Groovy Guests Boogie Down At Disco Daze Wine & Dine

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Whether they lived it or just watched it in a movie, guests at this year’s Disco Daze Wine & Dine were whisked back to a shiny-polyester, “Saturday Night Fever” time when people were enticed to do the Hustle en masse. Even without a designated area for dancing, classic 1970s club hits inspired spontaneous boogie-oogie moves throughout the evening at Colorado Academy Campus Center.

Tim Wachuta (left) and John Fenley. Move over, John Travolta!

Tim Wachuta (left) and John Fenley. Move over, John Travolta!

The annual, themed Wine & Dine event is the primary fundraiser for Horizons at Colorado Academy, a year-round enrichment program to help disadvantaged kids achieve academic success. On Thursday, Feb. 18, more than 300 mostly costumed supporters were able to spend the evening noshing nonstop on tasty tidbits and scrumptious spirits from Denver’s best chefs, eateries and purveyors.

Thanh Luony is dressed to the nines...and the '70s.

Thanh Luony is dressed to the nines…and the ’70s.

With a sparkling array of niceties, guests placed strategic bids on silent-auction items, and the live auction was led by emcee Tom Kimball, former president of Colorado Academy’s alumni association board. The purpose of the evening wasn’t forgotten, as Horizons student Edith Villalobos spoke to the crowd about her own 17-year journey with Horizons that began in kindergarten and continued on to her college success. She was introduced by Horizons Executive Director Jessie Skipwith.

Horizons at Colorado Academy, part of a national network in 17 states, is a non-profit program that offers student enrichment designed specifically for Denver Public School children from low-income families. The program is committed to the development of the whole child through experiences that enhance self-esteem, foster responsibility, build problem-solving skills, and encourage a life-long interest in learning. It emphasizes academic enrichment, social growth with structured group dynamics, swimming lessons and sports participation, life-skills, cultural experiences and the arts. Horizons students use Colorado Academy facilities, bus transportation, dining services and educational resources, and many student and parent volunteers from the school provide program support.

Horizons is entering its 19th year at Colorado Academy and serves more than 140 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 10. The program has a proven track record providing on average 3-4 months in academic gains over just six weeks in the summer, a time during which children would normally lose up to three months of skills. Horizons can provide two healthy meals per day for each student during the summer program. Through year-round “Super Saturday” programming, students stay connected to their Horizons teachers and peers. The year-to-year retention rate of students is 98 percent.

Colorado Academy’s program is among the first in the country to develop a Horizons high school component. Students in this age group take part in activities such as as college visits, application “boot camps” and interviewing skills. Horizons faculty and staff salaries and program operating costs are provided through generous support from the community and other foundations. For more information, please visit: http://www.coloradoacademy.org/Page/Programs (select Horizons from the drop-down menu).

Bright by 3 - Goodnight Moon

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Over the Moon

For twenty years Bright by Three (formerly Colorado Bright Beginnings) has been helping parents and other loving caregivers of babies and toddlers ages 0-3.

This year’s 20th Anniversary Goodnight Moon Gala was a celebration to recognize the success in the community and the on-going efforts of Denver’s bright babies who benefit from Bright by Three. The Denver organization has strived to make parenting less stressful and small children happy since 1995.

Thanks to many in the last 25 years, especially Brad Butler and Roy & Bea Romer, who believed that learning begins on the first day of life. Children throughout Colorado have been set on a path to successful learning and living as their parents learn the importance of good nutrition, health care, developmental stages and language development; talking and reading, beginning at day one.  The funds raised through donations have reached nearly 250,000 families annually. Bright by Three works through visits bringing parents books, resources and support to succeed in the most important job they will ever have.

Dr. Christopher Ott received the Community Leadership Award for his dedicated goal of working with at-risk families

Dr. Stephen Berman, known for his contributions to pediatric education, has been an integral cog in the wheel of Bright by Three since its beginnings, formerly known as Colorado Bright Beginnings.

The evening was a dreamy event for the hundreds of supporters who gathered at the Seawell Ballroom. The ballroom created a Peter Pan moment with twinkling stars, a full moon backdrop with subtle lighting to recreate a time-for-bed closeness for a little one’s sweet dreams.

