Foundation raises more than $16,000.00 at 2nd Annual East Coast Charity Golf Tournament

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One hundred and forty four golfers participated in 18 holes of scramble golf at Sugarbush Resort Golf to raise funds for traumatically injured winter action sports athletes.

(Truckee, CA) — The High Fives Foundation hosted its 2nd Annual East Coast Charity Golf Tournament at the Sugarbush Resort Golf Club in Warren, Vt. on Fri., August 22. Approximately $16,000 was raised to support the recovery and rehabilitation efforts of traumatically injured winter action sports athletes.

To date, the High Fives Foundation has provided grant funding to 61 injured athletes in 18 states.
In conjunction with the tournament the High Fives presented a $3,951 grant award to Max Elles. Elles will use the grant for personal training, acupuncture and massage.

“Sugarbush was pleased to host the tournament for High Fives.” Sugarbush Event Coordinator Diane Jones said, “The event invigorates the local golf community while raising awareness for injured athletes,” she said. “It is our fortune to be the bridge that connects the golfing world with the ski hill and the rewards received by all.”

Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to tournament play. Activities included a “Break the Glass” competition where participants attempted to shatter a pane of glass from 25-yards away, and a “Hit the Gondola” contest where participants attempted to hit a Sugarbush gondola that was set up 200-yards away on the driving range. A Ford F-150 truck was also up for grabs. Participants challenged head golf professional R.J. Austin in “Play the Pro,” swung for the fences in the “Smith Optics Baseball Bat Long Drive” contest (which replaces the driver with a baseball bat for the participants to hit their drive) and challenged one another in the men’s and women’s “Closest to the Pin” competition.

Tournament Results

  • 1st Place: Team Boston Bruins Foundation (Bob Sweeney, Eric Goodman, Austin Stewart, Ben Drummond)
  • 2nd Place: Team Mad River Distillers (Sheldon Foley, Rob Schonder, John Egan, John Parsons)
  • 3rd Place: Team Fulsend (John Wilson, Tina Yu, Timothy Manter, Dan Allen)

Contest Winners: 

  • Break the Glass (Presented by Elevation PT): David Savage
  • Men’s Long Drive (Presented by Fulsend): Adam Palmiter
  • Men’s Closest to the Pin (Presented by Kingsbury Companies): Brooks Curran
  • Women’s Long Drive (Presented by Fulsend): Joanne Steadman
  • Women’s Closest to the Pin (Presented by Kingsbury Companies): Julie Murray
  • Putting Contest (Presented by Volkl Skis and Integrated Property Services): Bobby Welter
  • Baseball Bat Longest Drive (Presented by Smith Optics): Moe Thompson
  • Air Cannon Closest to the Pin: Chris Austin

Video and Photos from the 2nd Annual High Fives East Coast Charity Golf Tournament:

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About High Fives Non-Profit Foundation:

High Fives Foundation is a Lake Tahoe-based 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder, who had also suffered a spinal cord injury, to help injured athletes the Foundation has helped 61 athletes since its inception in 2009. To learn more visit: www.highfivesfoundation.org

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