Dreams in Motion hosted its first fundraising golf tournament on July 17 at the Riverton (Wyoming)Country Club.
The 4-man scramble drew 13 teams (52 players) for a fun-filled 18-hole round that included an opportunity to win $10,000 on a hole-in-one on No. 16. along with putting and pin prizes.
Dreams in Motion (DiM) is a 501C3 non-profit organization. The organization’s mission is to honor transplant recipients and cancer patients of all ages in Wyoming and Utah who have battled life-endangering illnesses. DiM provides these “heroes” with a first-class experience at a professional or college sporting event.
DiM is the creation of Riverton, Wyoming, native Bruce Tippets and co-founder Joel Brown of Vernal, Utah. Tippets received a life-saving kidney transplant in October 2018 at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City. Prior to receiving the life-saving kidney, Tippets had battled health problems since 2009 and had taken dialysis treatments for 4 1/2 years.
“It was a great and humbling event to see so many people from Riverton, Lander and Wyoming play in the tournament,” Tippets said. “With the money raised, this will give DiM an opportunity to honor people, our heroes, who have been involved in their respective communities and to fulfil a small dream.”
The 4-man team of Matt Mason, Reggie Miller, Kevin Simpson and Kellen Miller took home the top prize of $400 from the Riverton golf pro shop.
“There were some outstanding golfers in the tournament, and I was impressed with the competition,” Tippets said. “We have recognized two heroes, and we have plans to recognize several in 2021. This effort is all about our heroes.”
Tippets said DiM board member Cody Beers helped with the tournament, and Riverton Country Club golf pro Collin Hopkins organized the tournament and made sure everything went smoothly.
“Cody and Collin were amazing the entire day,” Tippets added. “DiM couldn’t have done it without their help.”
DiM thanks all the golfers and the sponsors for making this event happen.
The gold sponsor for the event was CareDx, which is committed to improving transplant patient outcomes through innovative, noninvasive testing solutions and services throughout the entire patient journey.
Buckle Up for Life-Wyoming was a silver sponsor. Lunch sponsors included Central Wyoming College, Fremont Motors, Teton Therapy and Nucor Drilling.
Tee sponsors were Reddon, Koehn & Associates, CPAs PC, Benchmark Dental, RE/MAX, BTI, Central Bank and Trust, TDB Marketing, First Interstate Bank, Tyler Watson State Farm Insurance, Sage West HealthCare, Lander Golf Course, Jeremy Slack State Farm Insurance, Atlantic City Federal Credit Union, Mamaw’s Kitchen, Mike Axthelm and Linda Simon.
Some of the different raffle prizes were free foursomes and carts at Jackson Hole Golf (Jackson), Olive Glenn Course (Cody) and Jacoby Golf Course (Laramie). Four University of Wyoming football tickets were donated to the New Mexico football game in October.
Other prizes included a signed Cincinnati Bengals football jersey by Logan Wilson (donated by Beers), and a Washington Redskins Kirk Cousin signed jersey and a signed Chicago Bears Dick Butkus helmet (donated by Billy Brost of Riverton).
Central Wyoming College donated several items as well to the tournament.
Preparations for the second fundraising tournament in 2022 are under way.