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May 21, 2010 - Stout Street Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament

What: Annual fund-raising golf tourney.

Where: Buffalo Run Golf Course; Commerce City, CO

When: Friday, May 21, 2010

Time: 8:00 a.m. tee off

Ticket Prices: $125

Beneficiary: Stout Street Foundation

Executive Director: Tom Knight

Staff: Brad Lucero III, Asst. Exec. Director; Christopher Conway, SSF Program Director; Sara Mehls, SSF Asst. Program Dir.; Darcy Narans, CFO; Teri Smith, Development Dir.

Catering: Buffalo Run Golf Course

Sponsors: Tetra Tech EC, Inc; CoBiz Bank; CoBiz Insurance; !st Bank of Denver; Ogden St. South; ARC of Colorado; Phoenix Multisport; Food Bank of the Rockies; Suncor Energy; Precision Elevator; Advanced Exteriors; City of Commerce City; Time to Change; Heelie Chiropractic

Board of Directors: Chair, Ms. Joanne Lah, Executive Director, Black Hawk/Central City VCB; Co-Chair, Dr. Kenneth G. Wilson, Retired Ph.D, Psychology; Mr. Lloyd Lewis, CEO & President, ARC Thrift Stores; Ms. Dawn Sieh, Sr. Staff Consultant ,Verizon Communications; Ms. Carol Wiltse, Past President, Commerce City Business Professionals; Mayor Paul Natale, Mayor of Commerce City, CO; Mr. Robert Graf, Robert Graf Realty; Mr. Tim Frey, Owner, Ogden Street South ; Mr. Clyde Lay, President and CEO, C and C Shirt Company; Members at Large: Ms. Judy Boyles, Senior Financial Representative, Paragon Financial Group

Blacktie Photos by: Jim Turley

 Commerce City Mayor Paul Natale, left, with Teri Smith, SSF Development Director and Carol Wiltse
Commerce City Mayor Paul Natale, left, with Teri Smith, SSF Development Director and Carol Wiltse

The fourth annual Stout Street Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament was held Friday, May 21st at the Buffalo Run Golf Course in Commerce City.  20 foursomes were treated to a picture-perfect early summer Colorado day - a few puffy clouds and temperatures in the 70s.  There was a lunch catered by Buffalo Run afterwards, where awards and trophies were handed out and the silent auction winners were announced. 

The Stout Street Foundation was incorporated in 1976 by Bradley R. Lucero Jr., Lillian Potter, and Jim Doyle. Mr. Lucero was in a halfway house in Denver when his good friend, Father Tom Dowd, recommended he visit a long term drug and alcohol therapeutic community in California called Delancy Street.

Impressed by what the program offered, Mr. Lucero set out to open his own version of a therapeutic community. From the start, Stout Street adopted the motto of “People Helping People Help Themselves”.

Over the years SSF has grown and expanded from a small house in Denver on Stout Street with just a handful of residents to a newly refurbished hotel in Commerce City accommodating over 125 residents in a self contained community.

In May 2006, founder Bradley R. Lucero Jr. passed away, but his legacy will live on through the Stout Street Foundation.

The SSF program is unusual in that participants commit to enroll for 2-3 years.  While in the program most people work at an outside job at businesses and organizations that are supporters of SSF.  This process keeps participants "plugged into" the real world, and also affords SSF to operate with a very lean budget. Costs are approximately $35 per day, compared to $165 per day that the State of Colorado spends.

SSF has quite a track record, as exemplified by one of its residents:

""I am 24 years old and I started using drugs at 11. First it was alcohol, then marijuana, but finding methamphetamine turned into my greatest downfall. I first used methamphetamines at age 12 but I didn’t have much to lose at this age, so it was all fun and games. At 15, I got pregnant and I used a couple of times even though I knew that I was going to have a baby. When I stopped using, I stayed clean from methamphetamines for four years. I worked as a nurse’s assistant, had my own apartment, a car, and my daughter Mariah, who was my world; everything I did was for her was to enable her to have the life that I didn’t have. When methamphetamine found me again, it took three years for me to lose all that I had, including my job and my dream of being a nurse, my home, my car, and left me with a criminal history. Thankfully, I didn’t lose Mariah, but I put her through the same things I went through as a child. Stout Street has helped me look past all that I have lost and the foundation is helping me to find myself again. When I leave Stout Street, I will again have a home and dreams that I can achieve because of the foundation. I can be a mother to my little girl. I am so grateful to Stout Street."

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