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April 09, 2005 - Future Givers Ball Benefits Project PAVE

What: 5th Annual Future Givers Ball

Where: Cable Center, University of Denver

When: April 9, 2005

Time: 6:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $30

Beneficiary: Project PAVE

Gala Chairperson(s): Katie McKenney

Founders: Danny Bell

Co-Chair(s): Caitlyn Bell, Lauren Miller

Committee Members: Ian Bell, Sarah Boucher, MacKenzie Brenneman, Caroline Caccia, Biz Card, Hayley Campbell, Will Cudahy, Halley Everall, Melanie Gade, Kate Gaffigan, Katie Griffith, Rachel Gruskin, Shannon Hill, Timmy Hoffman, Sarah Holst, Danielle Kachulis, Kara Lorenzen, Ty Magness, Ellese McKenney, Jennifer Moore, Kelly Parker, Molly Parker, Sean Perlmutter, Liz Poladsky, Robby Pride, Jakie Pusey, Tory Rebhun, Josh Reichert, Collin Schmidt, Stephanie Sigman, Kjael Skaalerud, Carley Smith, Caroline Taylor, Zach Tedeschi, Alex Vinton, Michael Winter, Allison Wold, Chelsey Wyatt, Sarah Wyman, Danny Zaterman

Catering: Footers Catering

Music: Pyramix

Attendance: 300


Steering Committee: Parent Advisory Board: Deborah McKenney, Carolyn Ball, Mindy Miller

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 Project PAVE's Jim Bernuth with event chair Katie McKenney (left), Caitlyn Bell and Lauren Miller
Project PAVE's Jim Bernuth with event chair Katie McKenney (left), Caitlyn Bell and Lauren Miller

Janet Woods

Most high school students are focused on friends, prom, college entrance exams and sports. But for a group of high school students in the Denver metro area, helping others is also on their minds. 300 students representing schools like Kent Denver, Cherry Creek High School, and Denver Academy, showed up at the Cable Center at the University of Denver for the 5th annual Future Giver’s Ball. Started 5 years ago by Danny Bell, a Kent Denver student, the Future Giver’s Ball offers high school students the opportunity to organize a charitable function and give back to their community. The Ball, held just for high schools students, benefits Project PAVE, a non-profit organization that provides general prevention education, sexual harassment prevention training, and teen dating violence awareness training. Remove the Mask, Stop the Violence was the theme for this year’s Ball and symbolized the mask an abused person hides behind to disguise the shame of being abused. With only a few words of wisdom from a parent advisory committee, the teens pull off the entire event by themselves. From creating the theme and designing the invitations, selling tickets, getting sponsors, decorating the venue, collection cash and chairing committees, the young philanthropists put on a spectacular event and raise awareness about an organization that helps kids who aren’t as fortunate as they are. For their work with Project PAVE, the Future Giver’s Ball group has been nominated for the Outstanding Youth Group for National Philanthropy Day, an award that is presented to an independent youth group that demonstrates outstanding commitment to the promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism through their work in the community. Project PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence Through Education) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to end the cycle of relationship violence. Relationship violence is emotional, sexual or physical violence experienced within a family or interpersonal relationship. PAVE’s goal is to stop the generational cycle of violence by teaching youth positive social skills and counseling children and youth who have experienced such violence.

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