contribute towards the success of the communities that surround them. SWIG’s principals take great pride in knowing that they have helped many organizations pursuit in making our community a better place for the countless people that those organizations assist.
Together SWIG and its principals have generously donated in excess of $500,000 to numerous charitable organizations. In addition to widely recognized charities, SWIG also has taken a role in contributing to smaller, less known, causes that do not have the resources to gain large-scale donations.
Some of the notable recipients of our gifts include theBridgeway Home for Pregnant Teenagers, Craig Hospital PUSH For the Cure, the Colorado State University Foundation, The University of Nebraska Foundation, Cerebral Palsy of Colorado and J.K. Mullen High School.
DENVER, CO – September 2008 – Mark D. Campbell, President, Southwestern Investment Advisors, Inc. showed his generous community support through a donation of equipment to support Denver Academy’s girl’s lacrosse education. “We are proud to have the opportunity to help kids in our community that struggle with every day learning and development challenges,” states Mark Campbell. Denver Academy is a non-profit organization that takes no federal or state money. All of its students, 451 in total, have learning differences. They are able to provide a variety of educational and extra-curricular activities because of generous donations. “The fact that Southwestern has chosen to make this unsolicited donation makes it even better. Many are experiencing financial struggles right now. We are always looking to develop philanthropic relationships with generous organizations that are devoted to helping Denver Academy in our mission to provide services to students with learning differences. Southwestern has made that situation easier with this generous donation. It is a great improvement on our limited existing lacrosse equipment.” Says Mike Best, Director of Summer Programs, Denver Academy.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE , CO – June 2008 – Southwestern Investment Advisors has become a Gold Sponsor of the Honor Flight Network, an organization that allows US veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices made for our country. It is the intention of Honor Flight to honor as many of the selfless veterans as possible by providing them a free trip to visit the memorials that recognize their service. In September of 2008, Honor Flight will send two full charter airplanes filled with 213 World War II veterans and 1 Korean War veteran along with 75 guardians, medical staff and other volunteers who personally escort the veterans on the aircraft and accompany them throughout the trip. The enthusiastic responses and that rate that this trip has filled up, Honor Flight is currently planning a subsequent trip in April, 2009, for which 55 veterans have already enrolled. Southwestern recognizes the contributions that these people have made and is proud to assist in this endeavor to show support for our troops.
COMMERCE CITY, CO – October 2006 – Southwestern Investment Advisors, Inc. has played a large role in the positive growth and development of booming Commerce City, Colorado. Now they lend a hand to the students of Adams City High School through financial support of Kid’s First, a grass roots initiative developed by the students themselves. Most residents of Commerce City know all too well of the poor condition of the building that houses the local high school. Until now, taxpayers, were not willing to foot the bill to build a new facility. With a financial donation of $3000, students took the matter into their own hands to improve the school. They campaigned, distributed information, posted yard signs and fought hard to change the minds of the tax paying public. And they did. Locals came out in support of 3B. Southwestern Investment Advisors, Inc. understands the importance of helping all aspects of the community prosper.
A 1977 grad of CSU’s College of Business, Mark Campbell has been an active, long-time supporter of many of the university’s academic programs. Among other things, he’s a member of The Ram Club, which raises money for scholarships. But when it comes to sports, explains Mike LaPlante, CSU’s assistant athletic director for development, “it is kind of an arms race” with other Division I programs to keep athletic facilities continuously updated. “To be competitive, you have to have the latest and greatest.” So Mark’s recent commitment of $100,000 to help upgrade CSU’s weight room and video technology “makes it possible for our program to keep pace with the other top teams in the conference,” head football coach Sonny Lubick says. Strength and conditioning, he adds, “can make a huge difference during the season.”
Mullen is one of Colorado’s best parochial schools, and “Mark has been very, very generous” in making it that way, says Karen Bye, the high school’s development director. His donations have helped extend its academic programs, its activities, its financial students aid and its building fund. When it came to establishing a girls’ lacrosse team, “Mark was helping us line the field before games.” When it came to building a new library, he was critical “in helping us complete the campus. If we need anything, Mark is there.” He has given so much, in fact, that “he could have naming rights to anything he wants” on the campus, Bye adds. But claiming credit does not seem to be important to him. “He won’t even have his name on a plaque unless it’s on there with a bunch of other names. He gives very generously, but he gives very quietly.”
