We are proud to share these testimonials from Golden community members.

The Word On Washington Ave

bestor~squareMike Bestor – Golden City Manager 1993 – 2015

“As Golden City Manager for two critical decades, I know first-hand how downtown Golden went from a dying small town to the thriving, prosperous, high-energy and fun place it is today. The Golden Civic Foundation joined with the CityRead On


pattridgesquareMark Pattridge – Co-Founder of New West Physicians

“When I look at Golden and see the many businesses and buildings that are present because of the work of the Golden Civic Foundation it makes me realize…Read On  

Paul Hammond – Executive Director Colorado Railroad Museum

The Golden Civic Foundation has provided annual support for a wide variety of important projects at the Colorado Railroad Museum, from…Read On


John T. Hildebrandt – Mountain Side Gear Rental Founder and Main Camper Guy

The Golden Civic Foundation stepped in and provided me the ability to grow Mountain Side Gear Rental based on the value and contribution of my business to the Golden community…Read On

Tim Phenna – Senior Pastor  – Calvary Curch, Golden

At Calvary Church, we have enjoyed a long history of partnering with the Golden Civic Foundation on projects that seek to preserve the unique character of our city and to promote community connections. Read On


Jerry Devitt – Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Golden Visitors and Information Center

“The Golden Civic Foundation has a continuous longstanding relationship with the Golden Visitors and Information Center spanning from the Center’s original construction, prior renovation…Read On

Hassan Najjar – Executive Director of Foothills Art Center, 2016 – Current;

At Foothills Art Center we value our longstanding relationship with the Golden Civic Foundation. Their support…Read On

Kids_Bike_RodeosquareHoward Bagdad – Golden Optimists

“The Golden Optimists have used the funds provided by the Golden Civic Foundation to purchase bicycle helmets. We give the helmets to children and adults along with…Read On


outdoorlabsquareShannon Hancock – Former Executive Director of The Outdoor Lab Foundation

“The Outdoor Lab Foundation is grateful for the support of the Golden Civic Foundation. Because of organizations like this…Read On



Bill Kilpatrick – Retired City of Golden Chief of Police

The Civic Foundation has been essential to providing so many resources for so many entities in our community. They are part of the heart and soul of Golden!”

amandafacesquareAmanda Hill – Owner/Director of Virtuosity Dance Centre

“I am forever grateful to the Golden Civic Foundation for taking a chance on me as I started Virtuosity Dance Centre here in Golden, CO. With their support, I was able to acutalize my dream of brining the performing arts to our community. Read On

amcsquareKeegan Young – Executive Director of Colorado Mountain Club

“The Golden Civic Foundation was instrumental in the purchase and renovation of the historic Golden High School which is now the American Mountaineering CenterRead On

dan-hartmansquareDan Hartman – Retired Director of Public Works (1988 – 2021)

“In 1991 the City of Golden approved a 1 cent sales tax increase by 11 votes. That money was first used to rebuild Washington Avenue, one of the catalyst for downtown resurgence. The Golden Civic Foundation was an critical part of that successful election.”

Bob & Jen Toohill – Owners of Bob’s Atomic Burgers

“The Golden Civic Foundation made buying our building a reality. Thank you GCF from Bob’s Atomic Burgers.  Businesses in Golden are fortunate to have an organization like the Golden Civic Foundation…Read On

John Bales – Retired Fire Chief for the City of Golden Fire Department

“For my 18 years as Fire Chief for the City of Golden, the Fire Department has established a true partnership with the Golden Civic Foundation. We have supported the annual Gala by offering the always popular “Spend a Day with the Firefighters” auction…Read On

Scott Bristol – Agent for State Farm Insurance

“The work of the Golden Civic Foundation is fantastic! The annual Gala and Auction has become the must attend event of the year, and the funds raised go to the best of Golden’s volunteers and non-profits. The Grant Award Luncheon has become my favorite...Read On