Auctioneer Don Martin lead the live auction while guests planned their next vacations and outings with exciting auction items such as the Dr. Scott Dinosaur Tour, Weekend at Bernie’s, Italian Evening of Eight, the Wine Cellar (stocked with wine from the Board of Directors), A night at the Four Seasons Hotel with Colorado Symphony tickets, Nuggets Tickets, Aspen Weekend Package, Log Home Retreat, Vail Summer Escape and many more.

The evening wrapped with music and dancing by Homeslice – after all the children were put to bed.

Bright by Three is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that provides parents and caregivers of children aged 0-3, with the tools needed to promote a child’s readiness for lifelong learning and success. To learn more about BB3, visit their website, http://brightbythree.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurora Mental Health Center's 11th Annual Spring Luncheon

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The Aurora Mental Health Center’s 11th Annual Spring Benefit Luncheon, Living Life to the Fullest, was held at Friday, May 1 at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora. For some 40 years AUMHC’s team of psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, social workers, and peer advisors have worked to provide individual, group, and family counseling, as well as consultation and educational support.

More than 350 packed the ballroom to celebrate the organization and to raise funds for Aurora Youth Options (AYO), AUMH’s youth service and mentoring program that was singled out by Esquire Magazine as one of the Denver metro region’s 7 most successful mentoring programs and among the top 50 in the nation.

Board Member and Event Chair Rachel Nuñez took to the podium to describe how AYO works with middle and high school-aged at-risk youth and their families to navigate, connect and provide positive, individualized resources to help them succeed. The key to the program, she said, was recovery, prevention and wellness.

Emcee Charles Packard, Executive Producer for Aurora Fox Theatre, thanked donors, guests and acknowledged local city and county leadership before introducing Dr. Randy Stith, CEO & Executive Director. Stith reviewed the founding of the organization by a group of committed volunteers in the late 1960s who officially launched AUMHC in 1975.

Among those attending this year’s luncheon were: From the office of Congressman Mike Coffman Aurora Ogg, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Aurora City Council Members: Barbara Cleland, Brad Pierce, Molly Markert, Marsha Berzins, Debi Hunter Holen, Sally Mounier, Aurora Municipal Court Chief Judge Richard Weinburg, Aurora Municipal Court Adminstrator Zelda DeBoyes, Aurora City Manager Skip Noe, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz, Aurora Fire Chief Michael Garcia, Arapahoe County Commissioners: Nancy Sharpe, Bill Holen, Nancy Jackson, Nancy Doty, and Arapahoe County Sheriff Dave Walcher

Founded in 2009, Aurora Youth Options Mentor Program brings caring adults together with a young person in need of mentoring and coaching, Homework Help and Tutoring creates a safe and open environment where youth interact with adult and peer tutors to get the assistance they need.

The AUMHC’s programs serve more than 17,000 people annually through 12 counseling centers, 8 residential facilities, in public schools, county human services departments and other locations. The Aurora Mental Health Center’s next fundraiser will be the Mayor’s Cup Golf Classic hosted by the Aurora Vistas Foundation on August 17. To donate or learn more visit: aumhc.org

HOPE Center Celebrates 50 Years with Vintage Vegas Night

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Where were you 50 years ago? In Denver, a wonderful organization was in its first days helping special-needs children with educational and vocational opportunities. At an event that was truly golden, HOPE Center celebrated its 50 years of service in metro Denver with a Vintage Vegas-themed gala where everyone was a winner.

President/CEO Gerie Grimes celebrates HOPE Center's 50 years of service to metro Denver.

President/CEO Gerie Grimes celebrates HOPE Center’s 50 years of service to metro Denver.

On Saturday, March 7, supporters gathered at the Sherman Street Event Center where they were greeted with enticements that included casino-style games, an array of silent auction items and tasty tidbits that were a perfect match for the glittering, glamourous guest attire.

The program was presented in segments to allow guests ample time for mixing, mingling, enjoying tasty tidbits—and to play casino games, too, of course. CBS4 personality and emcee Gloria Neal presided over the presentations, beginning with a welcome message from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. HOPE Center President/CEO Gerie Grimes talked about the organization’s accomplishments, and co-chair and HOPE Center former parent Rev. Dr. Regina Groff talked in detail about the successful educational journey of her son and daughter—that began with a solid foundation from HOPE Center teachers and staff.