LONGMONT, CO – Daily Times – Southwestern Investment Advisors, LLC. donated $25,000 to Cerebral Palsy of Colorado’s Inaugural Straight Shot Sporting Clay Event which takes oplace September 24, 2006 at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club. The event is a benefit for 60 year old CP of Colorado.
DENVER, CO – The Rocky Mountain News – Cerebral Palsy of Colorado received a $25,000 gift from Southwestern Investment Advisors, LLC.
DENVER, CO – June 20, 2006 – Mr. Mark D. Campbell, President, Southwestern Investment, Inc. showed what community support is about today when he handed a check to Judy Ham, President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy of Colorado (CP of CO) in the amount of $25,000. The funds are for the presenting sponsorship of CP of CO’s Inaugural Straight Shot Sporting Clay, Sunday, September 24, 2006, at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club. The event is a benefit for 60 year old CP of Colorado with eighty-nine cents of every dollar going directly into programs and services. “We are proud to have the opportunity to support a non-profit with such an important mission as CP of Colorado and to be able to contribute to their life-changing mission,” states Mark Campbell. The Inaugural Straight Shot Sporting Clay presented by Southwestern Investments, Inc. will be abuzz with an anticipated 250 to 300 shooters. The biggest of its kind in Colorado! The Straight Shot Sporting Clay Event is similar in format to a golf tournament. A team of four shooters will work their way through one of the country’s finest sporting clay courses, stopping at each of the 20 shooting stations. The stations complete with automated target throwers, allow maximum flexibility in target presentations and simulation of the most realistic targets possible. Shooters will reach each of the sporting clays stations, by foot or golf cart, on a winding path through the course. Ham states, “This event is sure to be one of Denver’s most unique and successful fund-raisers. The generous support of community leader Southwestern Investment Advisors and other sponsors ensure that CP’s critical work will continue.”
CP of Colorado provides early care and education, employment and family support services for Coloradoans with a wide variety of abilities. They range from physical, mental health, and neurological challenges to “at risk” individuals and those with other life barriers. Last year, CP of Colorado served nearly 14,000 individuals and families 762 Children, birth to five years old, received early childhood care, education, intervention and family support. 1,367 Youth and adults with disabilities or other barriers to employment received job training, placement and retention services. In addition, 11,784 Children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families received support services in the form of parent support groups, health care forums and access to resources throughout the state. For more information, please visit www.cpco.org or call 303-691-9339.
In 1996, a terrific restaurant called The Denver Chop House moved into what had been an abandoned warehouse in a transitional urban neighborhood. In the process, it displaced a number of homeless people who had made the warehouse their rough, unheated shelter. “We displaced these folks,” recalls Angie Leach, now national program director for the Rock Bottom Foundation, “and the staff wanted to do something for them.” The result: free Christmas Dinner for homeless people. Then several prominent community members—including Southwestern’s Mark Campbell and some members of the Colorado Avalanche hockey team—“took the event under their wings,” Leach says. They made it into an annual Christmas Day respite for the homeless. Now called “Miracle on #19 Street” (the restaurant is on 19th Street, in the shadow of baseball’s Coors Field), the organizers not only provide warm meals but also distribute free coats, shoes and clothing for adults and children in need. Mark, she adds, “has been very generous in the past in helping us help these people.”
“Surrounding kids really makes a difference,” notes Carole Haas, executive director of this Colorado program to teach pregnant teens to become good parents and adults. They come to Bridgeway because they don’t have another place to stay—kicked out by their families or boyfriends—or without financial, medical and emotional support. Once there, they go back to school (“that’s not negotiable,” Haas says), get pre-natal care, learn important life skills about everything from nutrition to resume-writing and, perhaps most importantly, are “surrounded” with support and community. Some 470 teens have passed through the program since 1986. Haas laughs that she’s lately been getting invitations to their kids’ high school graduations. “I can’t say enough about Mark Campbell,” she adds. Referred by another volunteer as “a single father who does a lot for the community,” he joined the Home’s board in 1998. More than that, he now donates. He buys tables at events. He and his daughter help wrap gifts for residents. He supplies silent auction items. “He’s been wonderful,” Haas says. “I don’t want to embarrass him, but he’s wonderful.”