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June 11, 2005 - Concerts for Kids supports the Children of Colorado

What: 2nd Annual Concert for Kids

Where: Universal Lending Pavilion /Pepsi Center

When: June 11, 2005

Time: 7:30PM Concert begins

Beneficiary: Make-A-Wish Foundation, Denver Public Schools Foundation, Children's Hospital Foundation

Host(s): Concerts for Kids

Mistress of Ceremonies: Molly Hughes, CBS4

Presenting Sponsor(s): Teletech

Founders: Walter and Christie Isenberg

Entertainment: Chris Isaak and Lionel Richie

Sponsors: TeleTech, Frontier Airlines, CBS4, Chuch Morris/Bill Graham Presetns, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, and Sage Hospitality

Auctioneer: Auction & Event Solutions, Inc.

Attendance: Sold-out!

Attire: Casual with umbrellas and raingear!

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt

 Magic moment: Chris Isaak stands with Lionel Richie and his son
Magic moment: Chris Isaak stands with Lionel Richie and his son

The sold-out crowd was in awe as the sun set over the peaks of the Universal Lending Pavilion, after the drenching rainstorm passed over. Denver truly got to witness something great as two of the most recognized and honored performers in the world came together to support Colorado's Children. Teletech presented this spectacular event, the 2nd Annual Concert for Kids, which featured Chris Isaak and Lionel Richie on Saturday, June 11th.

A small amount of drizzle didn't dampen anyone's delight over Chris Isaak's appearance on stage. Even volunteers who wiped down the chairs for the crowd were glad to just be part of this enchanting evening.

Chris Isaak has been continuously active on the music scene since first breaking through in the 1980s. He scored multiple successes on the charts with “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing,” “Diddley Daddy,” “Heart-Shaped World”, “Wicked Game” and many more. Chris Isaak certainly warmed things up as soon as he came out in his hot pink suit.

The weather even seemed to warm up, and Denver showed it's versatility to the two stars by displaying a beautiful rainbow over the tents. Chris Isaak showed his versatility on stage as well, and he and his band played songs from other artists and original music as well. The crowd loved that Chris was playing just for them intermixed with the favorites.

The crowd pleasing did not stop there; however, during intermission the audience got to munch on free ice cream from Robinson Dairy, while Chris auctioned off an autographed guitar. His offer to serenade the winner drove the donation up to $10,000! He made good on his promise too, singing to the lucky winner, Phoebe, in front of all the onlookers. Just following this was another show of generosity on behalf of Colorado’s children. Walter Isenberg, the Concert Chair, thanked the crowd, and was presented with a check for $100,000 by Teletech’s Ken Tuchman. Even Colorado’s car manufacturers contributed. Glauser Mercedes Benz donated an SUV, which was given away in a sweepstakes drawing by none other than Denise Plante of KOSI 101 and Molly Hughes of CBS4.

These donors in the local community weren’t the only ones to make a difference in the lives of Colorado’s children, however. Both Chris Isaak and Lionel Richie demonstrated their love for helping children not just at the concert, but before it as well. They spent the afternoon at the Children's Hospital talking to and singing for Denver's kids. Just before the concert, they met even more kids, who are connected with all of the organizations that the Concerts for Kids benefited. Kids from Denver Public Schools were joined with those from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Children's Hospital. All got to meet the two singers, who enjoyed the afternoon as much as the kids. Lionel Richie is recognized by every one from age ten to 70 as being an amazing entertainer. The crowd who packed underneath the grand white tents of the Universal Lending Pavilion, got a chance to see why he has sold nearly 100 million albums, had 22 top 10 hits and received five Grammy Awards, an Oscar and even a Golden Globe.

He took the crowd on a trip through his entire music career, singing everything from the 1990’s hit “Hello” to music from back during his days as one of the Commodores, who came together during their freshman year at Tuskegee Institute. He has produced amazing music since then, and gave Denver a chance to listen to his amazing talent, as he belted it out for the kids. Between both of these amazing artists, the crowd was on their feet the majority of the night, and it wasn’t just due to the drizzle coming down.

