There are a lot of golf tournaments out there for deserving nonprofits, but this year’s 22nd annual Children’s Classic at Sanctuary, for Children’s Hospital Colorado, easily rises to the top of must-attend golf events. Held at the area’s most coveted golf course to raise funds for one of the region’s most cherished foundations, this year’s sold-out version was graced with comfy temperatures, sunny skies, Sanctuary’s always-spectacular scenery, nonstop food and beverages for all…and of course, the satisfaction of helping CHC help its patients. The event is managed so well it’s always a seamlessly ideal golf getaway for big-hearted participants. No wonder that throughout its history, this event has raised more than $6 million for CHC.

Danielle Hartis and Sanctuary host Mike Reagan

On Monday, Aug. 6, 124 players made the journey to Colorado’s golfer paradise (aka, Sanctuary), where they picked up CHC goody bags, warmed up at the driving range and enjoyed a breakfast spread with fresh omelets made on the spot by Sanctuary culinary pros. A short program began with remarks by CHC Foundation president Jennifer Darling, and featured Children’s energetic toddler-ambassador Eli Stevenson, born at CHC, who stole the show just being himself. His parents Debbie and Jennifer Stevenson were on hand, and Debbie told the group about Eli’s medical struggles and ultimate triumphs at the hospital. Sanctuary ambassador and host Mike Reagan, Re/Max senior VP, outlined the long-standing relationship between Children’s and Sanctuary. Robin Deterding, M.D., director of CHC’s Breathing Institute, talked about pediatric pulmonology and Children’s philosophy of going beyond immediate treatment to research cures in all pediatric areas, as well as its personal, team-centered approach…everything that makes it tops for treating kids and supporting their families. Golfers then adjourned to the course (after loading up their personal coolers with cold beverages) for 18 holes of fun and a little competition as well. The tournament was followed up by an awards reception at the pavilion.

Heather Walsh (left) and Tracy Fraterelli admire the view.

When it was founded in 1908 in Denver, Children’s Hospital Colorado set out to be a leader in providing the best healthcare outcomes for children. That calling has consistently made it one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation and a place parents across the Rocky Mountain region have come to trust, with national ranking by U.S. News & World Report, among numerous other awards. Children’s modern-day mission is to improve the health of children through the provision of high-quality coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy. In addition to providing the best possible care for kids who need it, the staff also works hard to keep kids out of the hospital. Through medical research and advocacy efforts, Children’s is working towards a world where kids are safer and healthier, and will one day have less need for a hospital. To learn more, please visit: https://www.childrenscolorado.org.

RE/MAX International is the presenting sponsor of numerous charity golf events at Sanctuary every year. The participating organizations are devoted to the arts, children, health care and crisis management. In addition, a limited number of foursomes are donated by RE/MAX International to a variety of causes for fund-raising auctions. For more information, please visit http://sanctuarygolfcourse.com.