How Rivers of Hope Supports Victims of Domestic Violence


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Daniel Reardon is co-CEO and trustee of Otto Bremer Trust, the charitable branch of Bremer Financial Corporation. Daniel Reardon’s responsibilities include managing investments and overseeing the role of Otto Bremer Trust as a grantmaking entity. In March of 2016, the trust awarded 138 grants totaling $8.4 million, $64,000 of which went to Rivers of Hope.

Based in Monticello, Minnesota, Rivers of Hope was founded in 1989 by a group of citizens concerned about the prevalence of domestic abuse in their neighborhoods. Today, the education and advocacy group offers a wide range of services for those who have been victimized by domestic violence, including general and legal advice, support groups, and referrals for help with food and clothing as well as safe and secure housing. It also maintains a comprehensive youth program and an intervention program focused on criminal justice.

Beyond these programs, Rivers of Hope operates a 24-hour free and confidential crisis line. It also offers online support through both Twitter and Facebook. Individuals and businesses can contribute to the nonprofit in a variety of ways, including through safe house sponsorship and holding advocacy-based events.


The Early Origins of Golf

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Daniel Reardon has been involved with Otto Bremer Trust for over 20 years. As co-CEO and trustee for Otto Bremer Trust, he is responsible for ensuring compliance to the trust instrument and the law, while also overseeing investments made by the trust. Daniel Reardon enjoys playing golf when he has time away from work.

The history of golf stretches further back than many realize. During the reign of the Roman Empire, sportsmen played a similar game that involved using tree branches to strike a ball, usually filled with feathers, along a surface. In China during the Song Dynasty, which lasted between 960 and 1279, an early version of the game was also played, though again it did not have the structure that defines golf as we know it now.

The modern version of golf took form in Scotland in the mid-15th century. Despite being outlawed soon after by King James II, apparently because it was distracting too many people from their military training, it emerged as a popular pastime throughout Britain a couple of centuries later. This led to the first British Open taking place in 1860, which contributed to the sport’s growing popularity and established one of the most prestigious events on the pro golf calendar.