Source: Scott Dennis Foundation WICHITA, KS -- Sports and fitness professionals from across the country will gather in Wichita June 7-8 for the 1st annual Scott Dennis 44 Fund Golf Tourney and Charity Event, raising awareness and financial support for suicide prevention and grievance counseling.

The weekend event features a golf tournament along with a dinner, auction and dance to raise funds for Sedgwick County suicide prevention organizations led by KidzCope, which serves grieving children and families.

The events are hosted by the Scott Dennis 44 Fund, honoring Wichita native Scott Dennis, who after a college football career and time as a strength coach, represented leading commercial fitness equipment brands including Precor, Cybex and StairMaster to fitness clubs, universities and YMCA's. After Dennis death by suicide in late 2012, close friends created the foundation to honor his legacy and generate financial support, counseling, education and advocacy for suicide prevention and counseling organizations.

A best-ball golf tourney kicks off the gathering with a 9 a.m. shotgun start June 8 at Hidden Lakes golf course, with notable names from Kansas sports in attendance and a variety of individual and team prizes on tap. Cost is $1,000 per four -player team.

In the evening, the fun moves to the Grand Ballroom of the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview for a dinner, and silent and live auction featuring sports memorabilia, golf and racing packages. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with the dinner and auction followed by entertainment by national country talent The Chris Weaver Band.

Dinner and golf reservations can be made by contacting Brook Phillips at brook182@gmail.com, or 316-641-0584. Also, special overnight rates are available through 1-800-Drury Inn (378-7946), or online via paypal, at donate@sd44fund.com.

Interested parties who can't attend the charity event can make contributions to Equity Bank, c/o 44 Fund/Scott Dennis Foundation, 555 North Webb Road, Wichita KS 67206.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.