Fun And Philanthropy At CNI Golf Classic


Anyone who might think Colorado Neurological Institute’s annual golf tournament is made up of serious medical professionals would just have to re-boot. This year’s 17th Annual CNI Golf Classic Tournament was full of fun-loving participants from the first tee to the last green, with tunes blasting from golf carts and spontaneous comedy routines among the unofficial tournament antics. There was some good golf happening as well. Within just a couple of holes, at least one team boasted an eagle, and another golfer happily reported: “We just made a birdie … time for a Fireball shot!”

John Gordzac says: Cash. Don't leave home without it.

John Gordzac says: Cash. Don’t leave home without it.

On July 18, around 135 guests made the trek to beautiful Plum Creek Golf Club in Castle Rock to enjoy a day at the scenic course. Golfers ranged from CNI patients and their friends and families to medical executives and sponsor reps, plus anyone who wanted to support the positive work of the organization. The day began with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., and a round of 18 full of numerous hole contests and prizes. The apres-golf luncheon included a live and silent auction, awards and a short program emceed by former Denver Bronco Billy Van Heusen, who also served as auctioneer. Speakers included CNI Executive Director Tami Lack, tournament founder Pat Maley, and co-chairs Dean Mills and Stuart Kitashima.

(l to r): Former Denver Broncos Steve Watson and Billy Van Heusen, Philip Scott, and former Bronco Jack Gehrke

(l to r): Former Denver Broncos Steve Watson and Billy Van Heusen, Philip Scott, and former Bronco Jack Gehrke

The CNI Classic raises funds for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke survivors, traumatic brain injuries and other disorders, as well as CNI’s research and educational programs. This year’s golf-tournament fundraising goal: $60,000.

Colorado Neurological Institute’s mission is to enhance the delivery of personalized, comprehensive and state-of-the-art care to patients with neurological conditions through coordinated research, patient services and education. CNI, a non-profit neuroscience organization, has been providing research, education and patient services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization of its kind in the Rocky Mountain Region, CNI offers patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care, support services, clinical trials, outpatient neuro rehab, counseling and more. For more information, please visit:

Stout Street Foundation Golf Celebrates 10 Years


The year 2016 is full of big doin’s for Stout Street Foundation. The organization celebrates its 40th anniversary of helping people help themselves, and this year also marks the 10th annual SSF Benefit Golf Tournament. Stout Street is all about positive change and the golf fundraiser has organically followed that mission. The event has been so popular, selling out year after year, that this time around an afternoon flight was added…to the delight of those who might have been wait-listed. Booyah!

Practicing for their upcoming Red Rocks appearance...

Practicing for their upcoming Red Rocks appearance…

On Friday, June 24, a crew of 144 morning golfers teed off at Green Valley Ranch Golf Course under sunny skies with just enough cloud cover to make it a comfy day. After a round of 18 peppered with long-drive contests and the chance to win a vehicle from Suss Buick-GMC with a hole-in-one, golfers stopped by the pavilion for a hearty lunch and short program.

Yup, he's looking for a wayward golf ball.

Yup, he’s looking for a wayward golf ball.

There, they were joined by non-golfing family and supporters, who took time to greet friends old and new, as well as make strategic bids at the silent auction. Emcee-auctioneer Joe Bevilacqua led a brief live auction and drawings for prizes, and President/CEO Christopher Conway welcomed the crowd. Also addressing the group: Teri Smith, vice president of development, and lunch sponsor Scott Kindel, of The Foundry.

Afternoon golfers headed for the course with the possibility of some stormy weather, but completed their round without a hitch.

The mission of Stout Street Foundation is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structured therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery, and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens.

SSF operates as a not-for-profit, self-sufficient organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state or federal funding. Within the structured environment, Stout Street Foundation will provide for food, lodging, and specific programs and treatment for residents.

The smiles say it all at Stout Street Foundation events.

The smiles say it all at Stout Street Foundation events.

For 40 years Stout Street Foundation has been a service leader in and around the Denver community. From humble beginnings at a house on Stout Street in Denver to completely refurbishing a 168-room hotel in Commerce City, the organization has grown in leaps and bounds, and continues to be the largest therapeutic community in Colorado. Stout Street has helped thousands of individuals over the years and continues to treat over 400 individuals a year. In October, 2006, SSF opened the doors to a 28-day drug and alcohol intensive residential program called Serenity. With the addition of Serenity, Stout Street Foundation is now able to offer services to an even larger demographic and continues “Helping People Help Themselves” in Metro Denver.

