Party And Play For A Great Cause At Bridges

The Nitty Gritty Dirt band. Courtesy photo.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt band.
Courtesy photo.

By Caitlin Switzer

MONTROSE–(June 4, 2013)  They say a golf ball travels farther when hit by a club in Colorado’s high altitude environment…and hopefully, the funds raised at the third annual Dolphin House Golf Tournament will go farther than ever to battle the impacts of child abuse in a six-county region. On June 8, a packed roster of almost 40  teams will roll onto the links to raise money for the Dolphin House, in memory of little Owen Daniel Reak and every child who has ever suffered harm at the hands of someone who was supposed to be caring for them.

“We think this is so important,” said managing broker and marketing professional Beth Morris-Feely. “Dolphin House is a great organization and they cover the whole Seventh Judicial District. They help people through the entire system, from beginning to end.”

Owen Reak was the grandson of Feely and her husband Eric, who manages the Bridges. Bridges Owner Lew Thompson is donating use of the course and carts for the event, which is a four-person scramble with hole-in-one prizes on each of the five par-three holes.  Entry deadline is June 5.

Support for Dolphin House is just one way that the organization gives back to the community, Morris-Feely said.

“Lew has a real heart for charity,” she said. “He likes to bring non-profit organizations here.”

In addition to the Dolphin House Golf Tournament, Bridges will host a special benefit concert on Friday, July 19.

“Because of the popularity and excitement over the Wailers Concert that was here last year, Jack Ludwig (of Stonehouse Restaurant) approached us about doing a benefit,” Bridges General Manager Eric Feely said. “He has really done a great job—we’re going to have the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with the Browns and special guest Dave Stamey.”

Community response has been very positive, he said. The concert will be held on the lawn, with gates opening at 5 p.m. and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band taking the stage at 8 p.m.

“The appeal of the Dirt Band is pretty big here,” he said. “It’s Montrose’s kind of music—it should be really good for the Dolphin House.

“We’re into it!”

To learn more about the Fabulous Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Live Benefit Concert, visit the Dolphin House web site. VIP tickets include food and beverages, and can be purchased at Bridges (2500 Bridges Drive) , Stone House Restaurant (1415 Hawk Parkway)  or Dolphin House (735 S. First St.) To check out other great musical events on the lawn at Bridges this summer—including the one and only Ralph Dinosaur on June 7—visit!