Two Denver organizations turned a day of golf into more than $7,000 for Native American students, Dee St. Cyr, chair of the Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (RMICC), said August 9.
Nineteen teams composed of 72 players raised the funds for RMICC’s American Indian Scholars state license plates, sales of which fund scholarships for Native American students through CIEF. The $1,000 scholarships have gone to students of several tribal backgrounds and colleges in Colorado.
The RMICC and CIEF have awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships since 2003, Josh Runningwolf, RMICC president, said.
Members, prospective members, and corporate sponsors were involved in the day of golf, which included a morning on the fairway and a noon awards luncheon at which David Eves, president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Colorado, an Xcel Energy company, was honored for his contributions.
Hole-in-one prizes and raffles were also held throughout the day, which represented an opportunity for Native American-owned businesses to network with RMICC’s corporate members and suppliers. Par sponsors were $1,000, birdie sponsors $1,500 and premier event sponsors $2,500.
Sponsors included CADDO Solutions and Milender White Construction Co., both Native-owned companies, Xcel Energy, Denver Transit Partners, MillerCoors, Budweiser, PCL Construction, Cigars on 6th, and SP Richards.
Hiwan Golf Club is a private golf and country club that hosts charitable golf events on Mondays from May to October.