Special to Delta County Independent

Recently, Charlie Howe, a Cedaredge Men’s Golf Club member, noticed that the clubhouse carpet was showing its age with heavy wear and decided he wanted to do something about it. He contacted another member Jerry Pippin and started brainstorming a solution. After researching costs, it was discovered that about $1,800 would be needed to complete the project. Pippin set out to collect money. Club members and area residents quickly opened their wallets to help.

Once the money was raised and the carpet was installed, Howe, a long time craftsman, suggested they use a Noah’s Ark toy box that he had just finished as a reward for the generosity shown.

The toy box took about 100 hours of labor, is made of red oak, the ark and animals are made of 11 different types of wood and require 300 separate pieces cut, sanded, beveled and glued into place. Then the chest is sealed and finished with urethane.

They threw the names of all involved in a hat and had Amy Kramer draw a name that would win the chest. Just last week that name was drawn and happened to be Andy Pippin, Jerry’s son.

Andy, after winning the toy chest thought about it for a minute and chose to donate the chest to the Sizzler Golf Tournament to help raise funds for the First Tee Program. That program introduces the game of golf to children in the area as well as helps fund many needs of the Cedaredge High School Golf Team. The golf team has really grown in the last few years and continues to improve.

The Sizzler Golf Tournament is scheduled to be held on Aug. 22, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. There will now be two toy chests available to win, since Howe has decided to build another. Please join the group for this worthwhile event.

The club participants at Cedaredge continue to amaze the club with their generosity, ingenuity, and community pride. All involved deserve a huge thank you!

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