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Annual golf tournament raises record amount for City Year San Antonio
By Stephanie Ockenfels on May 7, 2014
UPDATE May 20, 2014: The final tally is in! This year’s United Way golf tournament raised over $120,000 for City Year San Antonio! CPS Energy thanks all of the tournament sponsors and donors for another record-breaking event!
By sixth grade, students most at risk of dropping out of high school can be identified by three warning signs: poor attendance, unsatisfactory behavior and course failure in math or English.
City Year, an AmeriCorps program, is a national service organization which pairs young adult volunteers, ages 17 to 24, from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds with at risk students to help them stay in school and succeed.
CPS Energy and IBEW Local 500 chose the local chapter, City Year San Antonio, as this year’s recipient for the proceeds from the 16th annual CPS Energy IBEW Local 500 United Way Golf Tournament, which took place on May 1.
Although the final total is still being calculated, there is evidence the tournament broke all previous golf tournament fundraising records, raising more than $100,000.
Every year, a significant number of students in San Antonio drop out of high school. The consequences are real: students who drop out are 8 times more likely to become incarcerated and three times more likely to be unemployed.
City Year San Antonio volunteers, easily identifiable in their trademark red jackets, work one on one with students, monitoring their attendance and engagement, offering emotional support, act as role models and work closely with teachers to identify learning gaps and help differentiate instruction for students who need it most through one-on-one tutoring.
They also create after school programs that help students succeed in math and English to stay on track and graduate with their peers.
“City Year San Antonio is fueled by some of the most mature, passionate young people I’ve ever met,” said Lori Johnson Leal, CPS Energy’s director of corporate responsibility. “They truly have a servant’s heart and the talent to make a difference in our community.”
Paul Garro, City Year San Antonio’s executive director, expressed appreciation for the long-standing partnership between CPS Energy and City Year San Antonio, which is focused, he said, “on building a strong ethic of service in the community, supporting school districts’ efforts to turn around lowest-achieving schools and ensuring that our youth are prepared for a meaningful career.”
“Each dollar invested in City Year is highly leveraged and matched 2:1,” he continued. “As City Year scales its impact and continues to partner with extraordinary corporate citizens like CPS Energy, the long term return on investment will see our economy continue to thrive, our workforce meet the demands of a fast growth city and our community build stronger bonds.”
The annual golf tournament, held at the J.W. Marriott resort, unites CPS Energy employees, IBEW Local 500 members and volunteers for a day of fun and fellowship. This year, 280 players and more than 40 volunteers supported the tournament through corporate sponsorships, time and hard work.
Last year’s tournament raised more than $80,000 for Respite Care, a local agency providing services to enhance the stability and the nurturing opportunities for families caring for a child with a developmental disability.
“CPS Energy employees are so generous with their time,” said Leal. “I’m proud of the good works our employees do, day in/day out in their jobs and on their personal time.”
The CPS Energy IBEW Local 500 United Way Tournament kicks off CPS Energy’s United Way season. CPS Energy is a United Way of Bexar County pacesetter company and will begin our 2014 employee campaign in September.