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June 21, 2005 - First American Fitness Festival Promises the Best Year Yet!

What: First American State Bank Fitness Festival Sponsor Party

Where: First American State Bank, Crescent, Bellview and DTC Blvd.

When: June 21, 2005 - First day of Summer

Beneficiary: First American State Bank Fitness Festival supports Community Asset Project of the Cherry Creek School District

Grand Marshal(s): Susie Wargin of 9NEWS

Gala Chairperson(s): Jay and Kristina Davidson

Honorary Chairperson(s): Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools

Corporate Chairperson(s): Jean Galloway of Galloway Group and Nick Lepetsos of First American State Bank

Founders: Jay and Kristina Davidson, and Jean Galloway

Committee Members: Coporate Committee: Corporate Chair, Nick Lepestos; Jean Galloway; Gail Hahn; School Team Building: Robin Rhorsen; Schools: Brenda Holben, Prevention Office; Blair Zykan, President of the Community Asset Project

Music: Wedding Stringers - Overland H.S. Students

Sponsors: Title Sponsor: First American State Bank, Platinum Sponsors: Bonfils Blood Center, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake and Epicurean Catering, Gold Sponsors: Health One, Centennial Medical Plaza, Tim Trout, Murray Motor Imports, Silver Sponsors: Richmond American Homes, MDC, Rebublic Financial Corporation, GD data, Kaiser Permanente, Thrive, LaSalle Bank, Alpine Wholesale, Ehrhardt, Keefe, Steiner, and Hottman, P.C.(EKS&H), Metro Denver Title, LLC, Frontier Airlines, Aronowitz Family Foundation, Kenneth Kendal King Foundation, Lewis D. and John J. Gilbert Foundation, Walt and Georgia Imhoff, Media Sponsors: 9NEWS, The Villager Newport Group, Mix100, Colorado Parent Magazine, Community Sponsor: Goldesmith Metro District, Greenwood Village, Fitness Sponsor: Greenwood Athletic Club

Attendance: 60

Information: Log onto Log onto for event information and how to get involved, or call the Downing Group at (303) 430-2817 for event information

Board of Directors: Kristina Davidson, Chairman; Jay Davidson, Andy Carrington, Jean Galloway, Emmett Duemke, Kay Fair, Robin Thorsen, Nick Lepestos

Blacktie Photos by: Chelsea Wyatt

 Kristina Davidson and Mayor Nancy Sharpe Green show their dedication to the cause
Kristina Davidson and Mayor Nancy Sharpe Green show their dedication to the cause

This year the 5th Annual First American State Bank Fitness Festival is set to be the best ever thanks to all those who were recognized at the Sponsorship party on June 21st, 2005. It was a night for the entire community to really come together, pledging their support for this fall’s Fitness Festival on September 10th, 2005. Jay Davidson is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of First American State Bank, title sponsor of the event. He announced some very exciting changes happening this year that are going to bring even more interest to an already popular event.

The date of the 5th Annual Fitness Festival is being pushed back this year to two weeks after Labor Day. By doing this, the planners are hoping to include more of the kids in the Cherry Creek School District. School will be in session, and every one will be eager for a little break, what better to do than spend the day exercising! Teams and clubs from the school district will also be able to participate as a group due to the date change, and because of this, the community is expecting the biggest turnout ever. Another change that the more serious runners will appreciate, is that the event will begin one hour earlier, at 9AM, instead of 10. Hopefully every one will be able to beat the afternoon heat this way. The trail will also be easier to follow, as it will begin right in front of the bank on E. Crescent Blvd. off of the Denver Tech Center Blvd. and Bellview. The runners will make their way home again, because the grand finish line is there too. This year’s goal is also one of the highest ever, to get over 3,000 participants, and it is more than attainable. The first year of the 5K/walk raised over $32,000, in 2002, the figure almost doubled to $60,000, in 2003, $65,000 was raised and last year did even better. Since 2001, the event has raised over $225,000 collectively. Now that’s an achievement that deserves a victory lap! Susie Wargin from 9NEWS will be this year’s Grand Marshal, and Crescent Park Entertainment will be keeping all the participants happy. Nick Carter from 9NEWS will even be doing a live telecast of the event. The most amazing part of this event is how the community comes together. J ay Davidson knows that it really does help every one, and it’s amazing to see every one, “marching down the road together trying to make a difference.” Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools, expressed how much of a difference this event does make. He declared this will be the, “event of the year” in the area, because it makes such a positive impact in the lives of the next generation. Net proceeds go to the Community Asset Project, a priority focus of the Cherry Creek Schools.

The mission of the Community Asset Project is to enrich young people’s lives with developmental assets that lead to healthy, caring and responsible adults. Developing positive assets is a proven deterrent to negative behavior, such as alcohol and drug abuse and acts of violence. Dr. Moses stated that when students have over 20 of the developmental assets they need to, “make the right decisions” their risky behavior is cut in half, and almost thirty of these attributes almost eliminates the desire to live a risky lifestyle. These statistics make it obvious that it’s important to get “toddlers to teenagers to college grads” involved. Mark your calendars for the 2005 event on September 10th. The event will begin with an aerobic warm-up at 7:30, followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 9AM. After the race the real fun begins with food tasting, entertainment, valuable giveaways and awards. It will be a day to remember, and a day that the kids of Cherry Creek Schools will remember for the entire year.

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