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BHGH 20th Anniversary Celebration

Anniversary mftBoys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado celebrated its 20th Anniversary on March 20th by honoring several founders and long time supporters of the organization.  Kathy Walsh, with CBS Channel 4, welcomed the guests at the Curtis Ballroom at Comedy Works Landmark.  The Regis Jesuit High School Advanced Jazz Ensemble performed for the event.  Check out the video!

Over these 20 years BHGH, has provided over 175 residential scholarships to deserving children in the community.  The scholars have given back by doing over 15,000 hours of community service.  They have received more than 25,000 hours of tutoring and attended colleges like Creighton University, Regis University, University of Colorado – Denver and University of Denver.

Honored at the evening’s event were Fr. Paul Sheridan, S.J., the founding visionary of Boys Hope Girls Hope.  Fr. Sheridan’s proven model of success was brought to Colorado thanks to the substantial support of Don McFall.  Don’s generosity, expertise and contacts paved the way for Boys Hope to break ground and accept our original eight scholars.

During these early years, Fr. Ralph Houlihan, S.J., was able to provide scholarships and academic support as the “new” Regis Jesuit High School was being constructed in Aurora.  Also during this time Jon Stonbraker (Dill, Dill, Carr, Stonbraker and Hutchings) kept BHGH on the right side of the law, and continues to offer his legal services pro-bono.

Steve Tierney served as board chair, program committee chair, mentor to the scholars, and perhaps most importantly Steve is a tireless supporter for the scholars and the program.

Dr. Jo Swanson has been an invaluable resource by serving as program director, program committee chair, a mentor, school psychologist and candidate assessor.  Jo’s professional and personal commitment has assured that the BHGH scholars have the best possible emotional support.  Kent Swanson served as board chair, and his business expertise and generous spirit prepared the organization for the Girls Hope expansion.

RaNae Carpenter and her husband Chris have made Girls Hope possible by providing for the residential and scholarship needs of the girls.  Dr. Chris Carpenter is an orthodontist and provides care for the scholars.  From the beginning, our scholars have benefited from the extraordinary support of Regis Jesuit High School which continues to provide scholarships for quality college preparatory education for the scholars, instilling in them the all-important value of become persons for and with others.

20 years of providing home and educating children.  That is over 175,000 meals served, almost 2,000 exams, 23,000 hours of community service, and 17,000 loads of laundry. Congratulations Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado!