September 07, 2001 - Boys & Girls Clubs Celebrate Youth of the Year
What: Awards Dinner to Honor the 'Youth of the Year'
Where: Invesco Field at Mile High
When: September 7, 2001
Beneficiary: Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver
Mistress of Ceremonies: Beverly Martinez of WB2
Honoree(s): Jesse Arellano, Youth of the Year; Chris Rios, Jr. Youth of the Year; Lorenzo Casias, Eric Duran, Bernadette Torres and Jose Mondragon honored as Senior Honorees, Chris Montour, Monique Johnson, Ana Portillo, and Joshua Porras as Jr. Youth Honorees
Presenting Sponsor(s): WB2 Charities, Denver Broncos, Howell Construction, Oakwood Homes and Qwest Communications
Gala Chairperson(s): David Mandarich, Bonnie Sherr, Mike and Nancy Shaw
Executive Director: John P. Arigoni, President and CEO
Entertainment: The talented members of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver
Youth of the Year Honorees included (l-r, back) Monique Johnson, Chris Arellano, Bernadette Torres, Lorenzo Casias, front row Christopher Rios, Joshua Porras, Ana Portillo.
Over 800 people jammed the United Club level at the brand spanking new Invesco Field at Mile High. The silent and live auction items featured several very valuable items, including: a 5 day trip to London for 2, a 1967 Ford Mustan, 2 nights accommodations for 8 people in Vail, the ability to be krispy Kreme doughnut maker for a day, and a 1935 Ford Tudor-style coupe.
After the silent auction bidding, guests walked from the west concourse to the East Concourse to have a fabulous dinner prepared by Epicurean Catering. Of course, calling Invesco Field a football stadium is a disservice to this magnificent structure. Nonetheless, having a fine china dinner scant distance away from where the sweaty gladiators battle presented an incongrous setting.
The Mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is to help kids from high-risk neighbrohoods make the most of their lives. Judging by the honorees at this event, they are succeeding!
Jesse Arellano, 18 has met the President of the United State; and serves as a mentor, a volunteer, a leader and a top student. He served as student body presdient at his school, has lobbied in Washington D.C. and coached young athletes at his Club, and starred in West Side Story at his school. Jesse was selected as Youth of the Year for the entire state and received a $25,000 scholarship from the Stryker-Short Foundation. Jesse will attend Metro State College and study criminal law.
Chris Rios, 13 was recognized as the Jr. Youth of the Year. Chris has a very grown-up outlook on life and is active is his church and Club.