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November 12, 2004 - Colorado Celebrates 17th Annual National Philanthropy Day

Where: Renaissance Denver Hotel

When: November 12, 2004

Beneficiary: Metro Volunteers!

Host(s): National Philanthropy Day Committee

Honoree(s): Denver Newspaper Agency/Post-News Community, Odell Brewing Company, First Data Western Union Foundation, Linda Shoemaker, Rotary Club of Southeast Denver, Stan Kamprath, Larry Wolk, MD, Charlie Forster, Nicolas Owens, Washington Elementary Project L.E.A.D. Service Learning Group

EMCEE: John Ferrugia of Denver's 7

Committee Members: Chair: Cheryl Bezio-Gorham; DeAnn Acosta, Jeanne Bistranin, Nancy Brown, Mary Ann Davis, Gina Ferrari, Steve Graham, Jackie Hibbard, Gail Lehrmann, Maureen McDonald, Lynette Murphy, Jackie Norris, Marianne Piech, Pandora Reagan, Barbara Shaw, Cahrley Shimanski, Laurie Sirotkin, Kate Varden, Kirsten Vermulen, Gayle Walker

Sponsors: Association of Fundraising Professionals/Colorado Chapter, Colorado Association of Funders, Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Community Resource Center, Denver Metro Chamber Foundation, Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, Governor's Commission on Community Service, Metro Volunteers, The Two Percent Club; Contributors: Colorado Data Mail, David Baker Design, Denver Newspaper Agency/Post-News Community, Dependable Cleaners, Henry Wurst Inc., Johns Manville Corp., Kaiser Permanente, KMGH-TV Denver's 7, Qwest Communications, Robinson Dairy, Wells Fargo Bank, Xcel Energy Foundation

Attendance: 800

Attire: Business

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes-Crony

 John Ferrugia of Denver's 7, the emcee for the lunch, congratulated Nicolas Owens for
John Ferrugia of Denver's 7, the emcee for the lunch, congratulated Nicolas Owens for "Outstanding Youth." Nicolas was one of the ten honorees at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

Elizabeth Byrnes-Crony

On Friday, November 12th, eight hundred participants joined together at the Renaissance Denver Hotel to celebrate the 17 Annual National Philanthropy Day in Colorado.

National Philanthropy Day®, officially Nov. 15 every year, was first celebrated in 1986 to recognize the tremendous contributions that philanthropy, and those involved in the philanthropic process, have made to communities all over the world. This special day acknowledges the diverse spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit sector.

For almost 20 years, hundreds of communities across North America have come together to recognize the countless ways philanthropy has affected our world. NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has accomplished, as well as what there still is to do. This year, tens of thousands of people will show the world that the spirit of giving is alive and well, and stronger than ever.

In Colorado, the luncheon honored 10 outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to philanthropy and volunteerism. John Ferrugia of Denver's 7, the emcee for the lunch, spoke about each recipient before they took to the stage for their award.

Tracy Ulmer accepted the award on behalf of the Denver Newspaper Agency/Post-News Community, for Outstanding Large Business or Corporation.

Odell Brewing Company in Ft. Collins, was the recipient of the Outstanding Small Business or Corporation award and was accepted by Corkie Odell, co-owner with her brother Doug Odell and his wife Wynne Odell.

Luella Chavez D'Angelo, President of First Data Western Union Foundation, accepted the award for Outstanding Foundation, on behalf of the organization.

Honoree Linda Shoemaker, founder of the Brett Family Foundation, was awarded for Outstanding Philanthropist and Stan Kamprath was honored with the Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy award.

The Outstanding Service Organization award was presented to The Rotary Club of Southeast Denver and was accepted by Brian Anderson, President.

Charlie Forster of Glenwood Springs, was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award and Larry Wolk, MD, was awarded with the Outstanding Volunteer award.

The Outstanding Youth Group award was presented to the children of Washington Elementary Project L.E.A.D. Service Learning, from Canon City and Nicolas Owens was awarded with the Outstanding Youth honor. As Nicolas was presented his award, he told the crowded room, “The real award for all of us is making a difference in someone’s life.”

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