The Bollinger Foundation, Building for a brighter tomorrow.
This month, I had the pleasure of joining my peers in Las Vegas, NV for the IEDC Leadership Summit, where hundreds of economic development professionals engaged in topics relevant to the field. During the conference, I had the opportunity to speak to something more personal - the off chance that we may leave our families behind one day, without being able to provide them with the support they need.
This is exactly what happened to Steve Bollinger in 1984. He passed away suddenly, leaving behind his wife and four young children. As Assistant Secretary of HUD, Steve was a friend to many members of the economic development community, including IEDC's current President/CEO, Jeff Finkle.
This is how the Bollinger Foundation began. It now provides annual support to families who have lost a parent who worked in the fields of economic development, community development, and assisted housing. What began as a golf outing to provide Steve's family with financial support in the wake of his passing has grown into a national foundation. Thanks to generous donors, the Foundation has raised nearly $1 million since its inception in 1989, and has provided financial assistance to 232 families, helping with college education, counseling, and other support.
As the economic development members of the Bollinger Foundation's Board, Jeff Finkle, Ronnie Bryant, and I are looking for support with our two annual fundraising events.
The first is our annual golf tournament. The 2018 Bollinger Open will be held on June 8th at the St. Andrews Air Force Base Golf Course in Maryland. As in previous years, it's shaping up to be an outstanding event. Please consider becoming a tournament sponsor or registering to play. Visit the Bollinger Foundation website at http://www.bollingerfoundation.org/ to find additional information on the Bollinger Open.
The second event is the 4th annual Bollinger Bracket Challenge. Last year, thanks to generous sponsors, such as EMSI and Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, 70 paid bracket participants, and other donors, this event raised a significant sum that was directly able to help families in need. This event is now right around the corner, and the Camoin team is already working to get the Bracket Challenge in motion. Get a jump start on the competition and sign up here to participate. Remember, all entry fees benefit the Bollinger cause.
Even with these successful events, we are falling short. There is more need than our current fundraising efforts have been able to provide, and each year the Foundation is forced to reject applicants that have a real need.
With three college students of my own, it's heartening to know that there could be help for them in their time of need, should they be faced with tragedy. That's what this Foundation strives to do, and it would be there for your family, too.
Please consider participating in one of the Bollinger events or contributing independently this and every year to help support your peers, and friends, in need. Donating is easy - just go to http://www.bollingerfoundation.org/ and click "Donate Now."