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June 16, 2006 - Goodwill Gears up for its 2006 Golf Classic at Green Gables Country Club

What: Goodwill's Tee Off Party

Where: The home of Christy and Martin Pocs in the Legacy Ridge Golf Community

When: June 16, 2006

Time: 5:00PM-8:00PM

Beneficiary: Goodwill's School to Work Program and Colorado area youth

Host(s): Martin and Christy Pocs

EMCEE: Will be Susie Wargin of 9NEWS Morning Sports

Presenting Sponsor(s): Big O Tires

Committee Members: Martin Pocs (Chair), DHR International; Eric Akerson, Express Personnel Services; Greg Ball, Marsh; George Bogdewiecz, Great-West Life; Rick Dutkiewicz, New World Restaurant Group; and David Peterson, Heery International

Sponsors: Big O Tires, Great West Healthcare, EON Office, Waste Management, Marsh,, Ankmar Door Inc., Wells Fargo, Green Manning & Bunch, Orica, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Watson Wyatt, Circa 65, Retirement Capital Group, Balistreri Winery; Hole-in-one Contest Sponsors: Williams Jewelers and Littleton Infiniti

Information: Please call 303-650-7700 or

Board of Directors: Board Chair: Mary Davis, McGlothin Davis, Inc.; Vice Chair: Harold Klausner, Watson Wyatt Worldwide; Treasurer: John Shunk, Messner & Reeves; Secretary: Bill Elsner, Telecom Partners; Nelson Alston, Alston Law Firm, LLC; Tom Athenour, StarQuest Learning; George Bogdewiecz, Great-West Life; Renee Choitz, Denver Auxiliary; Susan Curtis, Center for Creative Leadership; Brent Drever, QPM Solutions, LLC; Richard Dutkiewicz, New World Restaurant Group; Tom Feldkamp, Hewlett Packard Company; C. Dale Flowers, Flowers & Associates; Sam Freeman, Retired Executive; Tamela Lee, City of Denver Division of Small Business Opportunity; David Majcen, Insight Financial; Scott Maierhofer, Green Manning & Bunch; Todd Munson, JPMorgan Chase; David Peterson, Heery International; Jason Romero, Wells Fargo Bank, NA; Bill Schmidt, Schmidt & Horen; Van Schoales, Colorado Children’s Campaign; Greg Sherrill, Circa 65; Erin Smyth, Denver Auxiliary; Gully Stanford, CO Dept of Higher Education; Steven Swain, Qwest Communications; 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: Chelsea Wyatt

 Kevin Jones and EON's own Betsy Williams and Cindy Bowen.  EON is the Golf Cart Sponsor.
Kevin Jones and EON's own Betsy Williams and Cindy Bowen. EON is the Golf Cart Sponsor.

Chelsea Wyatt

Momentum is certainly building for this year's Goodwill Golf Classic. The sponsor roster is almost full, and many players keep joining as well, all in the quest to sponsor Goodwill in their "Drive for Diplomas."

To keep momentum rolling through September 18th's Golf Classic, the Chair of this year's tournament, Martin Pocs and spouse Christy Pocs, had a Goodwill Tee Off Party at their home, right next to Legacy Ridge Golf Course. The party featured amazing catering by Bistro Boys and wine tasting from Balistreri Wines, some of which are grown right here in Denver, Colorado.

The attendees included many of the sponsors, such as Littleton Infiniti, which also brought a car for viewing (a car will also be one of the hole-in-one prizes), and EON Office, which is the golf cart sponsor, and has been involved for the past two years. The sponsors truly got to enjoy themselves, and hear much more about the programs that Goodwill provides.

The evening also featured the Principal of George Washington High School, Mario Williams. George Washington is one of the many schools where Goodwill's program is active. He spoke of the need for a program like this, and the extra aid that Goodwill has provided by creating a mentoring program for GW seniors and juniors to support the incoming freshmen class as they start high school.

Through the School-to-Work program, Goodwill has created one of the most innovative programs in the state to help at-risk high school students achieve the goal of graduation. On average, a third of high school students never make it to Graduation Day. Goodwill's program, meanwhile, has a graduation rate of 95 percent for seniors participating in the program.

Goodwill is helping to keep at-risk kids in school until graduation, but this is only half the battle. They actually also encourage kids to focus on their futures. Goodwill even sets up mentor programs, and has gotten several companies to provide internships to their students. This is a great way for a student to explore their opportunities, when they may have thought they had few before Goodwill intervened. Goodwill knows that Colorado's youth may represent only 20 percent of our population, but they represent 100 percent of our future.

This program has grown incredibly in the past few years, so much so that it now benefits more than 10,000 at-risk youth in 22 metro-area schools each year. The program is now so large that Goodwill cannot support it by themselves. The Goodwill Golf Classic goes a long way towards ensuring that Goodwill's School to Work program can support many more students each year.

This year's Goodwill Golf Classic will be held at the Green Gables Country Club. The Golf Classic will be only the third time that nonmembers have had an event at Green Gables since the renowned Arthur Hills completely re-designed the course. The course is framed by the Rockies and bordered by the scenic Ward Lake. Green Gables believes Goodwill's School-to-Work program so much that they have made a three-year commitment to host the Goodwill Golf Classic.

2006 will surely be a year to celebrate for Goodwill and all that it has accomplished in the community. By participating in the golf tournament, you can make sure it is even more successful. Each entry gets a gift of a bottle of Balistreri, and four Rolex watches and a brand-new Infinity car are only some of the great prizes to be had.

The greatest gift, however, will be knowing that you helped the community by ensuring that the next generation of Colorado's youth will be more prepared for life after high school than the last. Education is everything in the world today, and you can support local education greatly by just picking up your golf clubs at one of Colorado's most renowned, private country clubs.

For more information about Goodwill's Youth Services programs, or to register for the tournament, please call 303-650-7700.



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