The importance of fundraising has only grown for Boulder County’s “I Have a Dream” Foundation (IHAD) as it rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the organization’s annual golf tournament fundraising event was canceled and last year, it was held only in an abbreviated fashion. “There is certainly quite a bit of funding that we could not secure in the last few years because we couldn’t connect with the community in that kind of intimate, inspiring way,” said development director Danielle Staunton.

But on Aug. 29, Niwot’s Lake Valley Golf Club will host the event’s 19th running, and Staunton hopes that IHAD can reap the full benefits once again.

All of the profits go directly towards IHAD and its mission of empowering children from underserved communities, particularly through the means of educational and career support. Staunton added that the 32-year-old Boulder County program believes in a “holistic approach” that works to foster positive identities.

“The idea is to break the cycle of poverty in those communities,” Staunton said. “The money that we raise really goes towards supporting all of the resources and training that is needed for our staff to be able to provide academic, social and emotional support.”

Staunton said the goal is for 128 people (or 32 foursomes) to sign up for either the 18-hole co-ed tournament or a 9-hole ladies run. As of Thursday, 54 total individuals have signed up. John Ricotta, IHAD’s board chair and the chair of its golf committee, said that while registration numbers are on pace, “there’s definitely room for more.”

Another critical element of the event for IHAD is the chance to not only raise awareness for their mission, but to create long-term connections with altruistic individuals.

“This is an entry point for people who like to golf and who are philanthropic and who are somehow connected to people that are either donors or participants or stakeholders of some kind,” Staunton said. “We have the opportunity to cultivate a relationship with them.”

Ricotta shared a similar sentiment.

“The golf tournament is an important event for us to continue to connect with new and prospective people in the community, to get our mission out in front of as many people as we can and then to raise funds that are nonrestricted to go towards operating,” Ricotta said. “Those operating funds are always the hardest to come by for nonprofits, but it’s one of the most important funds we get.”

IHAD also returns another crucial fundraising event on Sept. 29 with its 23rd annual Dream-Maker Luncheon, which had been canceled the past two years. The Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield will host.

For the golf tournament, registration information and prices can be found at ihavedreamfoundationgolftournament.golfgenius.com.

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Jack Carlough
2022-07-31 20:00:02
Boulder Daily Camera
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