Local nonprofit receives $56,300 gift from Arizona-based company

Check presentation for the Girls Rule Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Check presentation for the Girls Rule Foundation. (Submitted photo)

The Second Annual Colony American Homes Golf Classic was held on May 1, in memory of Brynne Smith, a former employee who passed away in 2013. The Arizona-based rental property firm honors her legacy by hosting a golf tournament to raise money for a cause that she would cherish.

This year, the Girls Rule Foundation, a local 501(c)(3), was chosen as the recipient of a $56,300 donation.

The Girls Rule Foundation builds life-changing workshops and programs aimed to inspire, educate and empower young girls between the ages of 12 and 18. The purpose of these resources and educational programs is to provide the necessary tools and information to turn young girls’ dreams into realities, according to a press release.

“Brynne was an inspiring young woman who loved and accepted others as they were. This foundation encompasses almost everything Brynne stood for. We couldn’t have chosen a better foundation to keep Brynne’s memory alive,” stated Melissa Ferris, administrative manager at Colony American Homes, in the release.

The Golf Classic has already showed tremendous success and growth, doubling in both sponsors and raffle prizes from its inaugural year. Through the generosity of sponsors, countless donations and hard work by a small team of dedicated individuals, Colony American Homes is able to provide the Girls Rule Foundation with one of their largest donations to date, stated the release.

The $56,300 check will contribute to the national launch of dreamLAB, the foundation’s new inspirational, after school club for girls in middle and high school, according to the release.

Dena Patton, executive director and co-founder of the foundation, is committed to expanding the reach and impact of the Girls Rule Foundation through the opening of 1,000 dreamLABs across the country, stated the release.

In dreamLAB, young girls learn leadership skills and participate in service projects while gaining the encouragement and skills to further their dreams and futures.

“Being chosen as the charity for the 2015 Colony American Homes Golf Classic has been game changing to our organization. We are able to launch our national after-school program because of their financial support. We are so grateful for this opportunity and the impact it will have on over 12,000 girls to help them build bright futures,” stated Ms. Patton in the release.

Visit www.girlsrulefoundation.org to purchase the Leader Starter Kit for dreamLAB. It will equip any girl with the needed materials to start her own club in her school or neighborhood for up to 12 members, according to the release.

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