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Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation celebrates second year in Valley

SNOQUALMIE - Autumn is a tough time for the Jeans family, but it's also a time of fellowship and hope.

The family that lost Tanner Jeans two years ago in a bicycle accident will observe his 9th birthday Sept. 28. But on Oct. 10 and Oct. 22, they will watch as community members come out and celebrate what Tanner was all about with two annual events to raise money to benefit Valley kids like Tanner.

All money raised has two goals. Some is set aside to send underprivileged children from the Valley to sports camps. Long-term goals for the money include creating a soccer field in Tanner's name on Snoqualmie Ridge and setting up scholarships to the University of Washington for students who will graduate in 2015 - the year Tanner would have graduated.

"I think that we thought the best way to keep Tanner's memory alive would be to help other kids do things he liked to do," said Jennifer Jeans Simon, Tanner's aunt.

The Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation will host the second annual Tanner Jeans Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 10, at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. Shotgun start is at 10 a.m. The tournament will be in scramble format with four players per team. Awards will go to first-, second- and third-place finishers; longest drive; and closest to the pin. Box lunches and dinner (served during the awards ceremony) will be included along with refreshments in the morning. A cash bar will also be available. The cost is $165 per person or $650 per team.

The second annual Tanner Jeans Memorial Benefit Concert & Silent Auction will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Clubhouse from 6 to 10 p.m.

Exit 25 (a band that includes Tanner's father, Brian, among its members) is back by popular demand to fill the night with old-time favorites and today's cover hits.

A spread of hors d'oeuvres, as well as a cash bar, will be available for attendees to feast upon as they peruse the selection of items available in the silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation. Tickets cost $45 per person or $85 per couple, and baby-sitting services will again be provided this year. More information will be announced.

Reservations for this event can be made by contacting Laurie Gibbs at (425) 396-4572. Limited seating is available. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Reservations must be made (with a check sent) in order to reserve a spot. Tickets will be available at the door only if space is available.

Checks must be made payable to the: "Tanner Jeans Memorial Foundation" for both events. Mail payments for the concert and auction to Laurie Gibbs and payments for the scramble to Max Gibbs, both at the same address: 34921 Rhododendron Dr., Snoqualmie, WA 98065.

* Registration for the golf scramble will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsorships for the golf tournament are still available. If you or your company would like to sponsor a hole, please call Max at (425) 396-4572.

Staff Writer Melissa Kruse can be contacted at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at melissa.kruse@valleyrecord.com.

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