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Kyle Rudow The community of Calabasas will gather to celebrate the life of Kyle Rudow by participating in the 10th annual Kyle Rudow Memorial Golf Tournament at the Calabasas Country Club on Mon., June 17.

Rudow was a Calabasas resident and CHS graduate who died in an auto accident in 2003 at the age of 20. His family and friends created a memorial fund to provide financial support to organizations that help children, including CASA of Los Angeles, Brandon’s Village and Calabasas High School.

“He was a blessed kid, and he grew up in an amazing community. He had lots of friends, and he worked for the City of Calabasas as a parks and recreation leader. That’s why we donate money to many children’s charities,” said his mother, Taryn Rudow.

To date, the fund has raised $300,000. In addition to sponsoring scholarships at Calabasas High and the University of Washington Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, the fund donates $10,000 every year to the city to update equipment and for programs at Brandon’s Village in Calabasas’ Gates Canyon Park.

“Everything we’ve chosen has a personal connection,” Taryn Rudow said. “By honoring the life of our son, you can help the life of another child.”

Many of Kyle Rudow’s friends have stayed involved in the annual tournament. “It’s been 10 years, but they have not forgotten about him. They stuck with it,” said Taryn Rudow, who hopes the younger generation will take over the administration of the memorial fund in the long term.

Rudow and her husband, Michael, have lived in Calabasas for about 30 years. They have both been involved in local schools and youth sports.

Money raised through the tournament will benefit the memorial fund. The top sponsor is Bob Smith BMW. Other sponsorships are available. Donations of good, services and gift certificates will be used in the auction and raffle.

Guests may play a round of golf or just enjoy dinner and other activities. Golfers age 28 and older pay $295; ages under 28 pay $150.

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