SEEN: Di­a­monds in the Rough fundraiser

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Joanne David­son Joanne David­son: 303-8091314, par­ti­writer@hot­ and @joanne­david­son on Twit­ter.

Con­tin­u­ing a tra­di­tion set 18 years ago, the par­tic­i­pant ros­ter for Hyde Park Jewel­ers’ Di­a­monds in the Rough Char­ity Golf Clas­sic reads like a Who’s Who in Sports, with a slew of other celebri­ties join­ing in this two-day event that raises money for some very wor­thy causes.

This year’s lineup in­cluded Matt Ise­man, host of NBC’s “Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior”; for­mer Den­ver Bron­cos Steve At­wa­ter, DeMar­cus Ware, Al­fred Wil­liams, Rod Bern­s­tine, Ty­rone Brax­ton and Joel Dreessen; for­mer Colorado Rock­ies Gar­rett Atkins and Ja­son Hirsch; Wal­ter Davis, whose 15 years in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion were spent with the Phoenix Suns, Den­ver Nuggets and Port­land Trail­blaz­ers; Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver hockey coach Jim Mont­gomery; Indy Car driver Buzz Calkins; Kyle Quincey, a de­fense­man for the Na­tional Hockey League’s Min­nesota Wild; New York Is­lan­ders de­fense­man Scott May­field; agent Peter Schaf­fer; and Mullen High School grad Bo Scaife, whose ca­reer in the NFL in­cluded stints with the Ten­nessee Ti­tans, Cincinnati Ben­gals and New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots.

Also, ac­tress/model Kim Alexis, whose im­age has graced 500 mag­a­zine cov­ers; ac­tor John Ash­ton; for­mer Uni­ver­sity of Colorado Buffs Dar­ian Ha­gan and Charles John­son; and the Colorado Avalanche’s TV an­a­lyst Peter McNabb.

Alexis had lived in Boul­der for sev­eral years fol­low­ing a di­vorce; she moved back to New York around this time last year.

Di­a­monds in the Rough be­gan on July 16 with a din­ner at El­way’s Cherry Creek and con­tin­ued the fol­low­ing day with break­fast, fol­lowed by 18 holes of golf, cock­tails, the Mil­lion Dol­lar Shootout and an awards cer­e­mony at the pres­ti­gious Sanc­tu­ary Golf Course near Sedalia.

The golfers com­peted for some amaz­ing prizes: a Schaffhausen IWC watch, his and hers Rolex watches, a Kwiat di­a­mond pen­dant, a Bre­itling Colt Skyracer watch and a Laws Whiskey bas­ket, just to name a few.

In the end, the event — chaired by me­dia per­son­al­i­ties Les Shapiro and Rich “G-Man” Goins — raised $200,000 for the Den­ver Health Foun­da­tion, the Global Down Syn­drome Foun­da­tion and Girls, Inc. of Metro Den­ver.

A high­light of the din­ner came when at­tor­ney Steve Far­ber was pre­sented with the 2017 Di­a­monds in the Rough Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award for his long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to char­i­ta­ble causes.

Far­ber’s wife, Cindy, and sons Brad and Brent ac­com­pa­nied him to the din­ner, join­ing a crowd that also in­cluded Gary Reece, pres­i­dent of Can­cer League of Colorado; Carol and Larry Mizel; Susi and Rick Alt­man; Tracey and Jeff Muoio (he is chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for MasTec, one of the tour­na­ment’s spon­sors); Mor­ganS­tan­ley vice pres­i­dent Mitch Ryan and his wife, Danielle; and tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Nancy Lamb Thomp­son.

As hosts Michael and Shereen Pol­lak ex­plained, “Di­a­monds in the Rough is a non­profit foun­da­tion cre­ated by Hyde Park, Inc. to sup­port lo­cal char­i­ties and in­di­vid­u­als in their quest to be­come trea­sured gems. Trea­sured gems are those who are chal­lenged and in need of sup­port to at­tain bril­liance not oth­er­wise avail­able to them.”

Pho­tos pro­vided by Hyde Park Jewel­ers

For­mer Den­ver Bronco DeMar­cus Ware and his girl­friend, Angela Daniel.

Matt Ise­man, host of NBC’s “Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior,” and his dad, Dr. Michael Ise­man.

Jeff Schwartz with ac­tress/model Kim Alexis.

Host Michael Pol­lak presents the 2017 Di­a­monds in the Rough Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award to Steve Far­ber.

Event spon­sors Faye and Steve Demby.

Jay Mills, whose Jay’s Valet was a tour­na­ment spon­sor, with fi­ancee Kiana Ak­ina.

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