This year’s fall gala promises to be an extra-special occasion with a noted inspirational speaker. For event and ticket information, please call SSF at 303-321-2533. To learn more about the organization, please visit:

Kids In Need of Dentistry 29th Annual Strokes of KINDness Golf Tournament


What better way to usher in the first day of summer than with a non-profit supporting kids! On a sunny Monday morning, June 20th, some 140 golfer-philanthropists took part in the 29th Annual Strokes of KINDness Golf Tournament benefiting Kids In Need Of Dentistry (KIND), a non-profit that provides quality, comprehensive dental care and education for children from uninsured and low-income families.

Founded in 1912 by a committee of dentists from the Denver Dental Society (now called the Metropolitan Denver Dental Society or MDDS), KIND is the oldest dental charity in the United States and the recognized leader in promoting the oral health of Colorado’s children.  Additional clinics were opened in the mid-1960s and in 2003 and mobile services were added in the late 1990’s.

The annual event was held at Bear Dance Golf Course in Larkspur, which is always a treat for players especially since Bear Dance was named the No. 1 golf course along the Front Range in 2014 and 2015.

Executive Director Julie Collett and Board President Kerrie Bunce– VP/Relationship Officer at sponsor UMB Bank–were on hand with volunteers to guide participants through the rules and awards ceremony later in the day.

This year’s winners are:
1st Place: Gary Field, Scott Reiter, Matt D’Addario, Brett Buller
1st Place Co-ed: Bryan Dahler, Lis Baros, Brian Deken, Brandon Veverka
2nd Place: Fred Guerra, Laura Guerra, Michael Guerra, Steven Guerra
3rd Place: Nick Zavolio, Kerry Fowler, Max Breslow, Adam Trenan
Men’s Longest Drive-Wiley Kowlaczyk
Ladies Longest Drive-Naomi Lane
Men’s Closest to the Hole-Marc Shirazi
Ladies Closest to the Hole-Sarah Clark
Long Putt-Alexa Kowlaczyk

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Gold Sponsor – UMB; Breakfast Sponsor – Henry Schein; Hole In One Sponsor – UMB; Beverage Cart Sponsor – CTC Associates; Cart Sponsor – Denver Metro OMS / Drs. Patterson & DiPasquale.

Through its Chopper Topper Program the organization sends dental hygienists to elementary schools to apply sealants to children’s teeth, a cost-effective preventive measure preferred over fillings. Launched in 1997, the program offers screening and preventive treatments to 90 schools in 11 metro Denver school districts.

The annual golf tournament is one of KIND’s two major annual fund-raising events. Their next fundraiser called Expressions of KINDness GALA will be held Friday, September 16. KIND is always looking for volunteers. Whether you’re a dentist that would like to spend a day at a clinic or a supporter with some spare time to help with an event, please contact the KIND office at 303-733-3710 or visit the web site at

Second Annual Colorado Ballet Golf Tournament


Anyone for golf?

It was a picture-perfect day for golfing at the Lakewood Country Club. Lunch was served before the 1:30 shotgun tee-off, offering an appealing array of cold cuts, artesian bread, cheeses, veggies, assortment of salads and yummy homemade cookies and brownies to die for. The bar was open however on this hottest day of the year lemonade, iced tea and water were the drinks of choice. Besides, a Maserati, Fiat, Infinity, Alfa Romeo was within driving reach to the person with the first hole-in-one in the tournament. And, all golfers know to keep their heads about them. There’s always the 19th Hole.

This year’s tournament honored the Colorado Ballet Artistic Director Gil Boggs, who is currently in his 10th season with the Company.  Boggs was a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and was the former Academy Director of Chelsea Piers Golf Club in New York City.

“This is the second year of the tournament, which raises money for Colorado Ballet’s professional Company, Academy and Education and Community Engagement programs,” said Colorado Ballet Corporate Development Officer Susan Stiff.  “We decided to honor Boggs with this tournament because he has a passion for golf and during his tenure, Colorado Ballet has flourished, with record-breaking ticket sales seasons, a new home and an outstanding artistic product that rivals some of the best professional dance companies in the U.S.”

Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 55 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually and enhances the cultural life of Colorado. Visit

Mile High Academy Golf Tournament



Finally, after an April cancellation, the weather cooperated and the Mile High Academy alumni golfers lined-up their golf carts under sunny blue skies and, like clock-work, shot across the lush fairways at The Ridge in Castle Pines. The competition was fierce for prizes offered in categories such as best putt, longest drive, best score. Coveted prizes, like an iPad, sports tickets, and cash were worth the extra concentration as the MHA supporters made their way back to the clubhouse for burgers and awards.

