Penny Parker On The Town: Cherry Hills GM Hood lauded for heroism with golf writers’ award

Cherry Hills Country Club General Manager Kevin Hood recently received the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Mary Bea Porter Award.

The honor was bestowed at the MGWA’s 62nd national awards dinner Tuesday in Tarrytown, N.Y. Hood was honored for saving the life of Cherry Hills member John Moore. Responding to a “code blue” call on Jan. 29, Hood administered CPR to the 87-year-old Moore, who had fallen and hit his head causing his tongue to block his airway.

Hood performed chest compressions and other life-saving measures. After a 10-day hospital stay, Moore recovered and returned to Cherry Hills to enjoy his club membership.

Colorado Avid Golfer magazine first reported the news and you can read more at

The award is named for Mary Bea Porter, a former LPGA Tour pro who left the course in the middle of a qualifying round of the 1988 Samaritan Turquoise Classic in Phoenix to save a drowning 3-year-old boy at a home adjacent to a fairway.

Other honorees at this year’s dinner included tour pro Paul Azinger, receiving the MGWA’s Gold Tee Award; Metropolitan PGA executive director Charles Robson; the PGA Tour Wives Association; the Honda Classic; veteran sportscaster Ed Ingles and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y.

Hood, 52, is in his eighth year at Cherry Hills and was a starting linebacker at the University of Colorado and former pro football player with the Denver Gold of the USFL.

Cabela’s carves niche in metro area

Cabela’s the giant outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the official grand opening of its two Denver-area locations in Thornton and Lone Tree on Aug. 15.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies hosted by Cabela’s executives and special guests will begin at 10:45 a.m. at each location, and doors will open for business at 11 a.m. Opening day will begin a weekend-long celebration featuring outdoor celebrities, events for the entire family, giveaways and more.

The Lone Tree store will be located in Douglas County in the new RidgeGate Commons development along I-25 at RidgeGate Parkway. The 110,000-square-foot store will employ approximately 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

The Thornton store will be located in a new retail development along I-25 at 144th Ave. The 90,000-square-foot store will employ roughly 175 employees.

Cabela’s operates 44 stores across North America with plans to open an additional 16 over the next two years. More information at

Sips, snacks and Summer Music Series

Elway’s Cherry Creek got its ninth annual Summer Music Series off to a rockin’ start Wednesday with The Police tribute band Message in a Bottle.

The restaurant’s covered patio was packed, but the outside courtyard was even more sardine-like with all the pretty people mingling, munching and sipping signature cocktails such as Grey Goose Cougar Juice (Grey Goose Le Citron and Odwalla Pom-Limeade).

There really is no better spot for people watching with the possibility of a hook-up by the end of the evening (the band plays from 6:30 till 9 p.m.).

Next up on Wednesday is the wildly popular band the Railbenders, who set records in food and beverage sales whenever they perform. To see the entire series line-up go to

Speaking of adult beverages

Peak 7 Vodka made a splash recently into the Colorado micro-spirits market. The seven-times distilled Peak 7, made at Mile High Distillery, comes onto the scene on the heels of a medal-winning performance at the 2013 Denver International Spirits Contest March 2 and 3.

Twelve prominent spirits professionals judged the double-blind tasting, and Peak 7 Vodka was awarded a bronze for best vodka.

“We are Colorado people who want to make a vodka that reflects the culture and vibrancy of Denver and the Rocky Mountains,” said Peak 7 co-founder Dave Collier. “We think Colorado’s the best place on Earth you can live, and the best place on Earth to make great vodka.”

Peak 7 Vodka is currently available at Mondo Vino in Highland, and three Fort Collins eateries: The Austin’s American Grill restaurants, The Moot House and Enzio’s Italian Kitchen.

“All things being equal, there are a lot of people who would rather buy locally made spirits,” Peak 7 co-founder Desi Lopez said. “We’re delivering that high-end quality that people have come to expect from some of the major European brands, but we’re doing it with vodka made right here in our home city.”

For more about Peak 7 Vodka, go to

Gaggle of guys

The second annual Guys’ Night Out features an evening of scotch, sausage, cars and cigars from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Casselman’s, 2620 Walnut St. to promote Gentlemental Health.

The event features tongue-in-cheek character Dr. Rich Mahogany, who offers guys manly advice on “therapy the way a man would do it,” keynote speaker former Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese and emcee and former Denver Post columnist Bill Husted.

Griese will be speaking on the impact of suicide on children in conjunction with his affiliation with Judi’s House, named for his mother who died of cancer when Griese was a young boy.

Guys’ Night Out is a fundraiser for the Carson J. Spencer Foundation, a suicide prevention program for working-aged individuals.

Tickets are $100 or $75 for young professionals ages 21 to 30 years old. For more information, go to

Vegan Pizza Day

Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced PAH-cheese) celebrates Vegan Pizza Day with vegan selections available on June 29.

Patxi’s Cherry Creek and Cherry Hills locations are offering a vegan pizza combo created by chef/partner Patxi Azpiroz, newly back from his food tour of the Amalfi Coast.

The vegan pizza combo is available as a whole pie or as a slice of the day in thin or stuffed crust, and feature Daiya vegan mozzarella, whole wheat crust, fresh spinach, crushed garlic and red onion.

The vegan slices of the day cost between $3.25 and $4.75 during lunch only and can be paired with a salad and soda for $9.99.

Both locations (3455 S. University Blvd., Englewood, and 185 Steele St., Denver) feature a $2 Lagunitas’ IPA, a vegan beer.

More information at

Eavesdropping on a woman at opening night of Elway’s Cherry Creek’s Summer Music Series: “I wear Spanx all the time. I even wear them skiing.”

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