The organization honored individually a contingent of people for their help over the years: The Butler family, Dr. John Fischer and Charles Bloom; and posthumously: Farmer Reini and former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Luis Rovira. After a spirited live auction led by Debbie Stafford, the crowd kicked up its heels to the soulful sounds of the Mary Louise Lee Band.

HOPE Center provides educational and vocational opportunities for special-needs and at-risk children and adults from 2-1/2 years to adulthood. It is a community-based agency dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, developmental delays and persons in need of specialized educational or vocational services. These services are provided in order to develop, maintain and enhance the functioning of each enrollee.

The philosophy of service is to admit individuals to programs within the agency which meet their needs and requirements as specifically as possible. Length of service within a given program is dependent upon assessed individual needs, program goals and objectives. Enrollees are served in a normal environment with services assessed periodically to evaluate the program.

All enrollees of HOPE Center are treated with dignity and respect and are accorded the civil and human rights to which they are entitled. For more information, please visit: HopeCenterInc.org.

Aurora Mental Health Center's 8th Annual Student Art Show and Contest

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Over 400  pieces of art  from 34 different schools were on display Wednesday, October 22nd at the 8th Annual “Living Life to the Fullest” student art show and contest, presented by Aurora Mental Health. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade created artworks based on this year’s theme of “What Inspires or Excites You?”. Held at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora, students, parents, grandparents and teachers came out for the event which featured hors d’oeuvres and a reception, followed by the awards program. The event, hosted by AMHC Board of Director’s President Peter Cukale, selected first and second place winners in each of the 4 grade categories, as well as four Director’s Choice Award recipients. Each winner received a special recognition on stage to display their artwork and were presented with gift certificates provided by sponsor Citywide Banks.

Aurora Mental Health Center staff were also recognized during the annual celebration. Kathryn McGinness was honored as Intern of the Year, Casey Hilliard received the award for Administrative Staff of the Year, Blair Mollieri was named Adult Family Services Clinician of the Year, Margaret Charlton was honored as Family Services Clinician of the Year and Rudy Glasco was named Manager of the Year. Retiring board members , Linda Ashburn, Tim Huffman, Sandra Knight and Dona Zavislan were also honored. The board then elected seven new members, including Tom Ashburn, Molly Barrett, Terry Campbell Caron, Harrison Cochran, Teri Karjala, Dave Walcher and Kevin Waters.

With more than 400 employees, 50 interns and 40 volunteers, the Aurora Mental Health Center is a full service community mental health center committed to creating healthy and secure communities by providing the least restrictive service that ensures quality, appropriate, and efficient care. Learn more by visiting aumhc.org.

Bright Beginnings 18th Annual Brad and Erna Butler Memorial Golf Tournament

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Nearly 100 participants enjoyed a day on the golf course for the 18th annual Bright Beginnings Brad and Erna Butler Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday June 2, 2014. A beautiful summer afternoon at the scenic Valley Country Club in Aurora provided an excellent setting for the annual charity tournament which celebrates the founders of the organization.

The afternoon began with a barbecue lunch and a putting competition before the golfers took to the course with a shotgun start and a scramble format. Adding to the fun of the day, many of the holes featured special prizes for both the men and women, including longest and straightest drives, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one contest featuring a Lexus car giveaway to anyone who made it to the hole in one shot. Golfers even had the option to “hire the golf pro” to hit their shot for them, with the proceeds going directly to Bright Beginnings.

The event concluded with a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony and live auction in the clubhouse.

The tournament is one of two major fund-raising events for Bright Beginnings annually, and the charity hopes to raise about $50,000 for its programs through the golf tournament and silent auction.

Most of a child’s intellect, personality, and social/emotional skills are developed in the early years. Bright Beginnings seeks to empower parents and caregivers with guidance, knowledge, and tools designed for each age level from newborn to three. The program is offered to all parents free of charge statewide through 14 regional affiliate offices.  Bright Beginnings was founded in 1995 by Brad Butler, former chair of Procter and Gamble, and Roy Romer, former Colorado Governor, in an effort to make Colorado the best place to raise a child. Today, their programs reach more than 18,000 Colorado families and caregivers each year.

