Scramble helps pay for cancer treatment

Publication: VailDaily.Com; Date: 08/24/2004

By Carolyn Pope

The sixth annual Scramble Against Cancer was held last month at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree.

The scramble tournaments, specifically organized to raise funds to acquire specialized diagnostic instrumentation for the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards, have helped pay for state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment.

The Sonnenalp Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center, housed in the Shaw cancer center, began treating patients in the early fall of 2002.

Among this year's top sponsors were One Willow Bridge Road, Phoenix Oil and Gas Ltd., the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, the Sonnenalp Golf Club and its members, East West Partners, John McDonald and Rob Wright, Vail Sports, Beaver Creek Sports, David and Jackie Simon, and Guaranty Bank and Trust Company.

Twenty-four businesses and individuals in all came forward with major sponsorships ranging from $2,000 to $20,000, and well over half the field consisted of teams sponsored by regional and community businesses.

Local individuals and businesses purchased enough sponsorships to ring the course more than three times around, and an anonymous donor has matched each of these sponsorships.

Local businesses also provided food and beverages for the buffet, which was prepared by the Sonnenalp's culinary staff for the dinner and dance at the Sonnenalp Golf Club clubhouse.

Resort stays - donated by East West Resorts and Sonnenalp Resort of Vail - were awarded to the three winning teams.

Top honors were claimed by Rob Rifkin, Kathleen and Jack Eck, and Robert Norris for the Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers team. The FirstBank team, which included Roger Behler, Larry Anderson, Bill Plummer and George Knox, claimed second place honors.

Third place went to Mike Rosen, Sheika Gramshammer, Tom Gargan and Johannes Faessler.