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Glenwood Academy gets financial boost

Dan Sullivan (back row left) executive vice president Cambridge Investment Research Iowpresented Bryan Warner (back row right) director residential services

Dan Sullivan (back row, left), executive vice president of Cambridge Investment Research, of Iowa, presented Bryan Warner (back row, right), the director of residential services of Glenwood Academy, with a check for $50,536. | Supplied photo

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Updated: September 16, 2014 6:21AM



A Glenwood-based organization that aims to help at-risk youth recently received more than $50,000 toward its cause.

A national investment firm holding its annual convention last week in Chicago was looking for a local charity to support, and thanks in part to a suggestion from a Frankfort financial group, Glenwood Academy received $50,536.

David Duncan, a financial manager at Provider Group Wealth Advisors in Frankfort, also serves on the board of Glenwood Academy. Each year, his firm’s broker/dealer, Cambridge Investments, adopts a charity for its fundraising efforts at its national conference. This year, it was in Chicago, so Duncan recommended Glenwood Academy.

Glenwood Academy, 500 W. 187th St., was co-founded in 1887 by Robert Todd Lincoln. It educates 140 students on its campus, most from low-income and single-parent households.

“We provide a safe haven for at-risk youth, and a nurturing environment, and off-the-streets environment,” academy spokeswoman Michelle Wysoglad said.

The academy has 14 cottages, providing on-campus living with 10 to 12 students per cottage, with a set of house parents, she said.

“The money is going to help update the furnishings within those cottages,” Wysoglad said.

Cambridge Investments is an Iowa company that raised the funds through a 5K run, silent auction and personal requests for donations, Duncan said. The academy is privately funded, raising just under $3 million per year through individuals, corporations and foundations.

Duncan said the academy provides not only education, but life skills to help students not only improve their grades but to excel. The mentoring relationships often turn into lifelong friendships, he said.

“Some of these youths that I’ve worked with have very much developed in that area (of self-esteem),” Duncan said. “They are very proud of what they achieve.”

Duncan gave an example of a student who learned how to manage challenging situations calmly. The student had a problem with a car repair shop and was able to maintain a “relaxed, steady manner,” ultimately getting a positive result.

These types of daily management and situational skills are critical to the academy students, Duncan said.

The Provider Group’s founder, Greg Zibricky, said community activity such as Duncan taking a role is essential.

It is critical that “our passions are actually used outside of our work,” he said.

Zibricky also is a board member of the Lincoln-Way Area Special Recreation Foundation.



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