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September 19, 2005 - Goodwill Golfing at Columbine Country Club

What: Goodwill Industries 3rd Annual Charitable Golf Tourament

Where: Columbine Country Club

When: September 19, 2005

Time: 12PM Shotgun start; 5PM Awards

Ticket Prices: $225 Individual Registration

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver

Mistress of Ceremonies: Susie Wargin, 9News Morning Sports Anchor

Presenting Sponsor(s): Waste Management; Presenting Sponsor

Gala Chairperson(s): Martin Pocs, Vice Chairman DHR Executive Search

Founders: Rev. Edgar J. Helms in 1902

Committee Members: Martin Pocs, Rick Dutkeiwicz, Eric Akerson, David Peterson, George Bogdewiecz and Tom Feldkamp

President(s): Tim Welker ent/CEO

Co-President(s): Joyce Schlose, Vice President, Workforce Development ; Ric Berninzoni , Vice President, Retail; Elaine Martinez, CPA , Vice President, Finance & Administration, Kevin Jones, Vice-President, Fund Development; and Kee Liakos, Vice-President, Marketing

Staff: Kristi Esbenshade, Youth Services, Christi Romero-Roseth, Adult Services, Kathy Hill, Community Employment, Bill Robertson, Accounting, and Ed Barber, Facilities

Catering: Lunch; Einstein Bros. Bagels, Dinner; Columbine Country Club

Of note: Larry Alford II "The One Armed Bandit:

Sponsors: Waste Management, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Eon Today's Office, Watson Wyatt, Mercedes of Littleton, Williams Jewelers, A-1 Custom Trophies, Hurcules Ind., Liberty Mutural, Accenture, Barclays, Marsh, Career Lab, Mark it Plus, Central Bag and Burlap, Meese Corp., Chase Bank, CoBank, Money Mailer, QPM Solutions, Colorado Business Bank, StarQuest Learning Systems, DHR Executive Search, UPS, Express Personnel and WisdomNet

Attendance: 200

Attire: Golf

Special Thanks: Great-West Life and Lewan & Associates

Event Coordinator: Kevin Jones

Board of Directors: Tom Feldkamp, Chair, Hewlett Packard Co.; Mary Davis, Vice Chair, McGlothin Davis, Inc.; Harold Klausner, Secretary, Watson Wyatt Worldwide; Jay Myers, Treasurer, JP Morgan Chase Bank; Nelson Alston, Alston Law Firm, LLC; Tom Athenour, StarQuest Learning; George Bogdewiecz, Great-West Life; David Cessna, Adams County One Stop; Renee Choitz, Denver Auxiliary; Susan Curtis, Leadership Consultant; Brent Drever, QPM Solutions, LLC; Richard Dutkiewicz, New World Restaurant Group, Inc.; Bill Elsner, Telecom Partners; Chuck Javernick, Colorado Rockies, Tobin Kern, Hoffman, Reilly, Pozner & Williamson; Tamela Lee, City & County of Denver Contract Compliance; David Majcen, Insight Financial; Bob Ostertag, Colorado Business Bank; David Peterson, Heery International; Bill Schmidt, Schmidt & Horen; John Shunk, Messner & Reeves; Angela M. Timm, COBANK, ACB; Dorothy Walker, Ball Corporation; Marsha Williams, Koste-Williams Executive Search; Clifford Young, University of CO at Denver

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 The winning team! The Pocs Foursome; Bill Elsner, Martin Pocs, Tyg Krekel and Eric Akerson.
The winning team! The Pocs Foursome; Bill Elsner, Martin Pocs, Tyg Krekel and Eric Akerson.

Marcelo Mainzer

Goodwill Industries have been giving people the opportunity to do acts of good will since 1902; and in Denver they go back to 1918. The Denver Goodwill organization began with 50 people on the Epworth Church property at 1130 31st Street. They collected used clothing and household goods, refurbished and sold them. The proceeds provided wages and the opportunity to live a better life for physically handicapped men and women. By 2001, the number of retail stores reached 14 with a new location in Loveland; 41 collection centers located throughout the area and the number of employees in main plant alone, rose to more than 400.

