By Jana Pribbeno
The Imperial Republican
When the initial pamphlets were sent out for the first annual Logan Bauman Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled for the end of June, Andy, Karla and Alyse Bauman did not realize the support from their many friends and family would be so great.
Logan Bauman was killed in December of 2008 as he was crossing a busy street in Parker, Colo. Logan had taken his entry exam for Regis High School that same day.
June 29 was a day of challenge and emotion as 46 four-person teams took on the Pinery Country Club Golf Course for 18 holes of golf.
As the parking lot overfilled with golfers, volunteers, family and friends, people poured into the clubhouse to register and also to attend the silent auction.
Numerous former and current residents of Imperial were in attendance. After a few words from Andy Bauman, expressing his family’s gratitude, the teams took to the challenging course with around five hours of golfing ahead of them.
Each team had a box camera to take pictures of themselves and one another throughout the day. The cameras became symbolic, as the family had actually discovered a forgotten photo of Logan, on a box camera, as he was golfing one day.
After play was completed, all of the participants headed to the big tent that was set up for a buffet style meal, followed by a live auction. Both auctions raised over $15,000.
One of the items was a set of Colorado Buffaloes vs Nebraska Cornhusker football tickets that were donated back to be auctioned for three rounds for a combined amount of over $1,500. Helping out with that part of the auction were Husker football players, Drew Young and Keith Williams. They were also part of a team golfing in the tournament that day. Drew is a nephew of Andy Bauman.
Some of the other items sold were rounds of golf at several of the Denver area courses, along with spa gift certificates, and get-aways to Keystone and Winter Park.
The highlight of the auction was a tree to be planted in Logan’s name at Regis High School. Logan’s grandparents, Kent and Donita Pribbeno of Imperial, won the bid.
All proceeds from the Logan Bauman Memorial Golf Tournament will be placed in the Logan Bauman Memorial Fund. The purpose of the fund is to assist individuals in youth athletic programs for children ages 10-18, in order to encourage and develop their physical, mental and athletic abilities through education, training and exercise; and to instill positive character traits such as self-discipline, fair play, good sportsmanship and honest competition.
Participants will be chosen based upon the traits and characteristics of Logan Andrew Bauman.
The second purpose of the fund is to assist individual students who exhibit the passion and dedication for continued education to achieve their desired career goals and opportunities. Students will also be chosen based upon the traits and characteristics of Logan.
When talking with the Bauman family last week, Andy said they were narrowing down the applications and essays submitted from the individuals wishing to attend Regis. Andy said that keeping this dream alive is what Logan would have wanted to do.