What’s Better Than Golfing on a Monday and Missing Work?

Playing golf on a Monday, taking the day off work, and spending time with friends could only be made better by two things: doing all the above with your boss’s approval and raising money for charity in the process. That’s what happened this week at i2’s 4th Annual Chipping In for Charities Golf Tournament held at The Club at Pradera. 

i2 President, Scott W. Farrell, enjoys the camaraderie the event promotes and says that the day is made all the better since it’s held for a good cause, “This is the kind of event that just makes you feel good about life in general. We had an incredible day raising money for a truly special cause, The Kempe Foundation, surrounded by friends, neighbors, and colleagues.” 

The tournament was held on the beautiful hillside of Parker on a perfectly sunny day. Other highlights of this year’s golf tournament included the option of golfing with the assistance of a professional long-drive golfer on the 16th hole, finding swag at sponsored holes, and playing for a chance to win a Jeep with a hole-in-one shot. After the tournament, a buffet lunch was held in the Pradera Clubhouse with the option to bid on numerous exceptional items, including a signed Payton Manning Super Bowl football, a trip to Belize, a stay at the Stanley Hotel, and custom artwork from a local artist.  

Each year, i2 chooses a charity nominated by one of its employees. This year’s recipient, The Kempe Foundation, supports children and families affected by child abuse, neglect, and trauma. i2 Superintendent, Birgit Daniels, nominated Kempe after chairing fundraising efforts for one of its organizations. Birgit was thrilled to learn her chosen charity was selected, “By no means are my efforts as valiant as those of my i2 family. To have the opportunity to make a substantial difference is so amazing, though.”  

The donation Kempe receives will further the organization’s mission to prevent childhood trauma, provide support for the professionals and programs housed within the Kempe Center, and advance and fund legislation that will improve care systems for children and families throughout Colorado. Jeremy Stearn, Chief Mission Officer of The Kempe Foundation, is more than grateful that Kempe is this year’s beneficiary, “This past year has proven that our society can persevere when faced with extremely difficult situations. However, it also exposed us to the vulnerability of our children caused by the global pandemic, either due to a lack of social interaction or the disruption of their daily norms. Thus, receiving a very generous contribution from i2 Construction from the golf tournament proceeds comes to us at the perfect time. We invest in the people and programs that build better futures for children.” 

i2 will formally present the donation to The Kempe Foundation in October. The total amount raised by this year’s tournament has not been tallied yet, but the Chipping In for Charities Golf Tournament has raised more than $108,000 for three worthwhile charities.