Wednesday, August 9, 2006

YMCA grabs fistful of dollars

Actor Clint Eastwood among celebrity guests

Express Staff Writer

Clint and Dina Eastwood participate in this year?s YMCA Celebrity Classic golf tournament and dinner. Photo by Willy Cook

Supporters of the Wood River YMCA turned out in force—and cleaned out their wallets—at this weekend's Celebrity Classic golf tournament and dinner.

A large party tent near Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley housed 300 guests at the auction and dinner Sunday.

An estimated $800,000 was raised during the auction, Monday's golf tournament at Elkhorn Golf Course and program fund raising, said Mike Wolter, the YMCA's campaign manager.

"It exceeded our expectations," Wolter said of the 8th annual event. "It was the best we've had so far. We had a spectacular auction, and we honored Bud Yorkin by naming our media center after him."

YMCA staff had already announced the inclusion of a youth media center in the recreational facility. The YMCA broke ground on the multi-million-dollar facility in Ketchum last spring.

Golf tournament founder Yorkin, who has worked in the television and film industries, was surprised Sunday when he learned it would be named after him.

"This is the perfect opportunity for the YMCA to honor everything he has done for the organization," Wolter said.

Actors Scott Glenn, Mariel Hemingway, Clint Eastwood and Richard Schiff were among the other celebrity attendees.

The auction item garnering the highest bid was a legacy membership to the Wood River YMCA, Wolter said. The owner will be the first member of this YMCA and will be able to pass the membership down through future generations. The winning bid was $120,000.

Other bid winners will be going to the Indy 500 car race, the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago, Vineyard Knolls in Napa Valley and the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Two silver lab puppies garnered $5,500 each, while a children's playhouse netted $12,000.

First place in the golf went to the team of Alex Orb, Bill Bohrer, Janet Appleton, John Kelly and Fred Stolle. In second place were Georgia Hutchinson, Gary Storey, Brian Cincotta, Kevin Cincotta and Johnny Unser. Long-drive winners were Whit Atkinson and Jane Popovich. Proximity winners were Bill Bohrer, Chris Benson, Jack Scalia and Juan Luis Sanchez.

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