Rally for a Cure brings men and women together for good cause

Linda Mahoney, Vicki Riley and Connie Badini pose in front of their “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” golf cart at the Rally for a Cure event Tuesday afternoon.



Nearly 200 women and men, all wearing pink clothing, gathered at Bookcliff Country Club Tuesday afternoon to help fight breast cancer at the first “Rally for a Cure” event.

The golf tournament attracted women from across the Grand Valley who wanted to honor their loved ones and help find a cure for breast cancer by raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“There are a lot of survivors out here today,” said Mo Howard, one of the organizers of the event.

There are also many who couldn’t play but were honored with pink paper flowers placed around the putting green.

A total of 112 women were playing in the tournament, accompanied by 80 male caddies, many of whom were the husbands who are often affected but overlooked as victims of the disease.

“It’s just a part of everyone’s lives,” said Linda Mahoney who was playing with her partner, Vicki Riley. The team was at a severe disadvantage since Riley slipped in the garage the morning of the event and broke her wrist. But, at least they had a shot at winning the golf cart decorating contest.

Their cart towered above the competition, with a giant high heel shoe and mannequin riding on the roof. “That’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” laughed Mahoney.

In addition to golf and a whole lot of fun, the event included a live auction, barbecue and a raffle.

Howard said the goal of the event was to raise at least $10,000 for the foundation, which helps cover the cost of preventative mammograms and treatment for women without health insurance, as well as funds medical research for prevention.

“But more than anything, we just want this event to raise awareness,” Howard said.

Organizers hope to make the popular golf tournament an annual event — “until there’s a cure,” Howard said.


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