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Victory Motors Cancer Drive features casino night, golf tourney Aug. 18, 19

Craig Press Staff Report

Rick Upchurch drives from the first tee at Yampa Valley Golf Course during 2017's Cancer Drive hosted by Victory Motors. This year's event includes the return of the Rick Upchurch Drive 4 Life Golf Tournament, as well as a casino night and autograph session.

A local auto dealer is driving to make difference in the community.

The fifth annual Victory Motors Cancer Drive takes place Aug. 18 and 19 with multiple activities benefiting Moffat County Cancer Society.

The festivities for this year’s event — first started by Steve and Tony Maneotis to support fellow business co-owner and sister Irene Kitzman following a cancer diagnosis — include an autograph session with a variety of professional athletes from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Victory Motors, 2705 W. First St. Among those confirmed to be in attendance are Rick Upchurch, Jon Keyworth, Billy Van Heusen, Charlie Adams, Chris Young, Ron Egloff, Wade Manning, Le-Lo Lang, Greg Boyd, Dwight Anderson and Jason Hurst, with more to be announced.

That evening will be a casino night and silent auction at the Quality Inn & Suites, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13, formerly Clarion Inn & Suites.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a buffet at 6 and gaming from 7 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $40 apiece or $75 per couple. Each ticket is good for $200 in chips, buffet access and one drink.

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Aug. 19 sees the event take to Yampa Valley Golf Course for the second annual Rick Upchurch Drive 4 Life Golf Tournament with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

The tourney partners with the Ladies Golf Association as well as Upchurch, a former Denver Bronco who has battled chronic myeloid leukemia.

The tournament also commemorates the life of Dave Watson.

Upchurch and fellow pro athletes will be joining players on the links, as well as long drive competitor Josh Cassaday, who could win competitors a trip for two to Pebble Beach with a hole-in-one.

Additional prizes include a $10,000 safari at stake in the putting contest, as well as awards for closest to the pin, longest drive, longest putt and shortest drive for novices.

Space is limited, and registration is $75 per player and includes a gift bag with either a free 19-degree hybrid club or 60-degree lob wedge from Warrior Custom Golf.

For more information, call 970-824-4422.