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Playing for Life to host charity events

Following the success of the 100 Holes of Golf challenge, in which four local golf pros played 100 holes of golf for charity at Promontory on July 15, The Playing for Life Foundation has a busy week scheduled.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5, the organization has three events in three days. Wednesday’s event is the Swinging for Life — Greatest Race challenge, which begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Park City Golf Course. Thursday’s event is the 19th Hole Gala at Riverhorse, with appetizers, drinks and a silent auction, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, a golf tournament at Park City Golf Course begins at 8:15 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Cynthia Brown, chair of The Playing for Life Foundation board, said Wednesday’s Greatest Race is an exciting way to hit the golf course.

"That’s a race to play a hole of golf as fast as you possibly can," she said. "It’s about teeing off and getting the ball in the hole. We had one foursome complete a par-4 in about 42 seconds."

The cost for the Greatest Race is $50, or $40 if the player is also signed up for Friday morning’s tournament.

Thursday’s gala at Riverhorse costs $100 to attend. Brown said it will be a fun evening with plenty of items to bid on.

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"We try to raise as much as possible during that," she said. "The items are listed starting Aug. 1 at theplayingforlifefoundation.org. People can preview what we’re going to offer on that evening."

Friday’s tournament should be another large event, Brown said. The tournament has two formats — a four-person best-ball handicapped style or a scramble with no handicaps. Teams of four can register for the event, with a team entry fee of $600. Men’s teams, women’s teams and mixed teams are allowed.

"This is our 10th annual tournament," Brown said. "We have 90 people signed up so far, so there’s room for maybe two more teams. We have great hole-in-one prizes, breakfast and lunch."

Brown said The Playing for Life Foundation donates 98 percent of the money raised to local cancer-fighting organizations.

"We donate specifically to breast cancer research," she said. "We were able to offer 75 free mammograms in the Park City community last year and we were able to provide six retreats for survivors. At the retreats, they share their stories and bond. It’s a wonderful thing for these women to have that opportunity."

The Playing for Life Foundation uses a "full-circle" approach to fighting breast cancer, Brown added.

"We’re trying to find a cure for this disease in our lifetime and we take care of women in stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the disease," she said. "Then, the big step is prevention, and that’s where the mammograms come into it."

Though it’s shaping up to be a busy week for the all-volunteer organization, Brown said they can’t wait to get the events started.

"It’s an exciting time for us," she said. "We keep the money we raise local and support our community. We are very grateful to our sponsors and donors."

To learn more about The Playing for Life Foundation, or to sign up for this week’s events, visit http://www.theplayingforlifefoundation.org .