Fund-raising for Augie's Quest organized by SNEWS® continued for the second year at the Health & Fitness Business show with a rather rambunctious third annual Golf Scramble and a silent auction at the Industry Party.
Together, the two raised close to $11,000. This year's golf scramble raised nearly $10,000 -- $3,000 more than in 2007.
"We're coming up on our three-year mark since we started Augie's Quest," Augie Nieto told SNEWS, "and we just passed $15 million. It is the support from the fitness industry that makes me proud to fight on. With your help, we will find a cure!"
Additional funds were raised at a small silent auction at the Industry Party, where bidders were hovering as the auction came to a close, seeking to out-bid each other for wine, restaurant gift certificates, a signed Greg LeMond jersey and other goodies. Organized by the MDA, the auction raised additional funds, which also went to Augie's Quest.
"It is wonderful to see the fitness industry support Augie Nieto, a fitness pioneer, in his quest," said Lindsey Bauer with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Denver, the organization working closely with Augie's Quest.
"Every event and every dollar brings us closer to Augie's goal of raising $36 million to fund vital research into a cure for ALS," she said. "Grassroots events that rally the industry around this common cause are the driving force which will one day bring us to this cure."
An afternoon of pre-show golf found close to 65 industry members soaking in the Denver sun and having some fun before the show kicked off.
Overall winners, all of whom received plaques, were:
>> 1st: Team Chalek (score, 61) – Matt Chalek, Stu Pack, Dave Lettin and HFB show director Andy Tompkins
>> 2nd: Team Valeo/Sportline (score, 61, and second on a tie-breaker) – Chuck Last, Tim Ross and Brian Hannon
>> 3rd: Team Ridgeway/Taylor (score, 62) – John Ridgeway and Dave Taylor
Although there was no award for 4th, Team Inspire/Fitness Showcase only lost on a tie breaker since its score also was 62. That team included Jeff Laborde, Shawn Hannagan, Rick Vemmer and Greg Billbrey. Ridgeway and Taylor awarded their two extra plaques (since there were four for each place since foursomes were assumed) to Team Inspire/Showcase.
In addition, other challenge winners were:
Longest Drive/Men – Greg Feeder, AtHome Fitness
Closest to the Pin/Men – Stu Pack
Longest Drive/Women – Gloria Cornyn, HealthStyles Exercise
Closest to the Pin/Women – Lizz Erickson, Spri Products
Foursomes included participants from manufacturers Life Fitness, Octane Fitness, Inspire Fitness, Valeo, Sportline, Spri and Power Plate; retailers who played included Fitness Unlimited, All About Fitness, Fitness Showcase, Fitness Town, HealthStyles, AtHome Fitness, Beuerlein's Pro Fitness and Gym Source; and others included Just Did It, the Health & Fitness Business Show plus a few other friends and colleagues.
Product donations for goodie bags came from Spri Products, Kinesys sunscreen, LeMond Fitness, Backpacker, SNEWS/Adventure Network and MDA/Augie's Quest.
Click here to see the SNEWS show HotSheet with a story and pictures from the golf scramble.
SNEWS View: The 3rd SNEWS Golf Scramble was a smashing success that raised about 30 percent more than a year ago and allowed show attendees a pre-show time to relax and network a bit in a non-show venue. Raves were heard all the way around about what a great event it was. We at SNEWS would like to challenge all industry members to mark their calendars now for the 4th Annual SNEWS Golf Scramble on Aug. 5, the day before the 2009 show now slated for Aug. 6-7, again in Denver.