Golden gentlemen are finding a way to make a difference

A group of men are working towards making Golden a better place.

A group of men are working towards making Golden a better place.

“We are a brand new non-profit society aimed at building community spirit through events and sports in the Golden area,” Brian Coles explained.

They call themselves the Gentlemen’s Leisure Club of Golden and they consist of young men who call this place home.

“We have lived in Golden between four and 22 years because we love this town and everything it has to offer. The people, the mountains and the lifestyle.”

The GLCG was founded for a simple reason: “We all felt we could make a positive difference in the community. Many people make suggestions about how the town could be better without ever doing anything about it, ourselves included. So we decided to start the GLCG to make the change we wanted. Golden is a town with so many resources, awesome people and great businesses. Through our events, we hope to bring all these factors together.”

Throughout the months and years, various events will be held by the GLCG including the Golden Ski Swap which will be taking place on November 19 in the Spirit Square from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and their Movember event.

“The 2nd Annual and Internationally Acclaimed Moustache Competition of Golden will be held December 2, at the Riverhouse,” Greg Bodnaryk, another member of the GLCG said. “Our goal is to raise money for the Movember Foundation. Movember is an international foundation that supports the number one male cancer, prostate cancer.”

“There are two categories in the Moustache Competition this year. We have the Regular competition where contestants shave November 1 and grow the best lip caterpillar they can,  then we are going to do a Freestyle category where fellas who have been sporting their face furniture for the past twenty years can enter and take a run for the prize.”

The Moustache Competition has a $20 entrance fee. Ten dollars will go directly towards the Movember Foundation and the other $10 will go into the prize pot. For those who choose to simply donate, all of your donation will go directly to the Movember Foundation.

Movember is sort of like a 5 km run for cancer where folks raise money for an allotted period of time then do their run on a specific date. The difference being, Movember is a month long, painstakingly gruelling marathon, while people signed up collect donations. Chris Soaper, owner of the Riverhouse, will also be matching whatever money is collected of the $20 entrance fees, doubling the donations and prize money.

Those who wish to sign up or donate can do so at the Crooked Antler, Plane Wayne & Jane, DARKSIDE and the Riverhouse all month.

“These local businesses have signup sheets and donation forms.”

Funds from all other GLCG events have two purposes, “go back into the community through more events and through supporting income sensitive children in the pursuit of sports and leisure as a positive lifestyle choice,” Coles continued.

The GLCG consists of Greg Bodnaryk, Telsin Bennet, Eric Prasloski, Dan Rose, Brady Starr, Brad Bokenfohr and Brian Coles.

“We want to use our events to bridge the gaps between the old and the new, seniors and the youth, the snow lovers and those with other priorities. In awhile, we want to do our part to help the community grow.

“We all grew up in small towns and know the positive effect that a sport or passion can have on one’s life. Sport and leisure are a way to vent frustrations, develop creativity, expand your skill sets or just take a timeout from the world and focus on the feelings you have at that given moment.

“These positive influences keep children focused on the important things in life and foster desire. Some people do not have the opportunity to get into these activities because of a lack of exposure or finances. We want to work with local charities and societies and make sure no child misses out.”

For anyone who would like to have more information on the GLCG or their events, email gentlemensclubofgolden@gmail.com.