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June 03, 2013 - DU’s Bridge Project on par to continue serving under-served youth

What: A golf tournament to benefit the University of Denver's Bridge Project; helping kids in public housing communities graduate high school and get into college or learn a skilled trade

Where: Cherry Creek Country Club

When: Monday, June 3, 2013

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Beneficiary: The Bridge Project

Gala Chairperson(s): Rich & Sandy Laws

Executive Director: Molly Calhoun

Staff: Miranda Cook, Lynne Wilky, Lisa Mueller, Jeff Jenson, Debbie Main, Ryan Deringer, Federico Rangel, Laura Kelch, Megan Miccio, Sergio Colmenero, Margaret Briggs, Betty Santistevan, Merrit Smith, Jeannette Alvarez, Kate Arnold, Phuong Phan, M.V. Vu, Erin Howard, Daniela Young, Nora Herrera, Chris Kerecman

Catering: Cherry Creek Country Club

Sponsors: Berkeley Homes, Merrill Lynch, Central Street Capital, Colorado Custom Cabinets, Vectra Bank, Atlas Metal Iron, McDonald Auto Group, Holland & Hart, AVEOCAPITAL, Bank of the West, Gary & Leslie Howard, Accelerated Services, IntelliSource, Rich and Terri Slivka, HomeAid, Alec and Sherry Wynne, Robyn and Jim Donahue, Saunders Construction, Colorado State Bank & Trust, Heritage Title, Saunders Construction, IPW, Moen, Land Title, Kai Yeung, US Bank, Colorado Business Bank

Quote of the evening: "Growing minds. Creating possibilities."

Menu: Barbeque brisket, shrimp, burgers, salads, coleslaw, lemonade, cookies & more

Attendance: 150+

Attire: Golf or casual attire

Special Thanks: University of Denver, Denver Housing Authority

Information: www.du.edu/bridgeproject

Board of Directors: Alec Wynne, chairman of the board, Jeff Andrews, Geri Bader Saltzman, Stanton Dodge, Robyn Donahue, Peter Harnisch, Marie Herzog, Barry Hirschfeld, Jr., Leslie Howard, Matt Iwata, Charles Jordy, Jr., Rhonda Knop, Lynn Korus, Rich Laws, Nick McGrath, Brian Midtbo, Shelley Montgomery, David Rontal, Terri Slivka, Megan Walsh, James Herbert Williams, PhD, Kai Yeung

Blacktie Photos by: Kimberly Johnson


 From left, Scott Forsyth, Bridge Project Chairman of the Board Alec Wynne, Ryan Haith and Chuck Mastin
From left, Scott Forsyth, Bridge Project Chairman of the Board Alec Wynne, Ryan Haith and Chuck Mastin

The Third Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Bridge Project was a swinging success. Through the efforts of community participants, board members, staff and sponsors, the Bridge Project is on par in raising about $100,000 to support kids in Denver’s public housing system and help them get into college or learn a skilled trade.

The Bridge Project sprouted from the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work and DU Chancellor Dan Ritchie’s vision of a university “dedicated to serving the public good.”  The Bridge Project gives the children of families living in Denver’s public housing communities a chance to change the daunting statistic that up to 90% of them never graduate high school. Typically families that the Bridge Project helps have an annual income of just $10,000, so the help from the organization can really change lives in a big way and create possibilities that never existed before. More than 600 kids use the centers after school every day in Denver. 

Everyone is welcome at the Bridge, which focuses on improving kid’s academic skills in order to prepare them for college or teach them a trade to line up a successful career. The Bridge Project also helps secure scholarships so that resources are within reach for college-bound Bridge kids. And, the Bridge Project also has a summer program to help kids stay on track academically and have somewhere to go during the time off from the regular school year. Statistics have proven that the academic programs at the Bridge really make a difference; over 90% of Bridge members graduate from high school. 

Resources to support the Bridge are provided by donors and the community, making the golf tournament a special way for supporters to give back to the cause and have a great time doing it. This year’s golf tournament was the most well-attended in its history and completely sold out with 340 foursomes and about 115 golfers in total participating. 

Event Chairs Rich and Sandy Laws, of Berkeley Homes, sponsored breakfast and lunch at the Cherry Creek Country Club.  Executive Director Molly Calhoun said they had done “an amazing job” organizing the event and getting golfers to come out and play for a good cause.  The event also featured fantastic door prizes including a free pair of Oakley sunglasses for every golfer and more prizes for winners of the tournament. 

Susie Roh, one of The Bridge’s newest board members, was one of the competing golfers and may have had a bit of a leg up having participated in the LPGA in past years. She was also one of the day’s winners, announced at the end of the tournament and one of the few elite female players. 

The Bridge Project seeks to help kids between the ages of 3-18 to “achieve their academic potential in school and graduate from high school.” The program also helps their kids who do graduate high school to “have the resources to earn a college or associate degree, gain occupational training, or succeed in employment.” The Bridge Project truly bridges the gaps in socio-economic status and helps children at a personal level to be successful adults. This valuable program will continue to be able to serve the children it cares about most through the generosity and support of the community and events like this. 

For more information: http://www.du.edu/bridgeproject

 

 

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