Olie and Stu's Desert Bash This Monday
RICHLAND, Wash. - NHL stars Olaf Kolzig and Stu Barnes truly are invested in the community. The former Tri-City Americans now own the team, and also bring together local celebrities to raise money for autism research every year. This year's Olie and Stu's Desert Bash Golf Tournament is Monday at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland. Last year it was the fourth year, and was a huge success, raising one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Carson Kolzig foundation, named after Olaf's autistic son.
"Behind the disease, you've got some very intelligent kids, very talented kids," said Kolzig. "If we can just find a way to get them out of their shell, and get them into our world, so to speak, I think what we're doing here, hopefully we'll someday accomplish that.
Former American teammate and longtime friend Barnes is happy to help. "Hopefully we can raise a lot of awareness and get the message to to people that want to learn and know more about autism, and in the end have a good time and raise a lot of money."
It's too late to get a spot to play in the tourney, but you can still come out on Monday afternoon to watch Olie and Stu, and other celebs including former Washington State and Redskins Quarterback Mark Rypien.