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High Fives raises $19,000 at Charity Golf Tournament in Truckee

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The High Fives Foundation hosted its third annual charity golf tournament at The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing in Truckee on Thursday, May 16. Approximately $19,000, up from

$16,000 in 2012 and $6,000 in 2011, was raised in order to support recovery and rehabilitation efforts of traumatically injured winter action sports athletes.

To date the High Fives Foundation has provided grant funding to 43 injured athletes in 14 states.

"Having to live through experiencing a traumatic, life-changing, injury is devastating," said High Fives Foundation Winter Empowerment Fund athlete and Golf Course at Gray's Crossing Superintendent Phil Hoban said. "Having the backing of the High Fives Foundation, along with its positive energy, was critical to recovering from my spinal cord injury."

Hoban added, "Roy Tuscany, the High Fives Foundation founder, was one of the first people I saw at the hospital after my injury. He was there to offer the Foundation's support and his personal help. Grant funding I received through the Winter Empowerment Fund helped cover the costs for alternative healing therapies. Acupuncture and massage therapy were vital treatments for me. I had extensive nerve damage and these therapies woke up my nerve endings. I am proud to say that today I am 100 percent recovered. I am able to ski and do all of the activities I used to be able to do before my accident. Without the support of the High Fives Foundation, I am not sure if I would be where I am today."

The tournament kicked off with an exciting Break the Glass contest (presented by Northwestern Mutual – Ryan Williams) where golfers took their best shot at chipping a golf ball through a plate of glass. Once on the course, the field of competitors had a blast making custom bigtruck Brand hats, eating hot dogs with the Shane McConkey Foundation peeps, taking on PGA Head Golf Professional Travis Alley and swinging for the fences in the Smith Optics Baseball Bat Long Drive Contest.

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In addition to the Men's and Women's Closest to the Pin and Long Drive Contests, the tournament concluded with a shoot-out in the Putting Contest presented by SpineNevada on the practice green. Once the results were tallied, everyone involved in the tournament was treated to an exquisite pig-roast dinner catered by Full Belly Deli.

Tournament results are as follows:

Overall tournament winners

First place: Tahoe Mountain Donkeys (Dylan Griffin, Dirk Skillicorn, Shane Jones and Jeff Brown)

Second place: Got Snow? (Jeremy Penkofski, Scott Matthews, John Parker and Chad Corbin)

Third Place: Rebel Fitness Academy (Ryan Egan, Mark Neave, Scott Bolan and Patrick Bruce)

Contest winners

Break the Glass (Presented by Northwestern Mutual – Ryan Williams): Danny Daggenheart

Beat the Pro (Presented by The Golf Club at Gray's Crossing): Matt Nelson

Men's Longest Drive (Presented by Crestwood Construction): Greg Lindsey

Men's Closest to the Pin (Presented by Guild Mortgage Co.): Mike Laroche

Women's Longest Drive (Presented by Crestwood Construction): Katy Jones

Women's Closest to the Pin (Presented by Guild Mortgage Co.): Katy Jones

Putting Contest (Presented by SpineNevada): Scott Corum

Smith Optics Baseball Bat Longest Drive: Tom Marrin

For more information about High Fives, visit http://www.highfivesfoundation.org.