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Pine Cone Classic to raise funds for Ed Center
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The committee chairwomen of the annual Pine Cone Classic charity golf tournament are planning, organizing and working very diligently with all of their committee members and volunteers to ensure that their golf tournament and charity are successful.

The two-day invitational, which begins July 7, is a 36-hole tournament for ladies’ teams of four, playing two-best-ball gross and net. The event typically attracts from 92 to 108 competitors from the Four Corners area and beyond.

This year’s charity is the Archuleta County Education Center, Inc. It was incorporated as a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization in 1989. The center’s initial emphasis was adult literacy and basic skills training. It quickly grew to include alternative high school classes, GED training, adult vocational skills training, after school tutoring and enrichment programs at the elementary, intermediate and junior high schools. The center is the only provider of GED and ESL (English as a second language), of CPR and first aid certification training in the county, and conducts “in jail” GED tutorial classes. It serves the general population with traditional educational programming and focuses much of its efforts on engaging and enabling the less advantaged and at-risk communities.

The Adult Education Center successfully serves 800 to 1,100 children, youth and adults each year. The directors, Don Goodwin and Doug Bowen, are constantly writing and offering new programs to stay current and ahead of the community’s needs. Their programs and excellent learning environment enable the majority of the students the opportunity to earn their GEDs and advanced courses to get better jobs, and become more productive in the community. Because the center is a small non-profit organization, it relies on grants and on the generosity and philanthropy of the community for its resources and continuing success. As the economy continues to sputter, government and state aid in the form of grants and additional aid are disappearing. The Adult Education Center provides a very valuable and viable service to our community, and they need our help. Anyone interested in donating to the center may contact Kay McKee, Pine Cone Classic finance chair, at 731-1618.

Crumpton TV of Greenville, Texas, has very generously donated at 32-inch Zenith high definition television to the Pine Cone Classic committee to help raise funds for our charity. All proceeds from the sales of the $10 tickets will go to the Adult Education Center. Ticket sales are open to the public, and may be purchased from Leslie Fluharty, Pine Cone Classic chairwoman, at 731-6331.