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Safe2Tell Reception Celebrates Success of GH Phipps Construction Companies' Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Greenwood Village, Colo., — January 29, 2010 — GH Phipps Construction Companies third annual Charity Golf Classic benefiting Safe2Tell was a success despite a down economy, thanks to generous sponsors and 144 golfers. GH Phipps presented a check for $11,000 to Special Agent Susan Payne, Executive Director of Safe2Tell, during a reception at GH Phipps’ Colorado Springs office.
Safe2Tell provides young people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous. Safe2Tell is a statewide program that is available 24 hours a day for students and adults to report a potential threat to their safety or the safety of others. One benefit of empowering students to help create their own safe school environment is increased academic performance.
Hosts for the reception were GH Phipps' Charlie Graft, Chief Executive and Michael Hajek, Business Development. The event was attended by Amy Stephens, Colorado State Representative House District 20; Major Hal Butts, Colorado State Patrol; Ken Moore, Division Commander, El Paso County Sheriff's Department; David, Csintyan, President and CEO, The Chamber Colorado Springs; Stephen Kirkam, Athletic Director, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Mark Hatchell, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, Academy School District 20; Lisa Cintron, Sergeant, Colorado Springs Police Department; and Ken Hilte Director, Public Safety, Pikes Peak Community College.
“Safe2tell is an incredible program that has allowed young people to have a voice on what is going on in our schools and communities," said Charlie Graft, CEO of GH Phipps. "Empowerment without the fear of retaliation is making a difference, and by doing so we are investing in our future.”
From September 2004 to December 2009, over 7,000 calls have been received resulting in 2,050 Tip Reports from 148 Colorado cities and 56 counties.