The annual tournament registered 60 golfers for a day of golf and camaraderie in a lovely Colorado setting on one of the prettiest golf courses in the Denver area.

Mile High Academy is a Christian based school that has been guiding and teaching children in Denver for many years. Last year the school moved to a newer and larger facility in Highlands Ranch to better serve the Academy community.

Kase Vunileva, the beloved principal of the well-respected school is an active leader and instrumental in maintaining the high standards of education, Christian beliefs, and guiding the well-prepared adolescents from the Academy halls to college campuses. It’s easy to see the love and gratitude of parents and alumni who return to support the school throughout the year. The fund-raisers and events held throughout each school year bring families, former students and, entire generations of Mile Academy alumni together to ensure that the spirit and the quality of Mile High Academy continues.

For information on the Mile High Academy please contact Jocelyn Aalborg, 1733 Dad Clark Drive, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-744-1069.





Mile High Academy Golf Tournament


Life is Good when You’re Golfing

Golfing with friends on a beautiful fall Sunday is one thing but, golfing for your children’s school and its goal of greater education is quite another idea. That’s why the (mostly) men folk of Mile High Academy enjoyed the day even more, the golf game was for family and the beloved school.

The Ridge, a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, south of Denver, was at its peak on September 27th. Since 1997, the Castle Pines’s course has received national and statewide recognition for its excellent 18 hole golf challenge and stunning views. 

The 15 Mile High Foursomes who battled it out on the exquisite greens and fairways, were there to show support for the Mile High Christian Academy.  Each donating time and money to be used for improving the Mile High experience for current and future students. By participating in the tournament, their golf day would provide additional opportunities for those in the community to attend the academy. The proceeds from the golf tournament will be used for the new school facility as well as scholarships and learning tools. 

The tournament ended with a lunch catered by The Ridge overlooking the spectacular back nine while golfers enjoyed camaraderie and guffawks as winners picked up their awards for: Putting Contest – Rick Hale; Longest Drive – Ed Barnett; Closest to the Pin – Jeff Mautz; Foursome winner: 1st –Jeffrey Mautz, Brian Duncan, Chad Petersen, Andrew Dunbar; 2nd- Colt Easley, Reggie Ragsdale, Paul Easley; 3rd- Eric Nelson, Dave Kennedy, Craig Carr, David Martinez.

For information on the Mile High Academy, visit their website:; call 303-744-1069. Located at 1733 Dad Clark Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126



Aurora Vistas Annual Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament


The Aurora Vistas 22nd Annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament received a capacity crowd this year in support of mental health services for children and families.

The “Fore Our Kids” Mayor’s Cup Golf Challenge was held Monday, August 17th on a spectacular sunny Colorado day along the rolling slopes of Aurora’s Murphy Creek Golf Course.

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, and Sheridan Mayor Dallas Hall participated in the 18-hole event with some 120 philanthropic golfers. The event began around sunrise with a 6:30 a.m. breakfast and a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Event organizer Debbie Stafford — with help from Tawney Bass, Troy Bowman, Tim Huffman and Golf Chair Terry Todd — coordinated the presentation of several golfing awards including men’s and women’s longest drive, longest putt, and closest to the pin. The challenging 18-hole course kept the event competitive with certificates and prize drawings awarded after a luncheon of grilled chicken breasts and hamburgers.

Aurora Mental Health Center staffers Cindy Bohl and Heather Dolan were on hand to help coordinate planning and media coverage. Presenting Sponsor Citywide Banks were represented by Senior VP Stephan Ghadaifchian and VP Debra Neeley.

The Aurora Vistas Foundation raises awareness and funds to support Aurora Mental Health Center’s programs for children and their families. Aurora Vistas President Sandy Sweeney and Aurora Mental Health Center Executive Director Dr. Randy Stith thanked generous supporters for their long years of sponsorship and in-kind donations that make this annual end of summer event possible.

Aurora Vistas seeks community support throughout the year to make a difference in the lives of Aurora’s children. Among the several ways to help support the organization is by individual and in-kind individual donations of products and services, applying to serve as an Auxiliary, Committee or Board member, or by providing sponsorship for one of the organization’s annual events.

For more information on helping out the organization please visit or call 303-617-2361.


