Golden Rotarians believe in supporting youth so they can be successful and take on leadership roles. “And learn to give back to their community,” said Linda Diederichsen, president of the Rotary …
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Golden Rotarians believe in supporting youth so they can be successful and take on leadership roles.
“And learn to give back to their community,” said Linda Diederichsen, president of the Rotary Club of Golden.
This year, the Rotary Club of Golden is the nonprofit recipient of the Foundation at Rolling Hills’ annual Gala and Golf Classic, which takes place June 21-24.
As recipients of the event, Golden Rotarians have had to take the lead in planning three events for the Gala and Golf Classic — Tennis Live Ball; the Wild, Wild West Gala and the Golf Tournament.
“We’re honored to have been selected,” said Sam Allen who sits on the Golden Rotary Foundation’s board. “It provides us with a unique opportunity to raise additional funds to benefit youth.”
But not only that, the Gala and Golf Classic just fun, Allen said.
Golfers will get to play on a prestigious course that is normally only available to members of the Club at Rolling Hills.
“That’s a huge draw for people who enjoy golf at all levels,” Allen said. “I’m hoping for good weather and just looking forward to having a really fun time.”
For the gala, the Golden Rotary has selected a wild, wild west theme.
“We thought it would be a fun one that everyone can relate to,” Diederichsen said.
Each year, the Foundation at Rolling Hills selects a different local nonprofit to benefit from the Gala and Golf Classic.
Golden Rotary will receive 75% of the proceeds from the event. Though the club supports many programs in the community, it will direct the proceeds from the Gala and Golf Classic to help fund the main Golden Rotary initiatives — education, hunger and mental wellness. Within these initiatives, the club puts on a variety of programs, which include supporting the Golden Backpack Program and its fresh food pantry; providing scholarship and vocational education programs to benefit Golden High School and Warren Tech students; and the Mental Health Initiative, which through forming community partnerships, addresses the mental health issues in the community, particularly among youth.
“We do a lot for the community,” Diederichsen said. “People enjoy supporting Rotary because it supports the community.”
The Foundation at Rolling Hills will receive 25% of the proceeds from the Gala and Golf Classic. These funds will go to smaller nonprofit organizations in Jefferson County.
This is the 20th year for the Gala and Golf Classic and through the years, the Foundation at Rolling Hills has provided about $2.5 million to local nonprofits just from the proceeds of the Gala and Golf Classic alone, said Jim Billings who serves as co-president of the Foundation at Rolling Hills.
“We love to get involved with local charities,” Billings said.
Billings has been golfing for about 55 years — he began when he was 5 — but is looking forward to participating in all three events.
“Everyone just has a good time,” Billings said. And, he added, because it will attract a variety of people — golf enthusiasts in the community, members of the Club at Rolling Hills, Golden Rotarians and others who want to support the Rotary Club of Golden, “it’s a great opportunity to meet people in the community.”
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