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April 06, 2006 - Kempe Kids Get Jazzed Up

What: 2006 benefit: Jazz it Up for Kempe Kids, a concert starring Denver native and Grammy Award Winner Dianne Reeves

Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex

When: April 6, 2006

Beneficiary: The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect

Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

Honoree(s): Edward Goldson, M.D., Professional Honoree and Richmond American Homes, David Mandarich and Larry Mizel for Community Honoree

Presenting Sponsor(s): The Landmark

Gala Chairperson(s): Nancy Koontz and Jan Hammond

Founders: Dr. C. Henry Kempe

Executive Director: of the Kempe Center, Robert Clyman, M.D.

President(s): of the Kempe Foundation, Pat Loewi

Catering: Kevin Taylor

Entertainment: Dianne Reeves, four-time Grammy Winner for Best Jazz Vocal Performance

Sponsors: Diamond: Great-West LIfe & Annuity Company; Platinum: Qwest, Studio 1430 KEZW; Gold: Brownstein Hyatt Farber, P.C., First Data/Western Union, First Western Trust Bank, Cydney and Tom Marsico Family Foundation, Monfort Family Foundation, Saunders Construction, Iris and Michael Smith, University of Colorado School of Medicine, U.S. Bank; Silver: Wendy and Steven Cohen, E Elight Electric Services, Fognani & Fought, PLLC, Hexagon Investments, Walt and Georgia Imhoff, M.D.C. Holdings/Richmond American Homes, Sage Investment Management, Sir Chocolate, Howard Torgove/Purple Martini and Wellshire Inn, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Attendance: 450 - sold out for the patron reception and 1,000 for the concert

Attire: Cocktail

Information: For more information, visit or call The Kempe Foundation special event line at 303-864-5314

Board of Directors: Steven Demby, JD, Board Chair; Pat Loewi, President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation, Robert Clyman, M.D., Executive Director of the Kempe Center; Darcy Beard, Kempe Foundation Alliance; Wayne Berger, Steven Cohen, Stephanie Comfort, Stephen Daniels, PhD, MD, Rick Ellis, John Faught, JD, Michael Hancock, Bruce Hunter, Georgia Imhoff, Walt Imhoff, Gail Johnson, Wendy Kane, Richard Krugman, M.D., Donna Lynne, DrPH, Donald Mares, JD, Kimberly Mitchell, Charles Monfort, Dick Saunders, David Savitz, JD, Gretchen Seefried, Mike Shaw, Mark Smith, Lisa Taussig, Heather Tooker, Howard Torgove; Honorary Members: Jules Amer, MD, Janet Elway, John Elway, First Lady of Colorado Frances Owens

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

 Pat Loewi, President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation and her daughter Sam Loewi with Steve Demby, JD, Kempe Foundation Board Chair
Pat Loewi, President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation and her daughter Sam Loewi with Steve Demby, JD, Kempe Foundation Board Chair

Elizabeth Byrnes Crony

Kempe Kids got Jazzed, along with staff, board members and supporters at the 2006 benefit: Jazz it Up for Kempe Kids, a concert starring Denver native and Grammy Award Winner Dianne Reeves. Held on April 6, in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, over 1,400 guests gathered to celebrate the Kempe Foundation’s 30th year of helping kids be kids again.

“It is a very special evening,” Emcee Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald shared with the crowd. “Not only are we celebrating the thirtieth anniversary, today is Dr. C. Henry Kempe’s birthday, the founder of the Kempe Foundation.”

The Kempe Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides the education, advocacy and fundraising support for the work of The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, The Kempe Center is recognized as the world leader in child abuse treatment programs and for over thirty years has been at the forefront in the fight against child abuse.

Before the event, Jazz it Up for Kids Co-Chairs Jan Hammond and Nancy Koontz, greeted guests during the sold-out patron party. Over 450 guests enjoyed a buffet spread by Kevin Taylor and scrumptious chocolate dessert, provided by Sir Chocolate, one of the Silver sponsors.

"I am a Denver man, I grew up with Ann Kempe - that's why I am here tonight, " said Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, star of Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets” and one of People Magazine’s Top 50 Most Eligible Bachelors in America, the Emcee for the event. “You all can’t see it but I am sweating bullets up here…I am a horse doctor, not a child one, like you all,” Kevin cracked. He got the crowd of over 1,000 settled into their seats and then introduced Steve Demby, Kempe Foundation Board Chair, Pat Loewi, President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation and Rob Clyman, M.D., Executive Director of the Kempe Center.

The Kempe Award, first awarded in 1985, is presented to professionals and philanthropists who have contributed substantially to the community on behalf of children and who have creatively fought the ware against child abuse. The first Kempe Award recipients were Sam Gary, Chairman of the Board of the Piton Foundation, and his wife, Nancy, a member of the University Hospital Child Protection Team.

In 1988, the Kempe Board decided to establish two categories, a Professional Honoree and a Community Honoree, to recognize that the vision will only be accomplished with a collaborative effort between professionals and community.

"He has such a big heart," said Rob Clyman, M.D., Executive Director of the Kempe Center, referring to 2006 Kempe Professional Honoree Ed Goldson, M.D. As he presented the award, he gave him a hug. “Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.”

Dr. Edward Goldson has been diagnosing and treating children for 40 years. His first publication was Non-accidental trauma and failure to thrive: a sociomedical profile in Denver, printed in the 1976 American Journal of the Diseases of Children. Also in 1976, Dr. Ed, as he is known to his friends and colleagues, joined the staff of The Children’s Hospital, where he has worked especially on the care of high risk infants, chronically ill children, follow-up for premature and sick infants, management of children with disabilities including children with fragile X and with child neglect and abuse.

"I wish that child maltreatment didn't exist and that we were not in business," Kempe Professional Honoree Ed Goldson, M.D. told the guests, as he accepted his award.

Richmond American Homes and its parent company MDC Holdings have a sustained commitment to targeted philanthropic efforts that give back to the community in which they live and build homes. They show their dedication to their fellow citizens through millions of dollars in donations and thousands of hours of volunteer time. With their roots and headquarters in Denver, MDC enjoys giving back to the community that gave them their start.

Pat Loewi, President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation then introduced a video about Kempe before the concert began.

Denver native Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today. As a result of her virtuosity, improvisational gifts, and unique R&B and jazz stylings, Reeves was awarded the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings—a Grammy first in any vocal category. And Reeves was recently awarded her fourth Grammy for her performance on the soundtrack to George Clooney’s critically acclaimed film, “Good Night, and Good Luck.”

The lights dimmed and for the next hour, Dianne held the audience in the palm of her hand. All said, the evening of Jazz, ‘jazzed’ the crowd, so that kids can be kids again.

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