Colorado weather smiled on Broomfield just in time for our 17th annual golf tournament on 31 August. Players and volunteers gathered at the Omni Interlochen Golf Course early to share some fellowship and putting practice prior to an exciting shotgun start. By the end of the day, the Sil-Terhar Motors team (men) and Dr. Mazzola’s Dream Team (women) emerged victorious but everyone, whether a player or volunteer, walked away with a smile.
The Frank Varra Memorial Golf Tournament was originally organized by Broomfield Rotary members Tom Deland, John O’Hayre, and John Abboud. All three had ties to the Police and Fire communities and fostered a great link with the Rotary to raise funds used to support families of police officers and firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty. Annually the tournament raises about $30,000 to that end.
Frank Varra, a Rotarian and Broomfield community philanthropist and former Boulder County law enforcement officer, provided the original funding for the golf tournament in the amount of $10,000. The Varra family continues to support the tournament each year as a sponsor. Many wonderful sponsors of funds and products assisted in making the Rotary vision continue to be a reality.
Nearly half of Broomfield Rotarians participate in some way with the tournament. There are far too many to single out but co-chairs Tom Deland and John O’Hayre are appreciative for every individual’s contribution. Along with a golf committee of ten or more Rotarians, the chairmen manage sponsorships, fundraising, signage, and volunteer coordination. Broomfield Rotary’s most recent Past President Pete Snyder brought together a team of over 15 Rotarian volunteers to assist with sign-ins, breakfast set up, and other morning activities the day of the tournament.
The service our club provides to the members of the local Police and Fire Departments represents not only the very best of our club but of the Broomfield community as well. While all volunteers and participants enjoyed a lovely and fun day, the best memories stemming from the event are the emotional and heartfelt thanks our club receives from the families of our local public safety heroes. Broomfield Rotary’s hearts are big and will continue into the future to support the Police and Fire Golf Tournament to raise funds for the families of those who selflessly serve our community.