THFC Veterans Cup Tees Off at (*cue heavenly music*) Sanctuary


After a sunny start to this year’s Veterans Cup tournament, the severe-weather horn sounded mid-round and play was delayed for an hour by a fast-moving, lightning-filled rainstorm. But the 120 players and supporters of The Home Front Cares easily took it in stride. After all, they were at heavenly Sanctuary, playing the most coveted round of golf in Colorado.

Event emcee/honorary chair Troy Calhoun with THFC's executive director April Speake

Event emcee/honorary chair Troy Calhoun with THFC’s executive director April Speake

On Wednesday, July 1, golfers and guests descended on Sedalia to support the cause, mingle, play on the pristine Sanctuary course and simultaneously take in spectacular Colorado-centric views. THFC and Sanctuary staff readily took care of everyone’s comfort in style—players could chow on meals, on-course snacks and beverages throughout the day. Denver’s KEZW (AM 1430) radio was broadcasting live on the scene as golfers checked in and grabbed brunch, and it was all golf until the weather-horn sounded. A portion of golfers hunkered in shelters on the course, while others were close enough to the clubhouse to relax and maybe down a beverage or two before play resumed.

USAF Academy's head golf coach George Koury (left) with cadet golfers Brenden Bone and Troy Berglund

USAF Academy’s head golf coach George Koury (left) with cadet golfers Brenden Bone and Troy Berglund

Throughout their round, all golfers had three opportunities to win a car, putt for prizes and also use a stellar drive from a member of the USAFA golf team for a mere $50 donation. One cadet said most of their drives were in the 370- to 410-yard range. (Seriously!) The USAFA Football foursome of Troy Calhoun, Clay Hendrix, Dallas Massey and Mitch Mann defended their Veterans Cup title once again with the low score of the day.

After golf, guests perused a silent auction, checked their tickets against prize-winning numbers, then sampled a buffet of delicious selections prepared by Sanctuary catering. USAFA head football coach (and tournament co-champion) Calhoun spoke to the crowd and served as emcee for golfer awards. Event chair Bob Peterson and THFC’s Executive Director April Speake also offered remarks during the dinner program.

Golfers head out to the course for the last eight holes.

Golfers head out to the course for the last eight holes.

Veterans Cup results:
First Place
USAFA Football
Dallas Massey
Clay Hendrix
Troy Calhoun
Mitch Mann

Second Place
Tasman Geosciences
Brandon Bruns
Jim Dawe
Brian Humphrey
Mike Lindstrom

Third Place
United Launch Alliance
Danny Collins
Clint Winterling
Bob Wernke
Burhan Muzaffar

Last Place
Combat Veterans
Mike Lovett
Matt Spang
Fred Hinton

Men’s Long Drive
Bill Stahlin

Women’s Long Drive
Vivi Gloriod

Closest to the Pin
Tad Polumbus

Putting Contest
Len Jenkins

The Home Front Cares primarily provides emergency and responsive financial aid to Colorado service members, veterans and military families. The vision: That the THFC emergency financial bridge provides hope for a brighter future to Colorado service members, veterans and their families. The organization provides emergency financial grants to pay essential life expenses like rent and utilities.THFC is unique among nonprofits as it acts quickly–grants are often the “last save” that can keep a veteran from homelessness, or reconnect utilities for a military family whose power is already turned off. Since 2003, THFC has raised more than $7.5 million to help thousands of Colorado veterans and military families. Currently, some 98 percent of THFC clients are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and have served in harm’s way, while the others remain on active duty in Colorado. Clients come from all corners of the state, with more than 25 percent from metro Denver. Last year, THFC provided grants to about 375 military and veteran families, and provided referral services for more than 1,000 others, helping them find the financial, emotional and other counseling or aid they need.

The Home Front Cares receives no government funds and relies solely on donations to operate. For more information, please visit

Tee Off for Hope! Annual Golf Tournament


Bang, they’re off!

It was a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. then, 30 degrees warmer and the first foursome arrived at the Highlands Ranch Golf Club dining room. One after another the golfers pulled up in their carts laughing and loving the pure Rocky Mountain air. There are few places on earth where golfing is set in such an-almost perfect setting.

The 22nd Annual Golf Classic was an annual fundraiser benefitting the Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. Donated funds from this day of golf will go directly to impact the many programs at LFS such as pregnancy counseling, domestic and international adoption, foster care, respite care, teen pregnancy prevention classes, refugee resettlement, and older adults and caregiver services. With offices located in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Greeley/Evans and Fort Morgan, CO and Albuquerque, NM, LFS proudly responds to social and emotional needs of approximately 30,000 people annually.

