Help End Abuse for Life (HEAL) has announced the date of its most talked about annual fundraiser, the Deacon Bob Open. Proceeds from four-golfer scramble benefit The Nest, Lincoln County’s first and only domestic violence shelter. On Saturday, August 6th at 1:00 p.m., golfers will tee off for an afternoon of fun at the Inn of the Mountain Gods’ championship course, followed by a BBQ dinner and awards ceremony.
Daniel Nunez, Inn of the Mountain Gods’ golf pro, encourages golfers of all ages, gender, and skill level to come out for the tournament. “First and most crucial, this tournament raises money to help survivors of domestic violence,” he said. “Second, it is an opportunity to spend a day enjoying the outdoors at the most beautiful golf course in the country: beautiful views, wonderful smells and the great feeling of being outdoors.”
Pictured are golfers heading out to the shotgun start of the 2014 Deacon Bob Open. Photo courtesy of Sheri Rodgers.
“One’s mind can only imagine the beauty in store for a golfer,” Nunez added about the course. “We are nestled among tall pine trees under the majestic Sierra Blanca peak. The Ted Robinson designed championship golf course features meticulously manicured, tree-lined fairways, a beautiful island fairway and fast-breaking greens.”
HEAL’s signature fundraiser is named after the late Deacon Bob Racicot of St. Eleanor Catholic Church, who served on the HEAL Board and was instrumental in orchestrating the first event. Coleen Widell, Executive Director of The Nest, said, “Deacon Bob was well-loved in this community. He will always hold a very special place in the hearts of those of us at HEAL. The Open is an ongoing tribute to a remarkable man who gave his all to stand up for survivors of domestic violence and their children.”
“HEAL events and fundraisers are not only a great way to give back to the community, help support our local shelter and raise awareness about domestic violence, but are also creative, unique and fun,” said HEAL Board Member Lynn Crawford. “We are grateful to the Inn of the Mountain Gods and their golf pro Daniel Nunez for the use of their beautiful golf course.”
The $125 fee per golfer includes green fees and cart rental, pro shop gift certificate prizes for top players, a golfer goodie bag, refreshments, various prizes on every hole and a BBQ dinner at the awards ceremony. A silent auction will feature golf equipment, apparel, and rounds of golf at some of Lincoln County’s finest courses. Mulligans will be available for purchase at $5 each. The tournament will offer several contests including hole-in-one, a 50/50 putting contest, closest to the pin, longest drive and longest putt. Enticing hole-in-one prizes include cash, a luxurious vacation and a brand new vehicle generously provided by Ted Durham of Sierra Blanca Motors, a long-time supporter of HEAL and The Nest.
According to HEAL Board Treasurer, Greg Cory, local businesses play an integral role in the success of the event. “We are very fortunate to have the support of our community and hole sponsorships are mutually beneficial,” he said. “Holes will have customized signs indicating which participating business sponsored the hole. Many even send representatives to “man” a table, hand out small goodies or snacks and greet golfers as they pass through. It turns out to be a very fun day with an opportunity to showcase your business to locals as well as our summer visitors.”
If you are interested in sponsoring a hole or otherwise supporting the event, please contact The Nest for more information. Individual golfers or teams of four can register online at http://helpendabuseforlife.org/registration
or by calling Sue at The Nest at (575) 378-6378.