Learn more about the organization at http://brightbeginningsusa.org/

 

BRIGHT BEGINNINGS Goodnight Moon Gala honoring Barbara Grogan

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The Goodnight Moon gala, benefitting Colorado Bright Beginnings, was held on Friday, November 1st at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction, accompanied by live piano music from Judy Boyd. The dinner and the event program started with George Sparks, President/CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science welcoming everyone to the 2013 Goodnight Moon Gala. This year’s gala honored Barbara Grogan, founder of Western Industrial Contractors Inc. and a leader in the business and entrepreneural communities.

Former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, co-founder of Colorado Bright Beginnings, thanked Barbara for her hard work, support, energy and inspiration.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock presented a Proclamation by the City and County of Denver to Barbara Grogan that acknowledged her significant contribution to early childhood development and her work in advocating for the rights of children.  Denver Mayor Michael Hancock proclaimed November 1, 2013 as “Barbara Grogan Day.”

The festive evening brought together more then 300 of business and community leaders, early childhood advocates and practitioners and families, all in support of Bright Beginnings’ dynamic early childhood programs. Honorary chairs of the event included Governor John Hickenlooper and former Governor Roy Romer.

The emcee was George Sparks and gala chairs were Nancy Butler Accetta and Robynn Krueger.

Dr. Scott Sampson, chief curator and vice president of research and collections at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, host of PBS’ Kids Dinosaur Train and a champion of nature-based play and exploration, was keynote speaker at the event. Marquita Hall shared her story as a mother deeply impacted by Bright Beginnings.

The evening continued till after 11 p.m. with a scrumptious dessert buffet, coffee bar and live entertainment by the Lunaris Quartet.

In 1995, former Chairman of Procter & Gamble, Brad Butler and former Colorado Governor Roy Romer started the Bright  Beginnings organization in an effort to make “Colorado the best place to raise a child.” Since then, Colorado Bright Beginnings has provided, free of charge, support and early education information to over 175,000 families. Bright Beginnings has reached an increasing number of families across the state each year — nearly 18,000 last year alone. 85% of a baby’s intellect, personality, and social skills are developed in the first three years of life.

Colorado Bright Beginnings is a non-profit organization that empowers Colorado parents with the tools, guidance and encouragement needed to maximize their child’s development during those first three years. Colorado Bright Beginnings mission is to provide a bright beginning for all Colorado children by helping families support their children physical, emotional and intellectual development.

Bright Beginnings visits with parents and other caregivers and provides a three-step program. It’s absolutely free for families, supported entirely by charitable contributions.Bright Beginnings has engaged in quite a few studies to measure how significantly their programs impact the desired outcomes of early literacy and school readiness.

For more information, please visit: www.brightbeginningsusa.org

SofTec Golf Tournament benefits OpenWorld Learning

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About 100 golfers fearlessly braved the approaching dark, cloudy skies at the 1st Annual SofTec Invitational Golf Event on Friday, July 19th to support OpenWorld Learning (OWL), a non-profit after-school computer kids program. Fortunately, a heavy thunderstorm predicted days before failed to materialize as the clouds cleared and sun returned to the Lone Tree Golf Club.

It was a positive omen for the rest of the day for the 13-year-old non-profit whose mission is to “Ignite a love of learning” for at-risk youth through technology and advanced computer training for the 21st century. And, thanks to OWL board member and SofTec Solutions, Inc. CEO Hemal Jhaveri, staffers and volunteers from SofTec and OWL, the event reached its expectations in attendance and fundraising goals.

SofTec and Commvault sponsored the golf outing to help support OWL’s mission of children’s school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop youth leadership and a lifelong appreciation for technology. Founded in 1996, SofTec is an IT consulting services company serving federal, state and local governments, commercial and healthcare IT clients nationwide.

The Lone Tree Golf Club was an ideal setting for golf aficionados representing some of Denver’s top tech, data information and retail corporations. Jennifer Harding and Stephanie Tolman of SofTec and Aimee Charlton of the Colorado Technology Association worked feverishly to organize and launch the first-ever event with coordination from OWL Managing Director Lea Ann Reitzig, OWL Communications Manager Jan Wood and staff members and volunteers.

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed course attracted a long list of CEOs, upper management, business development strategists and various corporate reps from the public and private sector.  SofTec Solutions fielded several of its own top executive golfers including Paul Anderson, VP of operations; Zane Jones, senior director of business development; and Eddy Costa, healthcare IT director.

