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December 19, 2004 - 2004 Beaus Lay a Bright Path for the Future

What: Jack and Jill of America 21st Annual Beautillion

Where: Adam's Mark

When: December 19, 2004

Time: 5 p.m.

Beneficiary: Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Master of Ceremonies: Councilman Michael B. Hancock and Charles S. Johnson

Honoree(s): 35 outstanding young African-American men selected from Denver area high schools.

Corporate Chairperson(s): Vanessa Jamison

Co-Chair(s): Angela Davis-Robertson and Sarie Patterson

Co-President(s): Rosemarie Allen

Invocation: Rev. William T. Golson Jr.

Welcome: Angela Davis-Robertson, 2004 Beautillion Chairperson

Of note: A special memorial plaque was presented to the family of Mr. Richard Biggs, the 2003 Master of Ceremony.

Sponsors: Adams Mark Hotel, Coors Brewing Company, Pat Hamill - Oakwood Homes, J.A. Walker Construction, CH2M Hill, Carol LeBoo, Forest City Stapleton, Denver Broncos, FirstBank, Qwest, Rayben - Raytheon, Links, Inc. - Denver Chapter, East High School, Kamlet Sheperd and Reichert LLP, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. South Suburban Chapter, Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.

Quote of the evening: "The Future Forecast Looks Great!" - Angela Davis-Robertson on the future of the community with the 2004 Beaus as strong leaders.

Attendance: 1,500

Attire: Formal

Blacktie Photos by: Sara Buol

 Dancing the night away
Dancing the night away

Sara Buol

Sunday, December 19, approximately 1,500 people joined in honoring a group of distinguished young men from Denver area high schools at the 21st Annual Beautillion, presented by Jack and Jill of America. This year’s event, held at, and sponsored by the Adam’s Mark Hotel downtown, recognized the outstanding achievements of 35 African-American young men. Each spring a group of special students are selected by high school counselors, after which a committee conducts interviews, this year choosing from over 200 nominations, and finally select a group of young men who maintain high standards of well-being, academic excellence, character, service and leadership qualities. Before honoring this year’s select group, Angela Davis-Robertson, 2004 Beautillion Chair, thanked parents for allowing Jack and Jill the opportunity to share knowledge with their sons, and saluted the many in attendance for raising a group of such strong young men, saying “The Future Forecast Looks Great!” It was evident from the program that she was right. The 35 Beaus who were honored at the 2004 Beautillion each claim unique, inspirational stories of leadership, community service, and a desire to reach their goals. Several Beaus from past years were in attendance Sunday, including third year medical student Jonathan Johnson. Davis-Robertson applauded him for continuing to work hard toward achieving his goals. Prior to the evening’s awards presentation, a special presentation was made in memory of Richard Biggs, the 2003 Beautillion Master of Ceremony. Biggs, an actor who is known for his roles on the dramas “Days of Our Lives,” “Guiding Light,” and “Strong Medicine” recently passed away unexpectedly. His son, RJ Biggs the III, accepted a plaque in honor of his late father. Continuing the inspirational program, Jack and Jill of America Denver Chapter President Rosemaire Allen congratulated the Beaus for their achievements and encouraged them to never stop moving forward. “You must make it your duty to live your life as one to be emulated, revered and respected. A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,” said Allen. “Just as others are pulling for you, you must make it your duty to pull and to support those behind you.” Corporate Chair Vanessa Jamison thanked the many sponsors who helped make the event possible, and representatives from local businesses, including Bronze sponsors Adams Mark Hotel – Denver, Coors Brewing Company, Pat Hamill – Oakwood Homes, J.A. Walker Construction and CH2M Hill were called forward to accept plaques and a special salute from the 35 Beaus. During the ceremony, each honoree led his escort across stage, where he was greeted by his parents and presented a Kenta Cloth, a symbol of African-American heritage. The ceremony was one of true elegance, Beaus clad in tuxedos and top hats, and escorts in white ball gowns and satin gloves. As each Beau stepped forward, the audience listened to the many accomplishments for which he was selected, as well as the honorees future aspirations. In recognition for completing the program, each young man also received a plaque, a palm-pilot, watch, and other small gifts that were purchased through corporate sponsorships. Over the months leading up to the Beautillion, the 35 high school seniors engaged in workshops that are designed to develop them intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. Beau Charles Gilford, a senior at Grandview High School in Centennial, said the best part of the experience for him was to be surrounded by other young men from the African-American community, who have goals, are well-educated, intelligent and want to bring others up. “The program brings together African-American youth. It is exciting to part of an experience that teaches the positive aspects of our culture,” said Gilford. “It makes you feel in good company and makes you want to bring others up academically and socially.” Before the evening was over, the Beaus shared a special treat with friends, family all those in attendance -- a choreographed dance with their escorts, followed by a stylish and upbeat dance to “Let’s Get it Started” by the Black eyed Peas, which obviously took hours of practice to perfect. It was clear from the huge grins on their faces that the men had been waiting for the traditional dance all evening. They didn’t disappoint. Last, but not least, the Beaus escorted their mothers onto the floor for an emotional dance and a thank you for their love and support. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a national organization of African-American families, which was founded in 1938, and today has over 40,000 members. The organization has a commitment to the education of children, with an image of pride in African-American culture. Each year, chapter programming activities are guided under a national theme in adherence to fulfillment of the organization’s goals. Individual chapters embrace a plan of action geared toward a united commitment to address and help alleviate disturbing community problems that affect children. The Denver Beautillion traditionally draws one of the largest crowds of all the nation-wide chapters.

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