Magic Johnson is a regular guy, friendly, approachable and friend of Jewish Family Service. Johnson was the featured speaker at the May 7 Jewish Family Service Executive Luncheon.
The basketball whiz is now proud to tell fans, “I want to be out raising money in the community like I am today,” instead of running for public office as one guest asked during a Q and A.
He’s known now also as a financial success, considered a successful businessman.
Nearly 1,000 JFS supporters showed up at the luncheon that seems to grow its own fans as the guest list keeps exceeding its previous year’s popularity. It’s also grown in financial commitment as donors gave $64,000 alone just at the luncheon itself. Talk about raising money, Magic is well named.
Another star performer at the luncheon was Christy Morris, a JFS supporter until she started struggling with alcohol abuse, job losses and hunger that forced her to become a JFS client, getting help to take her life back and proudly telling the audience that she’s now back to being a donor once again.
“I’m on the path to success and it feels good,” she said.
Major JFS donors included several family foundations as well as individuals Brent and Julie Morse, Elaine and Max Appel, Sam and Stephanie Zaitz, Jonathan and Erin Marsico and forever loyal to JFS, Joyce Zeff.
Alan, Peggy and Braden Mayer. Photos courtesy of Jewish Family Service
Denver Academy gala raises $290,000+
Denver Academy families and members of the greater-Denver community gathered April 25 to support the Denver Academy Scholarship Fund at the 2015 Gala held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom in the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex.
Against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, this year’s theme, Mission Possible: Transformation and Triumph, reminded everyone of the formidable obstacles diverse learners face in their academic and career paths. From those with dyslexia to others with ADHD, Denver Academy empowers and supports students to find the way they learn best.
Event chair Deb Woodward and her daughter Jessica Woodward spent the evening chatting with guests and supporters of the school, including Donald Seawell, Gayle and Steve Mooney, Tim O’Connor, President of the J.K. Mullen Foundation, and his wife Sallie O’ Connor. Guests also enjoyed entertainment from the alumni band 1892.
More than 30 percent of Denver Academy students are recipients of need-based financial aid. All proceeds from the gala – more than $290,000 – benefit the Denver Academy Scholarship Fund.
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12th Annual Hammersmith Golf Classic
Hammersmith Management’s signature philanthropic event of the year, the 12th Annual Hammersmith Golf Classic, is June 12, at Arrowhead Golf Course in Littleton. All proceeds from the day will benefit the Denver Scholarship Foundation.
The schedule includes fun on the course as board members will participate in games, win prizes, and visit with vendors.
Following the tournament, there’s lunch, an awards ceremony and a silent auction containing sports memorabilia, trips and restaurant gift cards.
DSF inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools’ students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.
SaddleUp! Bentley Denver Charity Polo
The inaugural SaddleUp! Bentley Denver Charity Polo Series begins June 5, an event fostering polo and philanthropy. This is slated to be an elegant charity polo event, providing integrated equine therapy, activities, and educational programs for individuals with special needs as well as their families and caregivers. It is a 2015 season opener and will be held at the Denver Polo Club. General Admission tickets and VIP Tailgate Cabanas good for two ticket holders are on sale now. Contact them at DivotStomp@bentleydenverpolo.com or call 303-730-7340.
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