The Good Stuff, Volume 39

The Good Stuff, Volume 39

Welcome to “The Good Stuff”, where we highlight positive news and ways that employees of NAED-member companies go above and beyond to give back to their communities! If you have some “Good Stuff” that you would like to share with tED magazine, find out how below.

In this issue, we’re featuring Blazer Electric Supply Company.

Blazer Electric Supply Company, Colorado Springs, CO., held its 10th Annual Blazer Benefit Golf Tournament at Bear Dance Golf Club in Larkspur, Colorado on July 28, 2022. 

A total of $35,000 was raised to support the local training initiatives of the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) and the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). A total of $244,250 has now been raised to support scholarships, tools, training materials and equipment.

Both apprenticeship programs equip prospective students with the skills and knowledge necessary to have a successful career in the electrical construction trade. The goal of the local IEC program is to recruit and prepare a skilled labor force to meet the needs of Colorado electrical contractors. The program provides training and certification to candidates of all technical and non-technical vocations, regardless of affiliation to an apprenticeship program or other training program. As a result, IEC candidates become union electricians or journeymen who can provide valuable professional services to Colorado electrical contractors.

Last year, donations and fundraisers from the benefit were able to help provide scholarships for more than 30 Southern Colorado Students to finish out the 2020/2021 school year.

Left to right: Dan Kraus – Pueblo JATC, Francis Vigil – Colorado Springs JATC, Steve Blazer, Dale Weis – IEC Southern Colorado

Blazer Electric Supply President Steve Blazer said, “We truly feel a part of the community here in Colorado Springs and support organizations that help our industry grow. We also appreciate the opportunity to help these students while working to make our industry better.” 

Individuals and companies are invited to sponsor holes, players can also donate money for advantages on the course such as purchasing mulligans or a shooting with a golf ball gun! The money raised contributes to the tuition funds that assists students in gaining entry into the career of electrical work.

Mr. Blazer continued, “As the only southern Colorado independently owned electrical supply company, we want to help provide the training, tools, and support the next generation needs to complete the journey from apprenticeship to career. Our goal is to bridge the gap between apprenticeship and employment. This is also our way of giving back to our community and providing people the opportunity to make a career. We want to thank our local contractors and vendor sponsors for helping us raise the money to benefit the apprenticeship and training programs in Colorado. For some apprentices, the fundraising from the Blazer tournament is critical to successfully completing their training program and being hired by a local company.” 

The tournament was won by the foursome of (left to right) Mark Flanagan – Picoma, Peter Talluto – Hubbell Raco, Gregg Ewing – Hubbell Raco, and Cory Curtis – Blazer Electric. (Also pictured Steve Blazer) 

The title sponsor was Electrical Lines. Other major sponsors were Casey Bergquist, Eaton, The Ryall Group, Southwire, and The Lighting Agency.

For more information about the southern Colorado IEC, visit: https://www.iecscc.org/.  For more information about the southern Colorado JATC, visit: http://csejatc.org/.


Find more “Good Stuff” articles here on tEDmag.com.

tED wants to know about your “Good Stuff”.  If you work with someone who is helping other people, or a group of co-workers that’s creating better outcomes, we want to know about it.

Please send your “Good Stuff” to Editorial & Web Assistant, Marie Jakle at mjakle@naed.org and Online Editor, Nicky Herron at nherron@naed.org. Send us details, names, and photos if you have them.

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