The Denver Phoenix Club is proud to announce the beginning of it's new chapter in April 2006. The Phoenix Club is dedicated to fundraising and supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver.
The Phoenix Club raises money for the wonderful kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver through fun events including a Holiday Greeting Card Campaign, a 5K Race, and hosting cocktail parties and other social events.
Joining the club offers a myriad of benefits including meeting great friends, building business relationships with the city's movers, shakers and leaders, and attending events like cocktail parties, business lunches, and golf outings.
The Founder and First President of the Denver Phoenix Club is Marc Schatten. Marc started the Denver Chapter Phoenix Club after having been a member of the Memphis Club for six years. The Founding Board of Directors of the Denver Club are Greg Corasiniti, Ray Williams, Ryan Kirchoff, Greg Brauntz, Todd Maffeo and Jaye Budd.
The Phoenix Club has a rich history. The origin of the club goes back to September, 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, at a meeting of nine young men at the home of John (Buddy) Thomason. Fresh out of college or back from the Korean War, their purpose was to perform service to the community, and a suggestion to work with troubled youths filled the bill.
Shortly thereafter, John Thomason, learned of the activities of a club in California called the 20-30, primarily a young men's civic organization. They decided to become a local chapter, and received their charter in February, 1956. The eager 20-30 Club began its activities in the basement of Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis. At this time the club was operated on a basis similar to the Big Brother System -- working with troubled youths.
In the fall of 1958, the club decided to shift its focus to raising money for the Boys & Girls Club and changed the name of the club to the Phoenix Club. The Phoenix Club put its eggs in the Boys Club of America basket and set out to raise the necessary funds to establish the first Boys Club in Memphis, all the while continuing their work with boys in several areas. Young men were invited to join when they could meet two basic requirements: a sincere interest in furthering the goals of the club, and potential for future leadership in the community.
During the next two years, they promoted various projects, including a city-county basketball game, theater parties, and the sale of greeting cards. The treasury built up very slowly. In April 1962, the Phoenix Club opened the first Memphis Boys Club. A Board of Directors was recruited by the Phoenix Club comprised of outstanding, active citizens and given the responsibility of operating the club. The Phoenix Club pledged to raise $10,000 per year to help operate the new club. The principal source of operating funds was then secured from Shelby United Neighbors - predecessor of the United Way of Greater Memphis. The Phoenix Club continued its strong fundraising efforts. In 1973, the Phoenix Club raised over $32,000 for the Boys Club, provided funds for further improvements at Camp Phoenix and bought two new trucks.
The Phoenix Club today remains a strong provider of funding and personal services to the Boys & Girls Clubs. The annual Greeting Card Campaign, the Memphis Mardi Gras Party, the Send a Kid to Camp project, and other fund-raising efforts have continued to make significant strides. Over the past ten years, the annual cash contributions by the Phoenix to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis have ranged from $146,000 to $175,000. The Denver Phoenix Club has a goal of raising over $150,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver before 2011.
The Denver Phoenix Club is looking to carry on these great traditions and is looking for young professional men that want to fundraise and support the impactful work of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. We hope you will help us build an outstanding club in Denver. We look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming events.