Goodwill's mission is to provide employment, training and job placement to people with special needs that ultimately lead to a degree of self-sufficiency. They serve people with disabilities, disadvantaged youth, older workers, persons receiving government assistance, persons with limited language skills and those who have had difficulty finding or keeping jobs. At Goodwill, employees experience rewarding human services successes. They offer a competitive compensation package and provide an embracing, empowering work environment.

Goodwill Industries is rooted in volunteerism. Volunteer opportunities include; Youth Services which utilizes volunteers as Mentors, giving youth real insights and instruction into the working world. Positions at the Retail outlets, Administrative Support, Board of Directors, Festivals and Fairs and Special Projects like the Third Annual Charitable Golf Tournament. This year the tournament was a the beautiful and historic Columbine Country Club which is celebrating it’s 55th anniversary.

Golfers were greeted at Columbine by Kee Liakos VP Marketing, Kevin Jones, VP of Fund Development and Alison Oyler Marketing and Fund Development and many volunteers, they registered and received a wind shirt from EON Office Products. Marketing committee member C. Dale Flowers offered them the opportunity to improve their score with “Mulligans and Throws.

Before the shotgun start the participants sat down to a delicious box lunch provided by Einstein Bros. Bagels. For last minute tips Larry Alford II, “The One-Armed Bandit,” was on hand with a golf demonstration. Mounting their respective carts, each golfer found a gift bag with thank you goodies from Einstein Bros., Colorado Rockies, Imperial Hat ware, Money Mailer, Revolution Cleaners, Accenture, TX Mortgage, Great West Life, Avid Golfer magazine and Tom Fieldname.

Columbine Country Club is private course with long, flat, fast greens and narrow fairways. Designed by Henry Hughes in 1956, it was the site of the 1967 PGA Championship Tournament; the USAGE has chosen CCSC as its regional qualifying site for many years. There are water hazards that come into play on six holes, and sand bunkers are in play throughout the course. The signature hole is #5, a 343-yard, par 4, requiring an accurate shot to a half-moon shaped green. CCC is rich with mature trees, thick-grassed fairways and rough (bluegrass). Both par-3 holes on the front side are generally 200+ yards. Even the shorter par-4 holes defy attempts to overpower them and require drive placement to avoid hazards and/or to position approach shots.

Around five in the afternoon, the golfers turned in their scorecards and retired to the Greenside Pub for Drinks. They were greeted by Susie Wargin, 9News Morning Sports Anchor and the Goodwill silent auction team which included Christi Romero-Roseth, Director of New Business Dev., Joyce Schlose, V. P. of Workforce Development and volunteers Judith Romero-Roseth and Trisha Buskey.

Some of the wonderful silent auction items for the golfers to bid on included golfing at Castle Pines, Indian Wells, Heritage, City Park and of course Columbine. Bowling with Mayor John Hickenlooper, vacations in Denver, Keystone and Las Vegas. Tickets to see the Broncos or Rockies play, or a round trip flight on Frontier Airlines just to name a few.

Joyce Schlose rose to the podium to welcome participants and thank the volunteers and sponsors of the event. Susie Wargin led the awards ceremonies. The first was a plaque presented by Tom Feldkamp Chairman of the Goodwill Board of Directors to Martin Pocs, Golf Committee Chair and Vice Chairman of DHR Executive Search. Closest to the pin was won by Bill Eisner, longest drive, by the women was taken by Peggy Spruce and for the men by Jack Cella, the second place team were Bob Sweeney, Andi Schultz, Jack Alexander and Tim Schultz of the Kenneth Kendal King Foundation. The number one team of the day, The Pocs Foursome of Martin Pocs, Eric Akerson, Bill Eisner and Tyg Krekel.

Proceeds from the tournament supports Goodwill’s nationally recognized “School to Work” program benefiting more then 8,000 at-risk youth in 19 metro-area schools. Eighteen holes for nineteen schools and a wonderful day of golf; it doesn’t get much better then that.

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