May 2, 2019

I was introduced to PBLA by Randy Holliday about 6 years ago. He invited me to the golf tournament, and I  knew it was also a fundraiser, so I was ready to contribute something for the opportunity to play golf at Cherry Creek (from an ethical standpoint, I believe that anyone who accepts an invitation to something that is clearly a fundraiser should be ready to pony up something)... Sounds simple, but more than anything else I was curious about the organization itself. I did some of the obligatory online research prior. Seemed interesting.  I had done volunteer work and donations in the past (including "face time" when I could), but I hadn't yet found a charity that seemed like it would become a mission or cause for me.

Well, what I saw at that first golf event looked intriguing, and it piqued my interest. Randy followed that first invitation with one to the annual dinner the following year. That cemented my interest. Sure, the celebrities and...

February 8, 2019

With basketball legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving as the keynote speaker, the Porter-Billups Leadership Academy raised $200,000 during its Jan. 26 gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, according to a news release. More than 400 guests attended the sold-out event that included live and silent auctions.

The nonprofit academy supports Denver youths who have leadership potential. Through a three-week summer program and year-round support, youth develop skills to combat peer pressure, become leaders among their peers, see education as a path to success and graduate from high school and college.

Elementary students are nominated by teachers, counselors and principals. Students who complete seven years of the academy and qualify academically are provided scholarships for tuition and fees to attend Regis University.

Academy Executive Director Lonnie Porter welcomed guests to the gala, and former NBA All-Star and Denver native Chauncey Billups, who joined the academy's mission...

June 7, 2018

Eighteen-year-old Malachi Haynes recently was asked to do something that would have most people ducking, diving and doing just about anything to get out of.

But Haynes, a recent graduate of George Washington High School, had been preparing for this moment his entire life. He stepped to the podium at the Denver Metro Boys & Girls Club Gala in front of more than 1,000 people and brought the house down with a speech that spoke to what can happen to a young man when those around him believe.

"My parents, they didn't take the chance of being unsupervised can bring," Haynes said. "Without all this support I wouldn't have these dreams."

Haynes, though, is pretty incredible in his own right. He was named the local, city and state youth of the year by the Boys & Girls Club of America, which comes with a $5,000 college scholarship and a chance to compete in the regional and national competitions. Haynes travels to Texas on Sunday to compete in the regional Boys & Girls c...

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