May 18, 2012 - Stout Street Foundation Benefit Golf Tournament and Silent Auction
What: 6th annual golf tournament, luncheon and silent auction to raise funds for Stout Street Foundation
Where: Green Valley Ranch Golf Club
When: Friday, May 18, 2012
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $125/person; $500/foursome; lunch only $30
Beneficiary: Stout Street Foundation
Host(s): Brad Lucero III
Mistress of Ceremonies: Teri Smith, Development Director
Sponsors: Denver Bronco Alumni, CoBiz Financial, CoBiz Bank, Tetra Tech EC Inc., Fire Inspection, Centimark, Manheim, Nationwide Equipment, Allied Healthcare Services, Ogden Street South, North Star Digital, Food Bank of the Rockie, 1st Bank, Time to Change, City of Commerce City, Commerce City Business and Professional Association, ARC Thrift Stores
Quote of the evening: "Don't hesitate to contact Stout Street Foundation if you need help or you know someone who does. This is an exceptional program that integrates people back into society." Dr. Kenneth Wilson
Menu: Grilled burgers & chicken, home baked buns, fresh fruit, chips, homemade cookies
Attendance: Approxiately 150
Attire: Golf attire
Event Coordinator: Teri D. Smith, Development Director
Board of Directors: Chair: Dr. Kenneth G. Wilson; Vice-President: Robert Graf; Secretary: Dawn Sieh; Executive Director Thomas L. Knight; Dr. Adam Helie, Clyde Lay, Carol Wiltse, Dale Algrim; members-at-large: Judy Boyles, Joanne Lah
Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt
Chris Medina, left, Brad Lucero, Dustin McVicker and Jason Amos
Everyone agreed. It was a beautiful day for playing golf. It also happened to be the perfect excuse for anyone seen on the golf course Friday, May 18th. If the revelry at the tee boxes gave any indication, it was a big thumb’s up for 18 holes of golf under a glorious Colorado blue-sky. Many thank yous for those who set aside the day of work to support Denver’s Stout Street Foundation.
Local businesses and friends annually turn out to support The Stout Street Foundation’s golf tournament each May. The sporty crowd of golf lovers, business owners, and local sports celebrities, such as former Broncos Haven Moses and Mike Harden, get into the moment as they tee off at the very green, indeed, Green Valley Ranch Golf Country Club. Starting with registration at 8:00 a.m., the event’s goal was to raise money for the organization as well as remembering its original mission, “People Helping People Help Themselves.”
Thirty-five years ago, Bradley R. Lucero, Jr., found himself at the feet of Denver’s Father Tom Dowd fighting demons he couldn’t beat. He needed help. Father Dowd recommended a therapeutic community in California called Delancy Street. It was during his rehabilitation that Lucero embraced the program and returned to Denver in 1975, knowing he would give back to others who needed help. With nothing more than conviction and strength, he established the Stout Street Foundation, which has grown into a 168 room refurbished hotel in Commerce City, now known as the largest therapeutic community in Colorado.
The foundation also provides an outpatient clinic, the Choosing Life Center, which offers a variety of effective treatment programs. The foundation’s Serenity Program is a 28-day intensive residential treatment facility, available for the public as well as the court-appointed community.
The Stout Street Foundation is a family. A good number of the counselors are graduates of the program. While they have fun on the golf course, the programs and workings of SSF are serious business, which means sticking to the original goal to return addicts to society as responsible working citizens. Without asking, guests and supporters spoke warmly of their involvement with SSF. Either through a family member or simply being a Stout Street graduate, all who were involved in the event saw each day as a blessing to be alive and sober.
Despite the somber journey to sobriety so many take, it was all smiles when Jeff Schildgen actually made a hole-in-one on hole #5. Thanks to CoBiz Financial for its generous donation to the winner. FYI: that was not Schildgen’s first hole-in-one!
Around 2:30 p.m. the golf carts started rolling in to the covered pavilion where hamburgers were grilling and scores of foursomes compared shots and holes. Along with a real Hole In One at this tournament, Susan Horton won the prize for the longest drive by a woman. She also won the prized raffle ticket for a Taylor Made Rocket driver.
Besides the cast of directors from Stout Street: the counselors, residences, friends and celebrities, Dr. Kenneth Wilson, creator of therapy programs at the foundation, came in from Florida to be a part of the 6th Annual Stout Street Benefit Golf Tournament.
If you know any one who would benefit from the Stout Street Foundation, please call 303-321-2533, or join them once a month at a fundraiser dinner, $10 per person. You can help in a big way with a small donation.