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2017 Open Letter to Our Sponsors and Supporters

Lee ToppsGMES Mission Statement 

We are an organization of professional men committed to positively impacting the lives of boys and young men to achieve and sustain professional excellence through group mentoring and leadership development programs known as Pathways To Excellence Arizona (PTE). 

We promote the development of successful young men by empowering them with the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to foster academic success; establishing a support network; supporting the goal of academic progression and graduation; and improving personal achievement by influencing leadership through enhanced unity and commitment to the collective betterment of community. We accomplish our mission in multiple ways: One, through a blended partnership with outstanding organizations who have programs in place that meet the key tenants of our mission; Two, with an active, “hands-on” group approach utilizing the multi-talented and highly accomplished members of the corporation. 

Your past support of GMES and our fund raising golf tournament has positivelyimpacted the lives of over 500 boys and young men who have participated in GMES supported programsover the years.  Thank you for your continued support of this mission.

We have just completed our review of funding request for 2018 and are proud to share that with your support we have committed over $50,000 to organizations and programs that support and advance the mission focus of GMES.  The following organizations are recipients of funding grants for the 2018year. 

Omega Youth Leadership Academy (OYLA)

OYLA is an organization thatprimarily focuseson the development of young males 5th–12thgrades.   OYLA is a comprehensive community based youth development program designed to effectively empower and educate males of color to realize their academic and personal potential. Programming involves a measurable out of school academic enrichment curriculum that takes place through bi-monthly culturally competent interactive seminars and workshops including youth designed community service-learning projects. OYLA also conducts a college campus tour annually to provide program participant an opportunity to interact with faculty, students and experience campus life. 

Kappa LeagueGuide Right Program

Programs designed to aid young men of high school age to grow and develop their leadership talents in every phase of life; home, school, community and career.“Guide Right”specific areas of  focus include fostering curiosity and comprehension in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); assistingKappa League participants with resources and tools for academic excellence; teaching responsibilities of manhood and fostering appreciation of history, culture and community engagement.

African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU)

The mission of AAMASU is to engage in early outreach initiatives to prepare African American males for university entrance, retention and graduation.  This is accomplished through peer support, cultural awareness programs and increased exposure of students to educational and professional relationships outside of the university to enhance the collegiate experience.


A leadership development and mentoring program targeting young men.  Programparticipants meet monthly for interactive sessionsfocused on skill building, problem solving,conflict managementand socialskills.  Participants also engage in cultural awareness activities and civic improvement projects in the local communities.  

In addition to these organizational funding grants, GMES continues to sponsor the “Honors College Speakers Series” program at Grand Canyon University and the “Arizona Living History Program”.  Both these programs include funding and the administration and active participation of GMES/Boule members, all of whom are successful business and professional leaders.  

We sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to having you join us for our 2018fund raising golf tournament.  Please save the date of Saturday, May 19, 2018, for our fundraising golf outing at Grayhawk Golf Club. 

Lee Topps

Fund Raising Chairman