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Disc golfers' annual Ice Bowl set for Feb. 9

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - There will be three winners at the 2013 Ice Bowl disc golf games Saturday, Feb. 9 - Grand Valley Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen; Child and Migrant Services in Palisade; and the Agape Food Basket in Fruita.Each year the local disc golf club hosts its winter Ice Bowl disc golf tournament to raise money for area organizations. Since the club was formed in the mid 1990s, it has raised more than $45,000 for local nonprofits. "Since I joined in 2005, it has raised on average, $5,000-6,000 a year," disc golfer Bill Alderman said. Disc golf is similar to golf - the objective is to land an object into a stationary hole. Only, in disc golf, the hole is a basket and golf ball is a flying disc.The local disc golf club boasts 175 members - men, women and children - 171 who are active participants, Alderman said.Anyone can participate in the Ice Bowl, including beginners - the only stipulation is players must provide their own set of flying discs."It's not about winning," Alderman said. "It's about helping charities - that's who wins this round."The organization is hoping for 100 participants this year, he said.Cost to play is $25, and includes an after-game party and silent auction event at Peach Tree Distillers, 144 S. Kluge Ave. in Palisade.The Ice Bowl games will take place at Riverbend Park in Palisade. There are also disc golf courses at West Lake, near West Middle School in Grand Junction, and the new Riverfront Disc Golf Course in Fruita off Hwy. 340. The club is currently working on a new course on Watson Island, near the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens in Grand Junction.Agape Food Bank is open Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. The food bank provides eligible families in Fruita, Loma and Mack with food boxes, six times a year.Child and Migrant Services is a Palisade nonprofit that serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families.Catholic Outreach helps the homeless and people on the verge of homelessness through its various programs.


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