Golf tourney honors police officer

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Wrigley’s Chicago Bar and Grill is hosting the James Davies Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of the fallen Lakewood police officer.

The tournament, planned as an annual event, will be at the Applewood Golf Course, 14001 W. 32nd Ave., on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. Tee off times begin at 7:30 a.m.

Entry is $90, and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, range balls, two drink tickets on the course, and an after party at Wrigley’s, 18200 W. Colfax Ave., which includes lunch, two drink tickets, prizes and live music.

“We heard about officer Davies back in November, and we have a lot of Golden officers who come through here, so we were really able to relate to the event through them,” said Skip Perry, co-owner of Wrigley’s. “So we eventually thought why don’t we start an annual event to try and raise some money for the family.”

Davies, 35, was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 9, 2012.

Perry said that the original idea was to raise money for Davies’ children’s college funds, but after speaking with his wife, Tami, he was encouraged to donate to Judi’s House, a non-profit organization that provides help to grieving children and families.

Davies’ family has been receiving help from the organization, and so the money raised from the tournament will go to the “James Davies Scholarship Fund,” which will provide educational scholarships to children working with Judi’s House.

“Many parties approach Judi’s House to hold similar donor driven fundraising events, which can range from large scale corporate golf tournaments to block parties organized by individual supporters,” said Ali Mabardi, development assistant with Judi’s House. “We never charge for our services, consequently donor driven events are a great way to support us in our endeavor to provide the most effective programming for the children and families who come to Judi’s House seeking a sense of normalcy and acceptance. “

Perry has reached out to businesses in Golden and Lakewood to sponsor a hole or provide prizes, and said that he has been touched by the response he has received from people.

“We have businesses sponsoring a hole, which is $200, but we also have a lot of small businesses that are donating things like quilting classes or meals, and that’s great as well,” he said.

Perry said they will start planning next year’s tournament as soon as this one wraps up.

“We want to keep Davies’ legacy alive, and this is just one way we can remind people at least once a year to think about him and what he did,” Perry said.

To sign up for the tournament, call 303-277-1551 or send an e-mail to gator944@msn.com. Participants can sign up the day of the tournament.

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