TSSC is a non-profit organization providing regional youths, 6 to 18 years old, with competitive skiing and snowboarding programs. TSSC is the largest youth organization, in both size and duration of programs, for the southwestern Colorado region.
“Our athletes have competed at the Junior Worlds and Nationals, US Ski and Snowboard Nationals, the Junior Olympics, and our own Jimmy Discoe recently made the US Ski Team,” says Justin Chandler, executive director of TSSC. The annual Steve Butts Memorial Golf Tournament has been instrumental in allowing TSSC’s training facility to operate year-round, raising over $50,000 at last year’s event alone. “This particular fundraiser now raises more than our other four combined,” says Chandler.
Butts, a competitive skier himself, was a big supporter of TSSC with two of his own children formerly in the program. Continuing the pursuit of Butts’s passion is his longtime friend, former partner and managing broker for Telluride Properties, Steve Cieciuch.
“This is a great way for friends to honor his legacy by inspiring a lifelong enjoyment of skiing in our kids,” says Cieciuch, who has chaired the event for the past four years.
The three-part celebration kicks off Friday night at the New Sheridan Bar with a Calcutta featuring video highlights of last year’s tournament. Saturday morning, the four-person scramble golf tournament will get a shotgun start at the Telluride Golf Club. And capping off the whole event, an after party will be held at the residence of Barry Cox on Saturday night with dinner, dancing, awards, and auctions. Cox is graciously opening his residence, the former home of Butts, to golfers and non-golfers alike.
Saturday’s auction is a great way for people to support TSSC without having to participate in the golf tournament. Some of the items up for auction include a three-night stay in California’s wine country, a night at Dunton Hot Springs, a week at Manhattan Beach in California, and much more.
For complete details regarding the golf tournament celebration, or the Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club, please contact Chandler at 728-6163 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.tssc.org" www.tssc.org.
– Watch Staff Reports