Guest speaker Stacie Hazleton, a LFS foster mom, spoke of the serious needs of children in the foster system. She shared stories of the children who have broken her heart and told success stories of those who became a part of her family even after moving on to adulthood. Taking the good with the bad Hazleton emphasized how each of the children had been a gift to her family and how thankful she was for what each had taught her and, given her through the years.

Golfers were fed overstuffed burritos to start their golf day and big charcoal broiled steaks at the end of their eighteen holes. They enthusiastically chowed down plates of steaks accompanied by a cool one (or two), as the prizes and silent auction items were distributed. Prizes were offered by 3rd Avenue Studio, A Touch of Colorado – Belmar, Birdee Girl, City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space Department, Colorado Avalanche, Comedy Works, D’Lance Golf Performance Center, Highlands Ranch Golf Club, Meridian Golf Club, Jay’s Valet, Rioja, Rocky Mountain Restaurant Group, Swift Automotive, The Club at Pradera, and the Trouble Salon.

The day was splendid. Excellent for engaging in fun, family rivalry, friends, comparing score cards and a spectacular golf game on a breathtaking course found only in Colorado  Add to that, the Rockies majestically peering over the guests. Without a doubt, this was a day of celebration.

Lutheran Family Services was also celebrating their 67 years of dedicated service to vulnerable children and families. The golfer’s support and presence meant more to everyone than just another round of golf.

For more information about LFS programs and services call 303-922-3433 or visit the website:



Rain, Sun and Fun at Stout Street Foundation Golf Tournament


It’s 5:30 a.m. on tournament day when Stout Street Foundation organizers arrive at the golf course. Rainy and dark and cold…oh, my! Would golfers show? You betcha. The sellout crowd at this year’s 9th annual Stout Street Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament stayed true to the tradition of this event, ready for anything—and all in for fun and friendly competition. Everyone was rewarded when the sun finally showed during lunch, causing guests to toss their jackets and throw on sunglasses as they grabbed some chow.

Some of the first-place team members and their fans (l to r): Ed, Shirley Schaub, Kevyn, and Robyn and Tim Lollar

Some of the first-place team members and their fans (l to r): Ed, Shirley Schaub, Kevyn, and Robyn and Tim Lollar

On Friday, May, 22, around 175 SSF friends and supporters kicked off the Memorial Day weekend at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club. After golf, they headed for the covered pavilion to meet up for grilled burgers and chicken, bid on the array of enticements at the silent auction, and win raffle prizes and golf awards. SSF’s president and CEO Christopher Conway talked about specific plans for the organization’s $50,000 fundraising goal, including facility improvements and continuing education for staff. Longtime supporter and radio guru Joe Bevilacqua auctioned off three sets of concert tickets, and golfers were rewarded for their tournament play with great prizes.

Chief Operating Officer Brad Lucero III, with Ethan

Chief Operating Officer Brad Lucero III, with Ethan

Stout Street Foundation’s mission is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structured, therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens.

SSF operates as a not-for-profit, self-sufficient organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state, or federal funding. Within the structured environment, the organization provides food, lodging, and specific programs and treatment for its residents. For more information on long-term residential treatment, 28-day residential treatment and out-patient assistance, please visit:, or call 303-321-2533.

Aurora Vistas Annual Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament


It was the perfect morning on the golf course for this year’s Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament which benefits the Aurora Vistas Foundation. The annual event was held at Murphy Creek Golf Course in Aurora on September 8, 2014. Nearly 100 golfers, including Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, participated in the tournament. The event began bright and early with a 6:30 breakfast and a 7:30 shotgun start. Several prize holes including, Men’s and women’s longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin added to the day’s excitement.

Following the round, golfers enjoyed a lunch of grilled chicken and hamburgers and presentation and awards ceremony. Board President Sandy Sweeney welcomed the crowd and Dr. Randy Stith explained the importance of the work of Aurora Vistas. Mayor Steve Hogan then addressed the audience and announced that in future years, any metro Mayor who participates in the event will qualify for their local mental health center to apply for grant funding for their children’s special programs. The event concluded with fantastic door prizes and drawings for some great golf-themed giveaways.

 Since 1987 , Aurora Vistas Foundation has been raising awareness and funds to support Aurora Mental Health Center’s programs for children and their families.

For more information, visit

Goodwill overflows at 19th Hole Celebration


There are 19th Holes, then, there are 19th Holes. The Goodwill organization treated their supporters to one of Denver’s top golf clubs on August 25, 2014.

