We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.

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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dave Cannada

When a group of local business leaders started a mentoring program for high school students at their alma mater, they created something special. As enthusiasm for the program grew, they decided to start a scholarship fund as well and turned to CFGJ for help in establishing the Dave Cannada Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund honors the life of Dave Cannada, a Murrah High School graduate and student body president who died of leukemia in 1970.

Established by Dave’s classmates in the Murrah Class of 1968, the fund underwrites scholarships to be awarded annually to Murrah High School seniors. The idea to create a scholarship fund grew out of the successful Dave Cannada Mentoring Program at Murrah, in place since 2010.

Local business leaders who are also Murrah alumni meet regularly with students to explore a wide range of career options. Past topics include government and public service, nursing, education, medicine, small business, insurance, law, accounting, advertising, real estate, dentistry, banking, and the military.