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Volunteers, course GM save charity golf tourney

Course flooding threatened Parker Task Force's annual benefit

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“Compassionate” is the word Steve Budnack, volunteer chairman of the Parker Task Force for Human Services, is using to describe Justin Cirbo, a PGA-certified golf pro and general manager of Spring Valley Golf Club in Elizabeth.

On the night of June 11, Spring Valley Golf Club was hit by a severe storm and closed due to the flooding that damaged a bridge and partially inundated putting greens and fairways. Cirbo called Budnack to explain that it would be highly unlikely that the task force’s annual fundraising golf tournament could go forward as planned June 15.

However, knowing that the golf tournament is the task force’s largest fundraiser, Cirbo became determined to get the course open for the tournament three days later. On June 13, Spring Valley’s staff and approximately 50 volunteers worked to make the course playable. Cirbo made another phone call to Budnack to report that the tournament could proceed.

Thanks to the dedication of Cirbo, the Spring Valley staff and volunteers, the Parker Task Force golf tournament netted more than $66,000 for the new building to house the food bank in Parker. The Parker Task Force serves the communities of Parker, Franktown and Elizabeth with a food bank and limited financial assistance. In 2014, services were provided to 9,790 individuals.

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