Over 100 golfers came out for the 17th annual Bright Beginnings Brad and Erna Butler Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday June 3, 2013. A warm and breezy day at the beautiful Valley Country Club in Aurora provided an excellent setting for the annual charity tournament celebrating the founders of the organization.

The day kicked off with a barbecue lunch and a putting competition before the golfers took to the course with a shotgun start and a scramble format. Adding to the excitement of the day, many of the holes featured special prizes for both the men and women, including longest and straightest drives, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one contest featuring a new Mercedes Benz giveaway to anyone who made it to the hole in one shot. Golfers even had the option to “hire the golf pro” to hit their shot for them, with the proceeds going directly to Bright Beginnings.

The day concluded with a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony and live auction in the clubhouse.

The tournament is one of two major fund-raising events for Bright Beginnings annually, and the charity hopes to raise about $50,000 for its programs through the golf tournament and silent auction.

Most of a child’s intellect, personality, and social/emotional skills are developed in the early years. Bright Beginnings seeks to empower parents and caregivers with guidance, knowledge, and tools designed for each age level from newborn to three. The program is offered to all parents free of charge statewide through 14 regional affiliate offices.  Bright Beginnings was founded in 1995 by Brad Butler, former chair of Procter and Gamble, and Roy Romer, former Colorado Governor, in an effort to make Colorado the best place to raise a child. Today, their programs reach more than 18,000 Colorado families and caregivers each year.