Thank You from Jaci Klein

Toby Candidora Memorial Scholarship Fund Recipient, Bellevue University

The Toby Kim Candilora Scholarship was a huge help to me as I completed my MPA. As a full-time working mom of 2 young children, going back to school was a huge commitment of time and money for our family. But it was all very well worth it!

Since graduating with my masters, I have taken on a new role as director of Foundation relations for the University of Nebraska Foundation. It is a job that I love – and one that I would not have considered before going back to school and really thinking about what I am passionate about.

In my role, I get the opportunity to work with many talented faculty and leaders across the university, to connect them with private foundations across our state and country. I also get the opportunity to work many generous donors.

Thank you for supporting students at Bellevue University – and please know the difference that your scholarship made for me and my family. I’m honored to have received the scholarship in Toby’s memory.

Sincerely,

Jaci Klein

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Thank You from Mattias Opitz

Toby Candilora Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Bellevue University

To the benefactors of the Toby Candilora Memorial Scholarship:

I am truly honored to have received this generous scholarship.  Having been a law enforcement official myself for almost 11 years, I know the demands, burdens and stresses it places on one’s body, family and life.  I feel that too often, we overlook and under appreciate the heroes that serve our nation at home.

Toby was able to complete an admirable academic path while selflessly serving his community, and the generosity provided by his memorial fund will allow me to follow in his footsteps by striving forth to earn a master’s degree myself.

I earned my associates in criminal justice, but I sought another path as an analyst for my undergrad and graduate degrees. Although I am just beginning my graduate level journey, I plan to begin a career within the federal government upon completion of my masters.  I have my eyes set on the FBI, but any agency that offers me a chance to help and protect others is a career I willingly accept.

My wife was also a law enforcement official for the better part of ten years.  Within that time, she deployed to Baghdad and responded to the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina. These experiences allowed her to find her true calling to be helping those that help others.  She is now a military clinical social worker who specializes in aiding first responders.

My wife and I cannot express our thanks enough for this generous opportunity. Toby’s watch may have ended on October 7, 2009, but he may continue to rest easy knowing I will do my utmost best to honor his memory.

Thank you for your service, Toby, we’ve got the watch from here.

Sincerely,

Mattias Opitz

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Toby Candilora Memorial Scholarship, Bellevue University

A police officer and a fireman walked into an online classroom in 2007, and a too-short time later, the Toby Candilora Memorial Scholarship at Bellevue University was born of the friendship they created there.

Toby Kim Candilora and Bill “Skip” Powers earned masters in public administration from Bellevue University. They became quick friends in the virtual learning world of Bellevue – sharing banter and rivalry that is commonplace among cops and fireman. What emerged, more than the academic acumen, was a friendship that was strong and fruitful. That friendship continued beyond their classroom days.

Bill was one of the first people Toby called to share of his ALS diagnosis.  Never one to shy from a challenge, Bill notes, Toby tackled his diagnosis and illness with unparalleled fervor. His efforts helped to educate others and advance research in finding a cure for this debilitating disease.

Stunned that a man so strong and so young could be stripped of the opportunities to use his talents as a community member, a father, and a friend – Bill struggled with how to honor his legacy.  He determined to start that work where their friendship had started. At Bellevue.

“My friendship with Toby was born in the classroom and we remain committed to mentoring others in our respective sectors to the value of education (lifelong learning),” notes Bill.  “It was clear – that the way I might purposefully honor my friends spirit and legacy, was through a scholarship in his honor.”

Bill began the Toby Candilora Memorial Scholarship, working with Dorothy Morrow in the advancement office at Bellevue University. Bill and an anonymous professor funded the scholarship starting in 2010, renewing their commitment each year.

Starting in 2015, with the formation of the 10-07 Fund, Toby’s family and friends have boosted Bill’s efforts with the intention of endowing the scholarship. To date, all 10-07 Charitable Fund contributions have been dedicated to building the Toby Candilora Memorial Scholarship endowment.

The scholarships received by those profiled below were funded by Bill Powers with the support of an anonymous public administration professor at Bellevue University.

Thank You from Mattias Opitz

Thank You from Jaci Klein

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The Future Looks Bright!

After the third 10-07 Fund 5k & BBQ, our future feels as bright as our new, neon T-Shirts!

Once again, you have filled us with energy and hope. Thank you to those who walked and ran, to our sponsors for their support, and most especially to our dedicated volunteer corps. We were particularly inspired to have so many Weber State Law Enforcement Academy cadets working side by side with the Ogden community to ensure a safe and uplifting event. It felt like our work is starting to come full circle.

Thanks to your generosity, this year, we expect to make great progress toward our goals. We’ll complete our endowment of the first ever scholarship for the Weber State Law Enforcement Academy. We are also close to endowing a scholarship to Bellevue University, Toby’s graduate school institution, originally started by his dear friend and classmate Bill Powers – more on that soon!

On a more personal note, it is so important to us that Toby’s daughters, Taylore and Samantha, are able to know and remember their father through you. Thank you for your stories. Thank you for showing them how a life lived for others spreads enduring love and connection. We feel very fortunate to be able to share you with them in this way.

With gratitude,

The Jones and Candilora Families

PS. Check out the great photos from Paul-parazzi!

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2017 Raffle Items

Do your Father’s Day shopping at the 10-07 Fund 5k and BBQ! Several sponsors made generous donations to our raffle, and many are just right and wrapped for Father’s Day!

Thank you Cafe Rio, Chick-Fil-A, Fiiz, Great Harvest Bread Company, Home Depot, Les Schwab, Lowe’s Maddox, Olive Garden, Santa Clays, Smith’s Food and Drug, Starbucks, Super Sonic Car Washes, and Tony’s Pizza!

Want to donate an item or a basket in support of law enforcement education? Contact Robyn!

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Thank You 2017 Sponsors!

Please thank and support the 10-07 Charitable Fund’s 2017 Sponsors, including:

 

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Walk with Us!

10-07 Charitable Fund Family Walk and BBQ

Date:  Saturday, June 10, 2017

Time:  9:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Location:  MTC Learning Park, 1750 Monroe Boulevard, Ogden, UT 84401 (MAP)

Registration

Walk or run along the scenic Ogden River Parkway to benefit the 10-07 Charitable Fund!  We will be celebrating the life and legacy of Toby Kim Candilora.  Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the BBQ and live music.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:00 AM – Check-In
  • 10:07 AM – Start Time
  • 1:30 PM – End Time
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