Among other players were: Lewan CEO/President Fred Cannataro and Greg Ask of Lewan’s Enterprise Solutions group; John Lemon, senior account manager at EMC; Jeff Henrickson, president at Spotlight, Inc.; Jacob Woodford, general manager of Staples; Todd Papazian, VP of global corporate services at CBRE real estate; Peter Niepoth, co-founder of OCx voice and data networks and Kara Worker, OCx account manager; Erik Durand of Tintri data storage; Pete Dignan, president/founder of ProtoTest; Trent Ratcliff and Rahul Sood of RTD; Jim Braun, operations director at Google; Brian Horsman, VP of IT at Croc’s; and Denovo’s Paul Herbka, winner of free tickets to the OWL October gala.

The afternoon event attracted golfers of many talents ranging from intense focus on the putting green to a more lackadaisical and casual play. Who knew IT and tech folks could be so much fun? Afterward players relaxed with an open bar and a casual Mexican feast of tacos, tortillas and churros for dessert. At the podium Jhaveri and OWL CEO Dean Abrams described OWL’s mission and thanked the crowd for their contributions and participation. SofTec representative Jennifer Harding and the Colorado Technology Association’s Amiee Charlton announced golf awards and raffle winners amid applause and some minor hoots and howls from the dinner crowd.

Since its founding in 2000 OpenWorld Learning has provided fun and challenging after-school and summer educational programs centered on advanced computer technology. To learn more about Open World Learning or to make a donation call 303-832-0066 or visit www.openworldlearning.org. In the meantime, be sure to look into attending OpenWorld Learning’s 8th Annual Gala and Auction scheduled for Tuesday evening, October 22, 2013 at Glendale’s Infinity Park Event Center.

 

 

Fitness Festival inspires healthy living and family fun

Greenwood Village Mayor Rakowsky, Kristina Davidson and Jay Davidson

Greenwood Village Mayor Rakowsky with First American State Bank Founders Kristina and Jay Davidson

To gain momentum for the upcoming 13th Annual Fitness Festival, local business leaders and community supporters gathered together this week to honor the generous donations and sponsorships that will make the Fitness Festival possible for another year. This pre-party patron celebration was held at the First American State Bank in Greenwood Village and organized by founders Jay and Kristina Davidson – along with their staff, colleagues, sponsors and board members.

Janice McNally, Wendy DeBell, Lisa Reddel

Janice McNally, Wendy DeBell, Lisa Reddel

The evening featured wine & hors d’oeuvres, live music and silent auction – along with the unveiling of this year’s t-shirt design for the race, designed by local students.

Brought to you by First American State Bank, the 13th Annual Fitness Festival will be held on September 7th, 2013 and features a 5K run/walk as well as a 1K fitness run. The event promotes wellness and benefits the Community Asset Project – a non-proft organization that focuses on the entire well-being of a child. The goal of the Community Asset Project is to help youths grow into happy, healthy, contributing members of society.

Through the generous support from the sponsors of the race, the Community Asset Project is able to use proven, preventative measures to help youths as they navigate the path to adulthood. Kristina Davidson, Fitness Festival founder, partnered with the Community Asset Project in 1990 to create the very first Fitness Festival. Davidson says, “A healthy lifestyle is beneficial to the body and the soul, and prepares the kids to maximize their skills, academic potential and a future productive life in our community.”

2013 Grand Marshalls Josh Ulitsky, Kersten Mullan, Tanya Bond and Monte Thelen

2013 Grand Marshals Josh Ulitsky, Kersten Mullan, Tanya Bond and Monte Thelen

This year’s Festival will honor six grand marshals representing the six high schools in the Cherry Creek School District including Monte Thelen, Mike Brookhart,Tanya Bond, Josh Ulitzky, Becky Grasser and Kersten Mullan. Over 53,000 students and their families are expected to attend this year’s Fitness Festival which includes the race, live entertainment, local fare, prizes and more.

To date, the Fitness Festival has raised nearly $900,000 for the Community Asset Project, enriching the lives of thousands of students in the Cherry Creek School District. For more information, visit www.fitnessfestival.com.

 

 

Bright Beginnings 17th Annual Brad and Erna Butler Memorial Golf Tournament

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Over 100 golfers came out for the 17th annual Bright Beginnings Brad and Erna Butler Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday June 3, 2013. A warm and breezy day at the beautiful Valley Country Club in Aurora provided an excellent setting for the annual charity tournament celebrating the founders of the organization.

