The Michael Ray Lee Foundation was established to carry on Michael’s unfulfilled dreams. The Foundation’s Mission is to “Give Back” by utilizing the game of golf to positively impact lives through charitable giving with an emphasis on scholarships and junior golf. Michael’s legacy lives on!
Mike’s Foundation would like to share with you some of the great accomplishments we had in our inaugural year. Of course, none of this would have happened without a close group of dedicated and passionate folks to help honor Michael. It is truly amazing the amount of people that Mike touched in his short 28 years of life.
With your support, we raised just shy of $187,000 in donations and sponsorships in 2021.
Money Gifted in 2021
$8,000 to the Colorado School of Mines Golf Team, specifically going to the captain of the squad. 2021’s recipient was Jake Welch. Jake is a Junior for the Oredigger’s, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. His hometown is Highlands Ranch and he graduated from Valor Christian.
2020-21: Jake played in all seven events as a sophomore, averaging 74.45. His top finish was T7 at the Mile High Shootout. He had two other top-20 finishes, tying for 16th place at both the Samuel Proal Invite and the Saint Martin’s Invitational. Jake tied for 36th place at the RMAC Championships.
High School: Jake was a four-year letter winner in golf and wrestling at Valor Christian. He was a three-time first-team all-league golfer, placing sixth at the Colorado state championships as a junior. In 2018, he was the Colorado 5A Central Region individual champion. Jake helped Valor Christian to a fifth-place state finish as a senior in fall 2018. He was also a standout wrestler who was a Colorado state runner-up in 2019, third-place finisher in 2018, and Jeffco MVP. He was a Valor Cum Laude Society member and a member of National Honor Society.
$2,000 to Greeley Central High School Golf Team led by Coach Brockman and Coach Rohnke. After talking with the coaches, we have found they are severely underfunded. The Michael Ray Lee Foundation was able to help Central with new uniforms for the team and some instruction from Nick Umholtz, a former Central standout and state champion. Michael and Nick were teammates for 3 years.
$2,000 to Northridge High School Golf Team, led by Coach Carranza. Again, another Greeley High School golf team that is underfunded. Northridge has not had new uniforms in ten years and the squad was at a disadvantage as they did not have range finders. The Michael Ray Lee Foundation was able to step in and provide the team with those items. The Grizzlies’ Trey Andrews finished the season tied for 6th place at this year’s State Golf Championship.
We are excited to kick off our 2022 fundraising season with a goal of $100,000. Save the date for June 6th at the Greeley Country Club where we are looking forward to another successful tournament. With that being said, here is where we are looking to gift this year:
$8,000 to the Colorado School of Mines golf Captain. Also, the Colorado School of Mines is honoring Michael this year as they will be inducting him into their Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall. Mines will also be naming their new golf room, “The Michael Lee Golf Room” and the captain’s locker is named for Mike.
The Foundation plans to give two $2,500 Scholarships this spring to deserving college bound athletes from northern Colorado, through the Michael Ray Lee Integrity Scholarship. This scholarship will be based on high academics, leadership and integrity.
$5,000 to the 2022 Colorado Junior America’s Cup Team. Funds will be used to help fund various needs of the team with equipment and uniforms. Michael played on the 2009 team and was proud to represent Colorado.
Michael’s foundation will also provide $6,000-$8,000 to local high school’s underfunded golf programs so they can become more competitive. This will be in the form of uniforms, equipment and lessons.