So, What Sparked One Spark Denver?
We all could use a little help from time to time. This is our true story and what inspired OUR spark.
Troy Bergman, the founder of One Spark Denver, was raised in the small farming community of Rantoul, in Central Illinois. It was here that Troy went to school and worked and would one day suffer a terrible car accident. The accident left him unable to work and ultimately result in his becoming an amputee. Although Troy had always felt fortunate to live in such a friendly and generous community, he never fully realized how friendly and generous this blue-collar community was until it rallied behind him in his time of need. Family, friends, and even strangers who had little to give donated whatever they could which enabled Troy to pay his bills and keep his home while he recovered from his injuries. Troy was unbelievably touched by the idea that these individuals, groups, and companies from his community would come together on his behalf.
Troy accepted the $12,000 his hometown had raised and set forth with a new determination to do everything he could to get back to work and be productive. He has since gotten married and built a successful construction business. He has two sweet dogs, and still loves to play golf. Troy has neither forgotten nor taken for granted the efforts and generosity of the people who helped and supported him back in 1997. It is that experience that inspires him to seek new ways to help and support others to get back on their feet.
Following the example of The One Spark Foundation in Kansas, Troy founded One Spark Denver to continue the mission to pay it forward.
The proceeds donated and raised at the annual Denver Bender Golf Tournament will go to the One Spark Denver recipients nominated by local community members, (nominate a recipient).
It only takes One Spark to start a fire.