Former Pagosa Springs residents Cindy, Burly and Chris White wanted to find some way to pay special tribute to their daughter and sister, Lauren, following her tragic death in an automobile accident in 2002.
They also wanted some way of giving back to the community that had captured their hearts with such a remarkable outpouring of generosity and love during their most difficult time.
The family recalled how excited Lauren had been about receiving scholarships for college and felt that might be a good place to start.
With the help of directors of the Charles W. Hughes Foundation, the family found a way to establish the Lauren White Memorial Scholarship.
The idea for a golf tournament to fund it was conceived in spring of 2003.
The Whites thought it would be a great way to raise funds to supplement what had already been donated and to keep the scholarship going. “We love doing it,” say the Whites. “The response from the community, and especially the local merchant sponsors, has been fantastic.”
This year’s four-person scramble tournament is set for a 10 a.m. shotgun start Saturday, June 4, at Pagosa Springs Golf Club. There will be other contests and giveaways with lunch at the clubhouse.
All are invited to participate at $75 per person. To sign up, call 731-4755 or visit the golf shop.
A special fund is set up at Wells Fargo Bank where people continue to make donations.
Each spring, students can apply for a scholarship through the school counselor’s office. Applications are reviewed by the Hughes Foundation with the help of school counselors. Recipients are announced during the school’s graduation ceremony.
This year, the fund provided five $1,500 and two $1,000 scholarships to graduates.
“We were just overwhelmed at how many people, even people we didn’t know, reached out to us,” the family recalls. “Pagosa Springs is a very special place and we just wanted to give something back. Also, we know how hard Lauren worked to achieve success in school. We think other special needs kids who work hard deserve a chance, too, to further their education. Lauren would have loved it.”