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Golf Outing Raises Over $24k for Rodney Ems Memorial Golf Scholarship

Members of the Rodney Ems Memorial Scholarship Committee gather with the 2023 scholarship recipients recently at an outing held at Dalton Ranch Golf Club. From left: Bob Cox, Andrew Dougherty, Nicholas Best, Zayda Mestas, Natasha Walcott, Jessica Obleton (Ems), Joan Roberts-Ems and Mike Kane.

[Durango, Colorado] - Purpose Driven Wealth, a leading wealth management firm, successfully organized a remarkable golf outing at Dalton Ranch on June 15th, 2023. The event, dedicated to benefiting the Rodney Ems Memorial Scholarship, exceeded all expectations by raising over $24,000.

The Rodney Ems Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the late Rodney Ems. Rodney believed in the power of education and the values that golf instills. The scholarship is open to seniors from a Colorado high school in the Four Corners region, who have demonstrated their love of the game of golf and who are pursuing a higher education.

The event witnessed an outstanding turnout, with golf enthusiasts, community members, and friends coming together for a memorable day at the renowned Dalton Ranch Golf Club, known for its challenging yet picturesque course. The highlight of the day was the participation of three out of the four 2023 scholarship winners, who were recognized and awarded their scholarships in May: Nicholas Best, Zayda Mestas, and Natasha Walcott.

"The Purpose Driven Wealth Golf Outing has been a tremendous success, and we are thrilled to have raised over $24,000 for the Rodney Ems Memorial Scholarship," said Keith Payden, Associate at Purpose Driven Wealth. "It was an honor to see three of the scholarship winners in action, showcasing their talent and determination on the course. We believe in the power of education and opportunity, and through this scholarship, we hope to support the next generation of golfers in their pursuit of excellence."

The success of the golf outing would not have been possible without the generous support of the Purpose Driven Wealth team. "We would like to express our sincere gratitude to our donors, volunteers, and participants who rallied together to make this event such a great success," stated Mike Kane, Rodney Ems Memorial Scholarship Committee member. "Your generosity will enable us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of these and future scholarship recipients. We are truly grateful for your support."

Special recognition should be given to the businesses and individuals who donated prizes to the event including Alce Restaurant, Andy Dougherty, Animas Chocolate Company, April’s Garden, Bank of Colorado, Chimayo, Dalton Ranch Golf Club and Pro Shop, Durango Craft Spirits, Durango Winery, Elevated Golf Academy, 11th Street Station, Eureka Dan’s, Fired Up Pizzeria, Glacier Club, Hillcrest Golf Course, Honeyville, Honey House Distillery, La Hacienda Restaurant, Morehart Murphy Auto Center, Russ Smith, Sage Restaurant, Star Liquors, Ska, Steamworks, Sunnyside Meats, Tippy Canoe, and Zia Taqueria.

Purpose Driven Wealth is a leading wealth management firm dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve financial independence and fulfill their purpose. With a focus on comprehensive financial planning, investment management, and charitable giving, Purpose Driven Wealth guides clients on a path towards financial success and significance. The firm is committed to making a positive impact in the communities it serves and supports various charitable initiatives to empower the next generation. Learn more at

For more information about the Rodney Ems Memorial Golf Scholarship, please visit our website at or contact us at Donations to the scholarship fund can be sent to: Rodney Ems Memorial Scholarship; PO Box 137; Durango, CO 81302


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