Denver Golf News
Fore Melina Golf Tournament at Glenmoor Country Club June 3rd
How would you like to play a round of golf at one of the most exclusive, picturesque, invitation-only courses in Denver and have your green fee, along with the proceeds from all other purchases be used for philanthropic purposes? Well now you can!
The course is Glenmoor Country Club. The date is June 3rd. The opportunity is rare. The cause is the Melina Wachter Memorial Foundation.
Melina entered this world already sick, but nobody knew it. The first few months of her life were like any other baby’s: feedings, diapers, smiles, finding her toes, and being wholly adored by her older toddler sister and two loving parents. Then at 3 months old, a fever and lethargy led to tests and the very worst diagnosis: Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, blood cancer. Melina, the doctors, and her parents fought with everything they had for 7 long, intense months that included chemo, radiation, bone marrow transplant, and a ventilator. She lost her very valiant battle just before she was even 10 months old.
That was 15 years ago on the Gregorian calendar. It was just yesterday for her parents. They lost a vital part of themselves the day Baby Melina gained her angel wings. They also refused to give in to grief. Six years later, in 2010, they started the Melina Wachter Memorial Foundation in Melina’s honor. Over the last 12 years they have hosted a golf tournament in order to raise money. This year is no different, with the 13th Annual Fore Melina Golf Tournament - did we mention Glenmoor? All the money raised helps support local children currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Desiree’ and Mike Wachter have become a mainstay on the childhood cancer circuit. They routinely re-stock the Comfy Cupboard, on the 7th floor at Children’s Hospital. They send monetary gifts to families in need. They sit and hold the hands of scared parents. They also put on one helluva golf tournament!
Desiree’, mom to Melina and the cheerful, driving force behind the tournament, spends 6 months of the year getting ready for this main event. This is one of the most fun, most impactful tournaments you can be a part of. There are Sponsorship opportunities. There is a silent auction (someone we won’t name spent a month dining at some of Denver’s best restaurants). There are mulligans for sale. Your donation on a par 5 hole will be shot by a pro and all the money goes to the tournament’s Cancer Champion. The Cancer Champion was started 9 years ago after a neighbor boy was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since then, a child fighting cancer is chosen and really brings a face of childhood cancer to the tournament. Last year, Taylor, the world’s cutest 1 1/2 year old and her family, were gifted $5000, all because of people like YOU who love to golf and who make Our Colorado a better place to live.
You can find all the details for the tournament at www.melinawachtermemorialfoundation.org. Grab some friends, make a foursome, and make a difference at Glenmoor this June!