VOTE: Highline Grad Nominated For GQ’s “Better Men Better World” Contest

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Highline High School graduate Ken Frantz (1967), Founder of “Bridges to Prosperity,” a charity that teaches and builds bridges for the rural poor all over the world, has been selected as a finalist in GQ Magazine’s “Better Men Better World” search.

If Ken wins, “Bridges to Prosperity” will receive $40,000 to further their mission work. As of 1pm on Tuesday, Sept. 28th, Ken was already ahead in the voting with 35%, with the closest other candidate at 27%.

So we’re encouraging all BTB Readers to help this B-Town do-gooder – just click on the link below to vote for him:

  • Click on the “Vote” button below Ken Frantz’ photo.
  • IMPORTANT: After voting, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please note that your vote is NOT counted until you click on the link in that e-mail. If you have not received the confirmation e-mail within 30 seconds of voting, it is likely in your spam file. You must find that e-mail and click on the confirmation line to be counted.
  • The voting ends this Thursday. Sept. 30th at 2pm Pacific Time.
  • Vote early, vote often!

Here’s info about Ken from his charity’s website:

Ken Frantz is the founder of Bridges to Prosperity. Ken has been in the construction & development industry for over 30 years, most of which was directing the activities of his own firm. He has received national and state commendations for construction and scheduling excellence, and was on the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors. Ken has volunteered thousands of hours for over 20 charitable organizations, ranging from the Friendship Force to Rotary International, and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Hampton Roads Academy. Ken received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and his Masters from Golden Gate University. He lives with his two boys, daughter, and wife in Yorktown, Virginia. Ken has donated substantial financial resources, and volunteers full-time to Bridges to Prosperity activities.

To find out more about “Bridges to Prosperity’s” mission, click here:

Here’s part of an email forwarded on to us from Ken:

I attended Highline High School (as well as Seahurst Middle and Burien Elementary) with all five of my brothers. We graduated in ’65,’66, ’67, ’69, and ’70. The teachers at Highline were so relieved when the last of us graduated! Our favorite teachers were Sarver, Putnam, McKinney, and so many others. All of us went on to highly successful professional careers and large families……….now 44 kids/grandkids and still growing! That I am the one now being honored is not important. What is important is that I am a Pirate “through and through”……….for we won the Northern PSL football championship the year I graduated. It does not get any better than that!

Also, if Ken wins, he has made this promise to the Highline School District:

If…I win, I will agree to fly to Seattle and give a leadership speech to your students at anytime you wish. What better way to teach your students that anything is possible when they pursue their passion with all their being/energy/leadership.

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2 Responses to “VOTE: Highline Grad Nominated For GQ’s “Better Men Better World” Contest”
  1. Steve Gilbert says:

    He got my vote. Impressive guy – glad to support him.

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    • Bruce Denton says:

      This is a big deal for our community, our country, and Bridges to Prosperity. Pretty neat when a Burien favorite son Highline alum makes an impact like Ken has done and will continue to do. I voted for him with every email address I have and am encouraging everyone I know to do so as well.

      Bruce Denton
      Highline H.S. class of 67

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