Locals and out-of-towners hit the links “Fore” the love of golf and the Bartko Foundation at Quicksilver Golf Club on Friday, August 19, 2016.  The fundraiser, chaired by Jason and Nathan Bossers, had foursomes ‘swinging’ into action to assist single mothers in our communities.

“This event has raised over $750,000 to support the Bartko Foundation’s efforts to help single minority mothers achieve self-sufficiency,” said event chair Nathan Bossers.

The Bartko Foundation, a legacy to Irene and Ted Bartko, was established in 2003 by the couple’s three surviving daughters and their families as a way to honor their parents’ commitment and focus on giving back to the local community.  The Bartko Family knew that, in Pittsburgh, four out of ten families headed by unmarried women, particularly those with preschool children, are far more likely to be poor because of the difficulty of working or finishing school while raising a small child; so they focused the work of the foundation to this area.

With a commitment to not duplicate services that other community agencies are providing, the Bartko Foundation has partnered with more than one hundred social service agencies to help these women in the areas they believe will have the most profound impact on their lives, and the lives of their children – employment, housing, transportation and education.  These women, already invested in bettering their lives, often need additional help that the agency they are currently working with cannot provide through their funding.  That is where the Barkto Foundation grants come in to play.

The combined efforts between both agencies can really create impactful change and the Bartko Foundation has certainly created a lot of it.  In ten years, the Bartko Foundation has assisted more than 334 single mothers and 731 children by distributing over $1,150,000 in self-sufficiency grants.   That is countless moms who have funds to go back to school, been able to afford a house in a safe neighborhood, find a job to build self-esteem and skills, or have help getting from work or school and then to child care and home again .

The Bartko Family realizes they are blessed to have so many individuals support them in their mission.

“Participants at this year’s tournament will come from 13 different states,” said Nathan.  “The Bartko Foundation thanks its many sponsors for their generous support, and for helping us to assist so many single mothers and their children.”

Guests of the event enjoyed eighteen holes on the beautiful greens of Quicksilver, a delicious lunch and dinner, and plenty of prize winning opportunities during the event.  Nathan was quick to site some of the fun for attendees. “Participants at this year’s tournament had the opportunity to win 25,000 in cash, a Cabo vacation, a day with the Steelers at their practice facilities, a new set of golf clubs, autographed memorabilia and much, much more.”

Highlights of the evening program included the presentation of the Theodore J. Bartko Award (TJB Award) honoring  Vince DeLuzio for over ten years of faithful and generous support of the Foundation.  “Every time we’ve asked for his help, he has responded!” said Bartko Board President, Melanie Gefert. “You could not have a better representative of the TJB Award than Vince. We are so proud to have him, and his wife, Rita, as part of the Bartko Foundation Family,”

“Having grown up in a single parent home headed by a mother of modest means, I am keenly aware of the difficult everyday  circumstances faced by the grant recipients of the Bartko Foundation,” sais Vince.  “ I am most grateful for the efforts of the Foundation for the practical and basic life assistance provided to these important , yet often ignored families of our society.  While most of the awareness focuses on the mothers, the real beneficiaries are the children who hold such promise for our community. I urge you to join me in supporting this positive force in our community.”

For more information on how you can join Vince in supporting the Bartko Foundation,visit their website at http://www.bartkofoundation.com/.  Consider joining Bartko at their next event on Wednesday, October 26 at the Lemont for their annual Bingo Bash.

“I love the Bartko Bingo Bash because it gives us and our supporters an opportunity to have a lot fun without a whole lot of work,” said Nedra Perkins.  “The dress is casual, dinner is provided, the game is easy, our volunteers can play along, and everyone loves to shout “BINGO.”