October 02, 2001 - 5th Annual
What: To Honor the Achievements of 5 Exceptional Youth
Where: Temple Events Center
When: October 2, 2001
Beneficiary: Urban Peak
Master of Ceremonies: Jim Polsfut
Honoree(s): Jeramie, Jessica, La Shanda, Stephen and Brandon.
Presenting Sponsor(s): Adco General - Dick Thomas, InterMountain Corporate Affairs
Executive Director: Roxane White
Committee Members: Dan Bormolini, Tammy Davis, Steve Furch, Carol Gilmore, Andreia Samarjian, Jean Scandlyn, Jim Webbe, Mary Ann Vogt
Buffet by: Bluepoint Bakery, Dougals Catering, Michael's Catering and Stephany's Chocolate
Music: Wrong Way and the Mustang
Sponsors: Children's Hospital, First Line Insurance Services, Focus Corporation, Kevin and Lisa King, Charlie and Suzanne Knight, Kurtz Family Foundation, Modesitt Family, Peak Public Relations, Rocky Mountain Youth, Trini Rodriguez, Roxane White
The honorees for the "Climb the Peak" event.
Urban Peak's mission is to serve homeless and runaway youth. The organization provides the youth with a safe, caring and stable environment and assists them in permanently exiting street life.
The "Climb the Peak" awards ceremony is to recognize those youth whose lives have been transformed by the Urban Peak Program.
Honored at the events were Brandon, Jeramie, Jessica,La Shanda and Stephen. Brandon found himself homeless when he couldn't find a job to support his housing. After straying from shelter to shelter and fighting substance abuse problems, Brandon is employed, sober and living independently.
Jeramie had been adopted by his grandfather, but when his grandfather died, Jeramie, too, was homeless. Through the efforts of Urban Peak Jeramie has completed his GED and is employed. Jessica was only 15 and had experienced a lifetime of family conflict and substance abuse. She has rebuilt her relationship with her mom, and is living at home while attending high school.
La Shanda first came to Urban Peak when she was 16. La Shanda is completing her GED at the same time she is raising her baby. Stephen came to Urban Peak when he was 20 and struggling with several different issues. Now Stephen attends Community College of Denver and has achieved the highest GPA of all the students in his program. The very supportive crowd included youth, their friends, families and supporters of Urban Peak. The Silent Auction and donations helped raise money to continue the operations of Urban Peak.