March 08, 2006 - Goodwill Stars Shine at Picnic with a Purpose
What: Annual Goodwill Industries of Denver Luncheon
Where: Donald Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
When: March 8, 2006
Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver
EMCEE: Gregg Moss, 9NEWS Business Reporter
President(s): Tim Welker
Staff: Kee Liakos, Vice President/Marketing, Alison Oyler/Marketing and Fund Development Specialist
Welcome: Tim Welker
Speaker: Linda Childears, President & CEO, Daniels Fund
Catering: Einstein Bros. and Stephaney's Chocolates
Sponsors: Daniels Fund, Waste Management, Great-West, Big O Tires, Washington Mutual, Chase, 9NEWS, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Marsh, Good Feet, Colorado Rockies, JohnstonWells, Charles Schwab Foundation, Denver Business Journal
Attire: Business casual
Donors: Daniels Fund
Event Coordinator: Alison Oyler
Board of Directors: Nelson Alston, Tom Athenour, George Bogdewiecz, David Cessna, Renee Choitz, Susan Curtis, Mary Davis, Brent Drever, Richard Dutkiewicz, Bill Elsner, Tom Feldkamp, Chuck Javernick, Harold Klausner, Tamela Lee, Daivd Majcen, Jay Myers, Bob Ostertag, David Peterson, Jason Romero, Bill Schmidt, Greg Sherrill, John Shunk, Steven Swain, Angela M. Timm, Dorothy Walker, Marsha Williams, Clifford Young
Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Zenoff
Pateace Farrow - winner of the Inspiration Award, center, with her Grandmother Ernestine, left, and God Mother Martha Farrow
The 2006 annual awards luncheon started at the cozy mezzanine of the Stage Theater at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. The honorees and their proud families, sponsors, community leaders and Goodwill staffers enjoyed the delights of pastries, bagels and fruit, hosted by Einstein Bros., as they networked and shared stories of successes through the Goodwill Industries programs.
President and CEO of Goodwill Industries, Tim Welker greeted guests and toasted to the strengths of the award recipients. “You have to be tough to overcome hardships. The recipients here today are tough. The people that help are also tough.”
Goodwill’s programs serve at-risk youth and disadvantaged and disabled adults and children. Their mission is “our job will be done when every person in our community has the opportunity to live to his or her potential and to attain personal and economic self-sufficiency.”
The 500 guests at the “Picnic with a Purpose” Lunch enjoyed boxed lunches and scrumptious chocolate cookies in the warmth of the Seawell Ballroom and gazed at the panoramic view of a snowy spring Denver day.
The keynote speaker, Linda Childears, the President and CEO of the Daniels Fund, shared the many strengths of the Goodwill programs and their successes. The “School to Work” program helps more than 10,000 students in 22 area schools build self-esteem and find direction so that they can stay in school, graduate and secure jobs. The graduation rate of these students is an impressive 95 percent.
Linda announced at the luncheon that Daniel’s Fund is donation $200,000 to the Will of Goodwill.
The 14 area retail second-hand stores provide job opportunities for adults that have had hardships. Juanita Valenzuela, Employee of the Year award recipient, received a standing ovation for her story. After being on parole, Juanita wanted to get her life stable and provide for her two children. Juanita has been working in a Goodwill store for two years. The job and support has given Juanita the dignity and security she needed. Her family was in attendance leading the applause.
The Inspiration Award went to Pateace Farrow, a young deaf girl who worked closely with the mentor program to build hope and find her creative talents. Pateace’s mom and grandmother joined the crowd in applauding the signed speech Pateace gave in accepting this special honor.
Here is the full list of award recipients:
Mentor and Mentee Partnership of the Year award: Dan Oltersdorf (mentor) and Jonathan Campos, (mentee) of East High School.
Youth Services Business of the Year award: Gerlad Barajas of ARAMARK
Youth Volunteer of the Year award: Carrie Burns
Adult Volunteer of Year award: Janet Benavente
Educator of the Year award: Lanny Cook, Adams City High School
Family Strengthening award: Biana Parker
Inspiration Award: Pateace Farrow
Employee of the Year: Juanita Valenzela
Community Leadership award: LISTO! (Latinos Involved in Sharing Tomorrow’s Opportunities) Jason Romero, Wells Fargo, Co-founder; Jim Chavez, L.A.E.F., Co-founder; and Dale Chavez, Denver F.I.R.E., Volunteer.
The event’s emcee, 9NEWS Business Reporter Gregg Moss, closed with a challenge. To share the inspiration of the stories, to volunteer, to provide jobs and to donate.
Celebrating will of Goodwill helps to build the future of our community.