The Colorado Golf Club is about as primo a watering hole as one can find after an exhausting day of missed hole-in-ones, scratches, birdies, lost balls, fairway mishaps and spectacular views from south Denver. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Goodwill Denver hosted the 12th annual Goodwill Golf Classic on a perfect Colorado weather day, that is until the last few holes when a powerful storm swooped in, and out, just in time for the golfers to find their way to the 19th Hole. The tournament ended in a lively celebration proving that men will be men after a day of golf in one of the prettiest settings ever. Tallying the score cards to a fine tune, they gathered to eat, drink and be merry. Not to mention they were duty bound to put their money where their mouths were in support of Goodwill’s educational fundraiser.

Amidst a glorious array of food and drink the supporters were urged by auctioneer, Jim Berz to drink up and loosen up as the live auction got underway. Berz did his job. The golfers stepped up to the plate to win bids on trips, golf, beer and beach time. The Cabo San Lucas package topped the bidding at $4,200.00. It was good fun and all for the annual charity golf tournament which supports Goodwill’s nationally recognized Youth Career Development Program. The program benefits more than 15,000 at-risk youth in Denver-area and northern Colorado schools each year.

Accepting trophies and $200, golfers Doug Rooney, Dan Fisher, Steve Baretz, and Chuck Latham proudly gloated over their first place win. It was a Big Fish Day.

Goodwill Denver has numerous programs that benefit youth, retired people, job opportunities and help toward the future for those in need. To get involved in Goodwill go to their website





Lutheran Family Services Annual Tee Off for HOPE


Golfers enjoyed a beautiful morning on the course for the 21st Annual Lutheran Family Services Golf Classic, held at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen on Monday, August, 11th, 2014. Over 120 golfers gathered early in the morning for registration and a quick breakfast before the 7:30am shotgun start. The perfect weather and breathtaking course set the scene for a round of golf that was enjoyed by all. The event, which is one of the main fundraisers for the organization, was a huge success for the participants, volunteers, and board members.

The round of golf was followed by a catered lunch, prize drawings, golfing awards and a short program by LFS staff and volunteers. Prizes were awarded to the lowest scoring teams, the mens and women’s longest drive, closest to the pin and putting contest, as well as a trophy award for the annual Church Cup award. Leadership team members also addressed the audience and described the work of LFS and the importance of contributing to the organization. Vice President of Resource Development, Jane Pope Meehan, welcomed the audience and introduced Becky Miller Updike, VP of Child and Family Services who explained the many programs LFS offers the community. Events Manager, Danette Goldhammer, thanked the attendees for their participation.

Lutheran Family Services, founded in 1948, believes that all people, from the newborn infant to the most elderly person, deserve to be valued in our community. Therefore, Lutheran Family Services is committed to offering love and support to the people it serves, regardless of race, religion, gender, or age, to help equip them to live full and whole lives.


SofTec Invitational Golf Tournament Full of Fun and Adventure


The phrase “snake in the grass” took on new meaning for golfers at the second annual SofTec Invitational Golf Tournament with a den of rattlesnakes to negotiate (i.e., avoid) on one hole. But all managed with flying colors during a day of great golf, giveaways, hearty chow, refreshing adult beverages, prizes and a little hula-hooping thrown in for good measure. More than 100 supporters hit Lone Tree Golf Club on Friday, July 18, to play for the benefit of OpenWorld Learning (OWL).

(l to r): Mike Torian, Chad Michaels, Jennifer Lewan and Jeff Pelot...BEFORE Hole No. 15!

(l to r): Mike Torian, Chad Michaels, Jennifer Lewan and Jeff Pelot…BEFORE Hole No. 15!

The day began with a breakfast buffet on the patio before an 8:30 shotgun start. Each foursome included a high-level business executive, offering a chance for some professional networking during the round. Word quickly spread about sponsored holes with giveaways, as well as those with free alcoholic concoctions to battle the summer sun.

Hole No. 15 was party central, complete with freshly made Moscow Mules, a couple of hula hoops and 1980s tunes blasting from an adjoining house—not coincidentally, the home of SofTec CEO and OWL board member Hemal Jhaveri. OWL’s CEO Piep van Heuven took to the golf course to welcome golfers and thank each one for participating.

(l to r): Neil Sanderlin, Ben Barnett, Clint Marley and Troy Oaks

(l to r): Neil Sanderlin, Ben Barnett, Clint Marley and Troy Oaks

Golfers were also buzzing about Hole No. 14, one that came with a warning about rattlesnakes hanging out in some brush just off the fairway, about 200 yards from the tee. When one golfer hit into the spot, his teammates jokingly reminded him of the snakes and he came back with, “I’ve always wanted a pet.” But when he went to look for his golf ball, it was with club in hand.