This is the second year that Concerts for Kids has put on such a show to aid the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Denver Public Schools Foundation, and the Make-A- Wish Foundation. They definitely put their all into it this year. Concerts for Kids is a nonprofit organization designed to raise funds for children’s charities in Colorado. The ideas of the National Concerts for Kids organization guided the vision of Christie and Walter Isenberg, in conjunction with Sage Hospitality Resources. Walter, Secretary of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, serves as President and CEO of the Sage Hospitality. Concerts for Kids raises money by working with concerts and other musical events in the local Denver area through out the year.

This year’s event definitely put a smile on the face of children from three of Colorado’s premier nonprofit organizations helping children. Smiles were from ear-to-ear, despite the weather, on the kids, the crowd, the singers, and every one else who got to witness the magic. Those who put on the event must be only looking forward to greater things next year, but it will be very difficult to top the evening’s enchanting performances by both Chris Isaak and Lionel Richie.

The board members and staff of the organizations who benefited from the Concerts for Kids and made the evening possible are:

Denver Public Schools Foundation: Steve Katrich, President; Karen Kennedy, Executive Vice President; Kristin Gerety, Director, Marketing and Communications; Catherine Barnes, Development Associate; Bruce Benson, Board Chair, Elaine Gantz Berman, Vice Chair, Board Members: Sue Allan, Joe Blake, Linda Childears, Cole Finegan, Cathy Finlon, Noel Ginsburg, Allegra “Happy” Haynes, Steve Katich, Mariner Kemper, Tim Marquez, Leslie Mitchell, Carrie Morgridge, C. Alan Peppers, Kristin Richardson, Lola Salazar, Mark Smith, Tomans Strickland, Edward Timmins, Jerry Wartgow, and Ronald Williams.

Children’s Hospital Foundation: Dori Biester PhD, RN, President and CEO of The Children's Hospital; Steve Winesett, President and CEO of The Children's Hospital Foundation.

Board of Trustees - The Children's Hospital Foundation: Marcy Benson, Chair; Joy Johnson, Vice Chair; Frederick B. Taylor, Treasurer; Walter Isenberg, Secretary; Don Elliman, Immediate Past Chair; Michele Ashby; Kaia Borgen; Barbara Bridges; Molly Broeren; Jan Cortez; Mary Gittings Cronin; Peter Culshaw; Phil Doty; Brad Dusto; Steve Farber; Caleb F. Gates, Jr.; Cannon "Cy" Harvey; John Ikard; David P. Kaplan; David J. Kasper; Kelly G. Kennedy; Rich L. Kylberg; Manuel L. Martinez; Tom McGonagle; Mary Osborn; Virginia Reiman; Pat Spieles; Mona Stephens; Richard E. Stoddard; Michelle Thatcher; Brian Thomson; Joseph E. Wagner; Ronald W. Williams; Laura Wright. Trustees Emeritus: James C. Cohig J.H. Silversmith, Jr.

Make-A-Wish: Joan Mazak, President and CEO; Marilyn Tillery, VP of Operations; Patti Murphy, Director of Development; Rebecca Russell, VP of Development; Judie Jamros, Administration Director of Wish Granting Referrals; Becky Shilling, Director of Volunteers/ Development Assistant; Veronica Rivera, Director of Wish Granting; Jennifer Mace, Director of Wish Granting; Rhiannon Burns, Coordinator of Youth Programs. Board of Directors: Elizabeth Carney, Chairman; Forrest D. Smith, III, Vice Chairman; Charla McClintock, Treasurer; Directors: Gary A. Aboussie, Mark G. Bauman, Kenneth G. Crichlow, DDS; Robert Flynn; Jim Nussbaum; Suzanne Phillips Klein; Michael C. Pennica; Edward Pine; Kelly Potter; John A. Sadwith; John Schafer; David Thomas III; Karen Tilley, LCSW; Timothy Wiens Stephen J. Zickefoose.

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