Letter of Thanks
September 23, 2014
Kicking it to Cancer
What an AMAZING Labor Day Weekend in Grand County.
Traci Brammer would be proud! We definitely Kicked it to Cancer. With 400-plus in attendance, we're so proud to call Grand County our home. We were able to raise over $32,000 for the Brammer Family Fund, a fund of the Grand Foundation which assists Grand County families affected by cancer.
For those of you unaware, Traci Brammer, a longtime friend, employee of the Town of Winter Park, avid softball player, wife, mother and all around great individual, passed away on March 9 after a long battle with cancer.
Before she passed away she asked us, her friends, if we would help other local families suffering from this dreadful disease. In the spirit of Traci's passion for life, we threw an all-around awesome family event to support this fund, in memory of Traci and her courageous fight and thus satisfy her request to aid others with similar struggles.
A huge thank you to our four generous sponsors; Title Sponsors Town of Winter Park and the Grand Foundation, Lunch Sponsor, Winter Park/Fraser Chamber of Commerce and the Entertainment Sponsor was Destinations West at Beaver Village.
With a sold out fleet of 17 teams that participated in the 2nd Annual Kickin' it to Cancer Tournament, there wasn't an unhappy face in the crowd. Though only two took home the victory of their divisions (HGH and Swift Kick in the Grass), all brought home a win for our community.
We would like to thank all of the players and their captains: Matt Bailey, TJ Bass, Mark & Nancy Bjerken, Cathleen Conroy, Tim Gagnon, Tim Givens, Kelley Glancey, Emily Hefel, Rebecca Kaufman, Bonnie Knutson, Jimmy & Jeannine Lahrman, David Michel, Jake Mikol, Mike Miles, Jody Mintken, Michelle Seville and Banning & Stacy Starr.
There were also over 100 silent auction donors and numerous bake sale donors we would like to extend our sincere thanks to. We would also like to send our appreciation to Nic Lawrence, Kaitlyn McConnell, Kiana Ledin, Gary Key, John Vella, Nicole Boeckers, Helen Sedlar, Jeff Skinner, Marty Aither, Adam & Sarah Hershfelt at Elevation Pizza, Shamrock Foods and the Winter Park/Fraser Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to the Fraser Valley Recreation District (Austin, Scott Lozar, Deidre and Peter) for the brackets, beautiful weather and an amazing venue for us to hold the event. Most noteworthy for the day would have to go to the John, Kylee, Bonnie and all of their family and their unwavering support and dedication to the community and this cause.
There were 10 fabulous ladies and a gentleman that helped put the event on; Jackie Brannagan, Nancy Bjerken, Anne Burks, Russ Chameroy, Karissa Gagnon, Rachel Knorr, Michelle Lawrence, Sarah Martin, Jody Mintken, Missy Quinn and Debi Roe. Thanks to all of you, it was a great event and we appreciate the hard work you put into the event and the grants going forward, which will undoubtedly help assist local families affected by cancer.
I think everyone would agree the plaque on the bench that was donated to the Fraser Valley Rec. District playground in Traci Brammer's memory says it all: "Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts." Vince Lombardi must have had Traci in mind.
THANK YOU GRAND COUNTY.
The Grand Foundation