Taylor Costello blasts a drive down the fairway.

Taylor Costello blasts a drive down the fairway.

Golfers received a boxed lunch on the course and their 18 holes of play was followed by an informal cocktail reception. There, low scores and pro-worthy shots were rewarded, and “…missed it by this much” stories abounded.

OpenWorld Learning is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports children’s school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. Using interactive technology developed at MIT, programs help children invent, engineer, create and design through fun and challenging, project-based learning. The organization is committed to bridging the digital divide and developing a community of energized learners.

OWL was founded by Chris Myers in 2000 to provide a fun and challenging after-school educational program centered on teaching advanced computer technology to Denver area students. Since then, the organization has proudly served more than 5,000 students with over 550,000 contact hours, including 523 students who received more than 66,474 contact hours during the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, please visit:

Habitat Golf Classic Celebrates 10 Years


Under sunny skies and comfy temperatures, the 10th annual Habitat Golf Classic featured its share of PGA-worthy play, as well as a few golfer-bonding “great shot, wrong fairway” moments. Early-bird players were up and at ’em at 6:45 a.m. for registration and continental breakfast, ready to take on Glenmoor Country Club’s Pete Dye-designed course to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. In the end, it wasn’t so much about scoring, but enjoying a fun day on a beautiful golf course…along with the winning collaboration between host sponsor Habitat Interfaith Alliance and Habitat Metro Denver.

Event chair Rob Ayers eyes the hole-in-one prize provided by HM Brown.

Event chair Rob Ayers eyes the hole-in-one prize provided by HM Brown.

Once participants received goody bags and grabbed breakfast-to-go, they loaded up golf carts for a shotgun start at 7:45. The round featured a number of hole prizes, including a hole-in-one car from HM Brown. Krank Golf’s rep Christie Banowetz was stationed at the “Krank-It Hole,” giving players the opportunity to make a Habitat donation. In return, golfers were able to hit a Krank driver off the tee and no matter where they hit the ball, their official tournament landing was at the standing world record of 483 yards. If the team managed to send their second shot into the hole: double eagle.

Scott Bates, Habitat Interfaith Alliance chair, takes a minute to enjoy the gorgeous morning as golfers make their way to the first tee.

Scott Bates, Habitat Interfaith Alliance chair, takes a minute to enjoy the gorgeous morning as golfers make their way to the first tee.

Rob Ayers served as event chair and tournament participant, and Habitat Interfaith Alliance chair Scott Bates handled operations. After their round, golfers could finalize their silent-auction bids before settling down for a hearty brunch prepared by Glenmoor CC culinary pros, and find out whose scores stood up to the competition. Special thanks were given to sponsors, staff and volunteers, along with Steve Beach and Faye Whade of Glenmoor CC, and Lisa Chamberlain of Corporate and Golf Resources.

With representatives from 14 congregations in metro Denver, Habitat Interfaith Alliance is a group of dedicated souls who bring together people of Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Unitarian Universalist faiths to do God’s work as a team. The organization’s annual goal is raising funds for all the building materials for one Habitat home in Denver and another in a developing country (via Habitat’s Tithe Program). The Habitat Golf Classic is a major fundraising component for this year’s Denver build–a three-bedroom, two-story townhome for a single mom and her four daughters. To date, HIA has built 12 homes in Denver. For more information, please visit:

In 2014, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver celebrates 35 years as a Habitat for Humanity affiliate, consistently recognized as a top producer and leader in green-energy homes. The organization completed its 500th home in metro Denver in November, 2012. Habitat Metro Denver is the fifth affiliate to tithe $1 million to Habitat in other countries—more than 600 homes have been built internationally. The organization continues to set challenging schedules and milestones for every year. Every 10 minutes another Habitat home is completed somewhere in the world and volunteers account for the majority of labor to build these homes, helping keep mortgages for the new homeowners affordable. For more information, please visit:

Stout Street Foundation Tees Off With 8th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament


You might say it was a hail of a week at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, with heavy thunderstorms and even a tornado doing damage in the area. But—just in time—the club closed the entire day before the Stout Street Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament, and grounds crews worked from dawn till dark to get the course back in shape for the sold-out event. On Friday, May 23, 144 players teed off at 8 a.m. to help raise funds for SSF programs and services to treat addiction and alcoholism.

