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​July 25, 2018

golfers raise $75,000 for Arrupe Jesuit High School 

Megan Herrera​CHFA

Mary BarrettArrupe Jesuit

Golf 2018(DENVER) – Colorado Housing and Finance Authority's (CHFA) annual David W. Herlinger Golf Tournament raised $75,000 for Arrupe Jesuit High School on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Arrupe Jesuit is a co-educational, college preparatory school serving economically disadvantaged students living in Denver's underserved neighborhoods. The average household income for an Arrupe Jesuit family of four is $36,000, and 77 percent of students quality for the national free or reduced-price lunch program.

"On behalf of Arrupe Jesuit High School, I want to again thank CHFA for selecting our school as the beneficiary of this year's extraordinary golf tournament. The proceeds of today's event allow Arrupe Jesuit to continue its proud tradition of service to those students and families in our community who have been traditionally underserved. This partnership helps to break the cycle of poverty through education and work," said President Michael O'Hagan.

At Arrupe Jesuit, the majority of student tuition is supported by philanthropy and the school's Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). For the past 13 years, CHFA has partnered with Arrupe Jesuit's CWSP by hiring students to intern at CHFA so they may gain professional experience while pursuing their education.

This is the 15th year CHFA has held a golf tournament with proceeds benefitting a local nonprofit whose work coincides with CHFA's mission of affordable housing and community development.

"Giving youth opportunities to succeed in their education and prepare for their future is instrumental to families and communities. CHFA is honored to partner with Arrupe Jesuit and to support their positive impact on students' lives," said Cris White, executive director and CEO of CHFA.

The 2018 tournament was held at The Fossil Trace Golf Course in Golden, Colorado. The event is named in memory of CHFA's former Executive Director David W. Herlinger, who passed away in 2012. It serves as a reminder of his passion for the game of golf, and for helping local nonprofit organizations whose work supports affordable housing in Colorado.

Past beneficiaries of CHFA's golf tournament include:

2017: Saint Francis Center;

2016: Volunteers of America Colorado Branch;

2015: Mercy Housing Colorado;

2014: Habitat for Humanity of Colorado;

2013: Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver;

2012: HomeAid Colorado;

2011: Rebuilding Together Metro Denver and Rebuilding Together Colorado Springs;

2010: The Gathering Place;

2009: Porter-Billups Leadership Academy;

2008: Warren Village;

2007: Urban Peak and Energy Outreach Colorado;

2006: Senior Housing Options;

2005: Food Bank of the Rockies; and

2004: Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.


Pictured above left to right: Kelly Thomas, Arrupe Jesuit philanthropy specialist; Kim Smith, Arrupe Jesuit director of philanthropy; Michael O'Hagan, Arrupe Jesuit president; Cris White, CHFA executive director and CEO; and Mary Barrett, Arrupe Jesuit philanthropy manager.

About CHFA
CHFA strengthens Colorado by investing in affordable housing and community development. Created in 1973, CHFA invests in loans to low- and moderate-income homebuyers through our network of participating lenders, and makes loans to affordable multifamily rental housing developers and small and medium sized businesses. CHFA also provides education and technical assistance about affordable housing and economic development. CHFA is a self-sustaining public enterprise. CHFA issued debt is not the obligation of the state. For more information about CHFA please visit, call its Denver office at 1.800.877.chfa (2432), or its Western Slope office at 1.800.877.8450.

About Arrupe Jesuit High School
Arrupe Jesuit High School is a co-educational, college preparatory school sponsored by the Jesuits of the USA Central and Southern Province. Arrupe Jesuit serves economically disadvantaged students from Denver's inner-city neighborhoods. By enhancing the human, intellectual, and spiritual capacities of its students through a rigorous, innovative, and affordable college preparatory education, Arrupe Jesuit offers hope for a brighter future to some of Denver's neediest youth. Arrupe Jesuit's goal is to empower graduates who will continue their education and return as leaders in their communities. Arrupe Jesuit is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCACASI) and is a member of both the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) and the Cristo Rey Network.