Blue Hydrangea, a favorite,
and inspiration for the colors of this web site
Please join us in honoring a remarkable person who loved life and lived it to the fullest, making friends along the way and inspiring us all.
Chris surrounded herself with people and
activities that gave her great joy:
her family and friends, the arts, the great outdoors, and tennis.
She enjoyed the challenge of learning the game of tennis and was committed to becoming a better tennis player. Her passion for the game was fueled by the many special friendships that she developed during her years of playing social and competitive tennis.
The Chris Burge Classic Tennis Tournament was organized in
honor Chris Burge, a passionate tennis player, who died of lung cancer in January 2007. Although Chris never smoked, she was part of a growing unfortunate group of non-smoking women who are diagnosed with lung cancer.
All proceeds from this event will benefit non-smoking lung cancer research
at the University Of Colorado Cancer Center and to build the
Poudre Valley Hospital Cancer Center in Fort Collins.
In addition, a portion of the money raised will fund two $1,000 scholarships,
which will be awarded to a male and female Northern Colorado
high school senior tennis player.
Through generous sponsors and many donations, we continue to raise more money every year. In 2008 over $16,000 was raised. In 2009 more than $23,000 was raised. In 2010 over $40,000 was raised. Thank you all for your suuport.
As this event continues to grow and our fundraising goals expand, the need for
sponsorship increases as well. Your company's generous donation will help raise
awareness relating to non-smoking lung cancer. Also with your support, two
community cancer centers will continue to provide medical care, efficiencies and conveniences for patients and families battling the disease.
Thank you in advance for your time, commitment and support.
Sincerely - Shireen Updegraff
Chairperson, Chris Burge Classic Tennis Tournament