Hey, he hit the ball. Yeah! (Photo courtesy of Stout Street Foundation)

Hey, he hit the ball…No way!…Yeah, see it? It’s over in that other fairway. (Photo courtesy of Stout Street Foundation)

Designed for golfers of all abilities, along with SSF friends and volunteers, the eighth annual tournament went off without a hitch, and everyone was treated to a day full of friendly competition and camaraderie. Whether they were scratch golfers or just happy to make contact with the ball, players had a great time. Former Denver Bronco players and SSF supporters Haven Moses, Tom Graham and Bucky Diltz were spotted on the course enjoying the event to the max. Once the rounds were finished and scores tallied, the crowd converged at the pavilion area for a tasty barbecue and strategic bidding at the silent auction.

Save the date and register early for the 2015 tournament. Not only did more sponsors jump on board this year, but it was the event’s second consecutive sellout. And why not? It’s easy to support Stout Street Foundation, and the staff–along with tournament regulars–excel at renewing old friendships and welcoming new ones.

The mission of Stout Street Foundation is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structured, therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens. SSF operates as a not-for-profit, self-sufficient organization without primary economic dependence on municipal, state, or federal funding. Within the structured environment, Stout Street Foundation provides food, lodging, and specific programs and treatment for its residents. For more information on long-term residential treatment, 28-day residential treatment and out-patient assistance, please visit:

100th Celebration kicks off with Golf Tournament


It was a divine day for golf…..

For the historic Mile High Academy of Denver, it was more than a divine day of  golf. The shotgun tournament was a part of their weekend 100th Anniversary celebration. Since its humble beginnings one hundred years ago, the MHA has been serving the Denver Metro area by bringing academic excellence as well as a desire for intellectual discovery.

The weekend celebration is a well orchestrated effort to raise $200,000 for the academy’s ongoing scholarship fund. The heady amount will allow the private faith based school to spread academic excellence to more families in the community.

Mile High Academy is loyally supported by alumni who are involved in the school’s success and enduring legacy while helping to insure the one hundred year tradition of small classrooms, a dedicated staff working in a Christian environment.

The school encourages education within the Christian community. Statistics show that 30% of children in their community live below the poverty level. A portion of the scholarships funds will go to worthy student’s admission costs, student aid and athletics. Combining educational learning goals with Colorado outdoor skills and recognizing the need for fun athletics, the school plans to use a portion of the $200,000 to build a climbing wall in the gymnasium.

The Academy was ready and geared high for a weekend full of events such as an early morning breakfast followed by a concert featuring Strings of the Rockies, the MHA Choir, Union College Choir, and the Alumni Community Choir. While the pancakes settled, the Alumni basketball games began between the MHA Lady Mustangs vs Alumni, followed by the MHA Mustangs vs Alumni.

Mile High Academy is special to the Denver Christian community and continues to educate children of children of the Academy. One hundred years strong.

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Golf and Build: 9th Annual Habitat Golf Classic Shines

Brian Patton and The Jets

Brian Patton and The Jets

With proceeds going toward building homes for deserving families, more than 100 big-hearted golfers also spent the day building friendships—and of course a winning score—at the 9th annual Habitat Golf Classic. Under blue skies with summery temperatures and some winds that could help boost a drive, the tournament was held at gorgeous Glenmoor Country Club on Monday, June 3.

Volunteers from Habit for Humanity of Metro Denver were on hand early to give out tournament gifts and set up grab-and-go breakfast treats to get golfers on the course with confidence and a little caffeine. Foursomes negotiated the rolling hills and occasional sparkling waters, with hole-in-one enticements that ranged from cash to a new car donated by H.M. Brown & Associates. They also had the opportunity for on-the-spot donations buying a long drive from heavy-hitter Rob Oristaglio—his personal fundraising goal for the day was $8,500, and generous golfers stepped up to the monetary challenge.

While a few foursomes were focused on low scores, everyone was able to enjoy a relaxing day—and some hilarious antics—on the course. After their 18-hole rounds, golfers met up at the clubhouse to bid on an array of silent auction items, and sit down to a cool-and-comfortable buffet lunch in the dining room with program and awards emceed by Rich Shube.

Funds from the tournament were earmarked for Habitat for Humanity Denver Metro’s Globeville Redevelopment Project and the newest local Habitat owners, a family of six. Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone, everywhere deserves a decent place to live. The program gives people a “hand up,” not a handout. The organization empowers families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. Each Habitat homeowner invests hundreds of hours to help build their home, and then purchases it with an affordable, zero-percent interest mortgage. Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver has been building homes and helping area families for 11 years. For more information, please visit

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.

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