail Golf Club
The Vail Golf Club, which is managed by the VRD, is nestled at the base of the Gore Mountain Range and presents golfers with a unique and scenic 18-hole, par 71 experience. The Vail Valley's most walkable course, the golf club is open to the public and features a full service pro shop, group/corporate outings, professional instruction, driving range, practice area, golf swing analysis and Grill on the Gore. Recognized by Golf Digest as a "Top 100 Resort Course," golfers enjoy playing greens that follow the Gore Creek and lay adjacent to the White River National Forest. Visit www.vailgolfclub.net.
About the Vail Chamber and Business Association
The mission of the Vail Chamber & Business Association is to responsibly and professionally advocate for economic development and communication capacity for the Vail merchant community that will foster strong collaborative relationships and revenue development opportunities for its membership. Visit www.vailchamber.org.
About the Vail Recreation District
The Vail Recreation District's mission is to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests. The VRD aims to help Vail Valley residents and visitors pursue their recreational passions by providing outlets for competition in summer and winter via a running and a mountain bike race series, and numerous tournaments and/or leagues for hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, flag football, broomball, figure skating and rugby; venues like Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Skatepark, Vail Tennis Center, Community Programming Room, Vail's Imagination Station, and use of additional gyms, playing fields and the surrounding White River National Forest via collaboration with local entities; sports classes and camps for youth, adults and families; and opportunities to learn about and appreciate our Rocky Mountain environment through guided activities, classes and camps. Visit www.vailrec.com


Alice Plain, Vail Golf Club Director, 970-479-2260 x3              
Alison Wadey, Vail Chamber and Business Association, 970-477-0075
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