The day kicked off with a barbecue lunch and a putting competition before the golfers took to the course with a shotgun start and a scramble format. Adding to the excitement of the day, many of the holes featured special prizes for both the men and women, including longest and straightest drives, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one contest featuring a new Mercedes Benz giveaway to anyone who made it to the hole in one shot. Golfers even had the option to “hire the golf pro” to hit their shot for them, with the proceeds going directly to Bright Beginnings.

The day concluded with a cocktail reception, dinner and awards ceremony and live auction in the clubhouse.

The tournament is one of two major fund-raising events for Bright Beginnings annually, and the charity hopes to raise about $50,000 for its programs through the golf tournament and silent auction.

Most of a child’s intellect, personality, and social/emotional skills are developed in the early years. Bright Beginnings seeks to empower parents and caregivers with guidance, knowledge, and tools designed for each age level from newborn to three. The program is offered to all parents free of charge statewide through 14 regional affiliate offices.  Bright Beginnings was founded in 1995 by Brad Butler, former chair of Procter and Gamble, and Roy Romer, former Colorado Governor, in an effort to make Colorado the best place to raise a child. Today, their programs reach more than 18,000 Colorado families and caregivers each year.

DU’s Bridge Project on par to continue serving under-served youth

DSC_1362The Third Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Bridge Project was a swinging success. Through the efforts of community participants, board members, staff and sponsors, the Bridge Project is on par in raising about $100,000 to support kids in Denver’s public housing system and help them get into college or learn a skilled trade.

The Bridge Project sprouted from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work and DU Chancellor Dan Ritchie’s vision of a university “dedicated to serving the public good.”  The Bridge Project gives the children of families living in Denver’s public housing communities a chance to change the daunting statistic that up to 90% of them never graduate high school. Typically families that the Bridge Project helps have an annual income of just $10,000, so the help from the organization can really change lives in a big way and create possibilities that never existed before. More than 600 kids use the centers after school every day in Denver.

The Bridge Project Staff

The Bridge Project StaffDenver..

Everyone is welcome at the Bridge, which focuses on improving kid’s academic skills in order to prepare them for college or teach them a trade to line up a successful career. The Bridge Project also helps secure scholarships so that resources are within reach for college-bound Bridge kids. And, the Bridge Project also has a summer program to help kids stay on track academically and have somewhere to go during the time off from the regular school year. Statistics have proven that the academic programs at the Bridge really make a difference; over 90% of Bridge members graduate from high school.

From left, Troy Motley, Joel Cornuet, Brian Grady and Glenn Johnson

From left, Troy Motley, Joel Cornuet, Brian Grady and Glenn Johnson

Resources to support the Bridge are provided by donors and the community, making the golf tournament a special way for supporters to give back to the cause and have a great time doing it. This year’s golf tournament was the most well-attended in its history and completely sold out with 340 foursomes and about 115 golfers in total participating.
Event Chairs Rich and Sandy Laws, of Berkeley Homes, sponsored breakfast and lunch at the Cherry Creek Country Club.Executive Director Molly Calhoun said they had done “an amazing job” organizing the event and getting golfers to come out and play for a good cause. The event also featured fantastic door prizes including a free pair of Oakley sunglasses for every golfer and more prizes for winners of the tournament.

From left, Scott Forsyth, Bridge Project Board President Alec Wynne, Ryan Haith and Chuck Mastin

From left, Scott Forsyth, Bridge Project Board President Alec Wynne, Ryan Haith and Chuck Mastin

Susie Roh, one of The Bridge’s newest board members, was one of the competing golfers and may have had a bit of a leg up having participated in the LPGA in past years. She was also one of the day’s winners, announced at the end of the tournament and one of the few elite female players.

The Bridge Project seeks to help kids between the ages of 3-18 to “achieve their academic potential in school and graduate from high school.” The program also helps their kids who do graduate high school to “have the resources to earn a college or associate degree, gain occupational training, or succeed in employment.” The Bridge Project truly bridges the gaps in socio-economic status and helps children at a personal level to be successful adults. This valuable program will continue to be able to serve the children it cares about most through the generosity and support of the community and events like this.

For more information: http://www.du.edu/bridgeproject