32nd Annual Death Valley Classic
Because of you, we’ve donated more than $487,942 to education!
Thank you so much for your generous support of our 32nd annual Death Valley Classic. The group of attendees at this year’s event was exceptional, comprised of many familiar faces as well as a few new ones.
While the competition on the golf course again proved to be intense, we all know that our main goal was to raise funds for the 128CM Scholarship Fund. In fact, one of the highlights of this year’s event was the live auction of the baked goods following the luncheon, which raised almost $4,000 thanks in large part to Dr. Peter Nelson who not only donated $1,200 to buy the lemon cake, but then shared slices for additional $100 donations! Thanks to these types of generous gestures, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Death Valley Classic generated $80,300 in contributions. This amount brings our total donations to $487,942 over the past 8 years!
As you know, this fund is dedicated to awarding monies to students who display some of the outstanding qualities and characteristics similar to those who were tragically lost on March 22nd, 2009. The recipient schools and students will be decided collectively by the remaining families and the selected schools will be updated on the www.128CM.org website.
We look forward to your participation again next year at the 33rd annual Death Valley Classic, which is scheduled for Friday, December 7th, 2018. Our hope is that this charity event will continue to grow with new families, friends, and sponsors.
With great appreciation,
Bud and Pam Feldkamp
P.S. Special thanks to our lone bike rider, Dr. Mike Boyko, who rode 56.5 miles and raised $1,955.
The 128CM Memorial Foundation was created in honor of those lives that were tragically cut short on March 22nd, 2009 in a plane accident in Butte, Montana. The name of the fund, pronounced “1-2-8-Charlie-Mike”, comes from the tail number of the Pilatus airplane that was piloted by Ellison “Air Bud” Summerfield.
The purpose of the fund is to raise scholarship monies to be awarded to those individuals who display outstanding characteristics and dedication similar to those of the Ching, Jacobson, and Pullen families who were on board. In the blink of an eye, Brent, Kristen, Hailey, Caleb, Erin, Amy, Taylor, Ava, Jude, Mike, Vanessa, Sydney, Christopher, and “Air Bud”, who are represented by the 14 stars in our foundation’s logo, were lost. Our aim is to honor their loss and remember them by displaying the giving qualities that they all possessed.