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June 22, 2007 - Goodwill Hosts Tee-Off Party

What: Goodwill Industries of Denver's Golf Classic Tee-Off Party

Where: Private residence of Martin and Christy Pocs

When: Friday, June 22, 2007

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: By invitation

Beneficiary: Goodwill's Youth Services Programs

Host(s): Martin and Christy Pocs

President(s): President and CEO: Tim Welker

Catering: Bistro Boys Catering

Sponsors:, Northern Trust and Messner & Reeves

Attendance: 70

Attire: Business Casual

Board of Directors: Nelson Alston, Alston Law Firm, LLC; Tom Athenour, StarQuest Learning; George Bogdewiecz, Vice Chair, Great-West Life; Mary Davis, McGlothin Davis, Inc.; Brent Drever, QPM Solutions, LLC; Richard Dutkiewicz, New World Restaurant Group; Bill Elsner, Secretary, Senior Executive; C. Dale Flowers, Flowers & Associates; Sam Freeman, Retired Executive; Harold Klausner, Chair, Watson Wyatt Worldwide; Tamela Lee, City of Denver Division of Small Business Opportunity; David Leonard, WildBlue Communications; David Majcen, Insight Financial; Scott Maierhofer, Green Manning & Bunch; Carrie Mesch, MESCH Commercial Real Estate; James R. Meurer, Asset Valuation Advisors, LLC; Todd Munson, JPMorgan Chase; Jason Romero, Wells Fargo Bank, NA; W. Dean Salter, Holme Roberts & Owen; Bill Schmidt, Schmidt & Horen; Van Schoales, Piton Foundation; Greg Sherrill, Circa 65; John Shunk, Messner & Reeves; Erin Smyth, Denver Auxiliary; Gully Stanford, College in Colorado; Steven Swain, Treasurer, Qwest Communications; Dorothy Walker, Ball Corporation; Cliff Young, Univ. of Colorado & Health Sciences Center

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Duane Lawlor (left) from Xcel Energy, Tim Welker (President of Goodwill) and Paul Moore from Xcel Energy
Duane Lawlor (left) from Xcel Energy, Tim Welker (President of Goodwill) and Paul Moore from Xcel Energy

By Howie Grapek

On Friday, June 22, 2007, Martin and Christy Pocs hosted a "Tee Off" party at their home for business executives, community leaders and sponsors of the Goodwill Golf Classic. The tournament is September 17 at Green Gables Country Club.  

During the party, guests were treated with hors d'oeuvres from Bistro Boys Catering and select beverages by Coors Brewery and Sun Orchard. Julie Balistreri from Balistreri Vineyards was present to provide wine tasting of the latest selection from her vineyard.  

The Goodwill Golf Committee includes Martin Pocs (Chair), DHR International; Eric Akerson, Express Personnel; Greg Ball, Marsh USA ; George Bogdewiecz, Great-West Life; Brent Drever, QPM Solutions; Rick Dutkiewicz, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group; Bill Elsner, Senior Executive; Tom Feldkamp. Hewlett Packard; Brent Grube,; Scott Maierhofer, Green, Manning & Bunch; Carrie Mesch, Mesch Commercial Real Estate; and Van Young, EON Office.  

The theme for the Goodwill Golf Classic is "Driving for Diplomas." All proceeds will benefit Goodwill's School To Work Programs, which help at-risk teens connect the relevance of their education to their success in life. The School To Work Program reaches more than 15,000 students in 29 area high schools. Due to the measurable impact the program is having, Goodwill Industries wants to offer it to even more at-risk students. 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 93 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. Goodwill also encourages kids to focus on their futures. Goodwill sets up mentor programs, and has more than 50 local employers providing internships to students. This is a great way for a student to explore their opportunities, when they may have thought they had few before.  

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 significantly in the past few years. Now Goodwill is seeking additional support from the community. The Goodwill Golf Classic goes a long way toward ensuring that Goodwill's School To Work Program can support many more students each year. Hopefully, this "Tee Off" party has helps educate sponsors and garners additional support. For more information about Goodwill Denver and the School To Work Program, log on to


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