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August 30, 2010 - Goodwill is Driving for Diplomas

What: Colorado Casualty Goodwill Golf Classic Presented by CareerBuilder

Where: Lakewood Country Club

When: Monday, August 30, 2010

Time: Golf Classic 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 19th Hole reception 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Freshman-Hole $500, Sophomore - Silver Level: $3,000, Junior - Gold Level: $5,000, Senior - Titanium Level: $7,500, Graduate - Platium Level $10,000, College Bound- Title/Presenting Level: $15,000

Beneficiary: Goodwill’s Youth Services Program

Gala Chairperson(s): Martin Pocs - Golf Committee Chair

President(s): Jesse Wolff, President and CEO

Speaker: Keith Braxton with Colorado Casualty, Jarrod Jackson Goodwill Mentor

Catering: Lunch boxes from Einstein's Bagels, buffet style appetizers from Lakewood Country Club

Sponsors: College Bound Sponsors - Title Sponsor: Colorado Casualty, Presenting Sponsor: CareerBuilder. Graduate Sponsor: Waste Management. Gold Junior Sponsors: Affordable Marketing Promotions, Bank of the West, Chase, Big O Tires, EON, Ernst & Young, Grant Thorton, Marsh, Newmont, Xcel Energy, Towers Watson. Silver Sophomore Sponsors: Ball, CH2MHill, Crosbie Real Estate Group, Martin Pocs- DHR International, Einstein Bros Bagels, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, I.B.E.W. Local Union 111, JP Construction Services LLC. McCarthy Capital Corp, Messner & Reeves, Mutual of America, Northern Colorado Paper, Prime Trailer Leasing, Wells Fargo. Freshman Sponsors: Adovoda, Forte Advertising, Cars Helping Charites, Accuvant, OfficeTeam

Auctioneer: Brent Grube with CareerBuilder

Quote of the evening: "We're not here to judge, we're here to help these young men." from the Goodwill Men at Work Mentor Program video presentation

Menu: Salad station, beef carving station, hors d'oeuvers station and ice cream station provided by Lakewood Country Club catering

Attendance: 300 for both the golf classic and the 19th Hole reception

Attire: Golf attire/ casual

Information: Call: 303-650-7756, or log on to

Board of Directors: Tricia Allen, Tom Athenour, Mary Bahde, Greg Ball, Tracy Baumgartner, Kathleen Cook, Michael Ebedes, Bill Elsner, C. Dale Flowers, Kevin King, Jean Lawhead, David Leonard, Doug Linkhart, Scott Maierhofer, Carrie Mesch - Vice Chair, James R. Meurer, Todd Munson, Kevin Patterson, Jason Romero - Secretary, W. Dean Salter, Bill Schmidt, John Shunk, Steven Swain, Dawn Taylor Owens, Scott Worrell, Cliff Young, John Youngquist

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Keith Braxton from Colorado Casualty- Title Sponsor and Goodwill President Jesse Wolff
Keith Braxton from Colorado Casualty- Title Sponsor and Goodwill President Jesse Wolff

Just another day at the ... golf course? Not just any golf course, but the beautiful and serene Lakewood Country Club Golf Course. And not just any golf game, but the  Colorado Casualty Goodwill Golf Classic Presented by CareerBuilder. Overheard on the course, one player jokingly said "It could be worse, we could be in the office." But the overall mood on this beautiful Colorado day was that there was no better way to spend a day than to be out playing golf with friends and raising much needed funds to support the youth programs at Goodwill. Yes, this is better than being in the office. 

This year's golf tournament theme was once again " Driving for Diplomas." So while close to 34 teams of golfers gathered to raise funds to help at-risk youth achieve their high school and college diplomas, the golfers were also treated to a day filled with contests to win cash and great prizes, such as a cruise for two sponsored by Newmont Mining or a car from Sill Terhar.  But that is only a partial list of what this fun filled day had in store. At other stops along the course there were Mojitos, a Martini Luge sponsored by Big O Tires, margaritas sponsored by Affordable Marketing Solutions, energy drinks, a bagel toss sponsored by Einstein Bros., and even a lemonade stand served up by some of Goodwill's enterprising youth.  
Following 18 rounds of golf, the very hungry golfers enjoyed appetizers and dessert provided by the Lakewood Country Club along with fresh cocktails and beer. But the highlight of the day was an exciting Helicopter Ball Drop. Golfers as well as guests arriving for the 19th Hole silent auction celebration were able to purchase golf balls to be dropped from a helicopter over the driving range. The top prize for the ball landing closest to the hole, or better yet - in the hole - was an impressive $5,000. One could bid on some very nice items at the silent and live auction with that extra cash. The crowd gathered anxiously outdoors to watch as hundreds of golf balls fell from the sky, hoping that their ball would score them the grand prize.
Topping off the evening were gifts and prizes for the days contest winners and awards for the top winning scores of the day. Goodwill President and CEO Jesse Wolff spoke first, sharing his appreciation on behalf of Goodwill for the events sponsors, participants and as always, the volunteers for their good work.  Also brought up to receive an award of appreciation was Keith Braxton, CEO of Colorado Casualty, Title Sponsor for the Golf Classic.  At the beginning of the day, Mike Brewer with Colorado Casualty made the comment " We're a proud sponsor of Goodwill this year and the good things they do in the community." And at the end of the day, Keith Braxton announced that they would be sponsoring again next year, making it a 3-peat.
Martin Pocs, the golf committee chair then came up to announce the  day's winners and give away some great prizes. Taking 1st place with the best golf score was Bob Sweeney, Tim Schultz, Jack Alexander and Jim Alexander from Kenneth King Foundation.  They received a lovely award as well as the coveted Goodwill jackets.  Second place went to Brent Grube, Molly Greenblat, Tom Kalinowski and Chris Welch from the CareerBuilder Team. There were many other happy winners from the day, taking home great prizes and cash awards. But the biggest winner of the day was Goodwill, as this event raised about $166,000 for their youth services programs. 
Co-chairs Roselyn Saunders and Carrie Mesch took a few minutes at the end of the program to announce the next Goodwill event, the Dancing for the Youth Goodwill Gala coming up in October, which they'll be chairing. If you are interested in attending that event, you can visit From golfing to dancing, to high school and college diplomas, Goodwill provides something for everyone. Plan on attending next year's golf classic, which is sure to be filled with more fun and good will.
Goodwill Industries of Denver seeks to reverse the cycle of poverty through career preparation and skills training for at-risk youth, struggling adults and individuals with disabilities. Proceeds from the Colorado Casualty Goodwill Golf Classic Presented by CareerBuilder will support Goodwill’s nationally recognized Youth Services Program, benefitting more than 30,000 young people in 27 metro-area schools each year. Goodwill's career development curriculum helps students understand the relevance of their classroom education to a positive and successful future.  Whether students decide to pursue post-secondary education or enter the workforce, Goodwill gives them the tools to be successful in college or work.
To learn about all of the programs at Goodwill or to find out how you can help or get involved, please visit the website at

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