2017 Bridging Hope’s Art & Vietnamese Cultural Fundraiser Event, Scene 07

Oct. 7, 2017 – Scene-07

It’s a moving moment when Bridging Hope offered tribute to Pat McGuan. A dedicated board member, Pat generously contributed his talent and energy in building Bridging Hope’s mission.

Below is a citation wrote and read by John, a long time friend of Pat, Maggie, Andrew and Emily.

In Memory of Pat McGuan
Bridging Hope Treasurer (1964 – 2017)

Pat came to know Bridging Hope because of his wife Maggie’s long friendship with Sr. Sen. Soon enough he volunteered to join Bridging Hope’s Board as Treasurer. But his service extended far beyond just keeping the books. Many of us here remember Pat’s short graying-red hair and easy smile as he moved around the lobby organizing and supporting the young volunteers before and after each year’s fundraiser. His cheerful and calm competence on those evenings exemplified not only his long service to Bridging Hope, but the cheerful, calm, and competent presence he brought to all the aspects of his life – especially in his family, at work, in virtually everything he did.

Bridging Hope is, as its name says, not just about raising money for the needy. It is about relationships or bridges between so many – in the US and Viet Nam, in diverse communities here in Denver, among so many friends and families – relationships that nourish hope in difficult and often dark times.

Pat was himself one of those bridges for many of us, with his thoughtful care, his quick smile, his constant generosity. To be in his presence, even briefly, was to feel the warmth of hope.

Many of us who have worked with Bridging Hope have stories about Pat’s generosity. So we celebrate his life tonight, remembering those stories, and sharing them as evening grows.

And a toast to honor Pat afterward.



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