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September 20, 2006 - Urban Peak Maverick Thinkers

What: 7th Annual Maverick Thinkers Awards Dinner

Where: Seawell Ballroom

When: Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Time: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $150

Beneficiary: Urban Peak

Master of Ceremonies: Denver Public Schools Superintendent, Michael Bennet

Honoree(s): The Haynes Family: Anna Jo, Happy, Khadija, Michael, Mary, LeAnn, and youth honoree, Andrew McClure

Presenting Sponsor(s): Gary-WIlliams Energy Corporation, The Piton Foundation

Co-Chair(s): Susan Noble and Leigh Sinclair

Committee Members: Dean Prina, Dave Ryan, Stephanie Harvey, Rich Rainaldi, Dave Younggren, Trinidad Rodriguez

Welcome: Craig Archibald, CEO Urban Peak

Sponsors: Out of the Box Sponsor: Rich Rainaldi & Martha Records; Creative Sponsors: Adco General Corporation, MDC Richmond American Homes, Holme Roberts & Owen, Susan & Howard Noble, Craig Archibald & Ann Sperling, Anonymous; Innovative Sponsors: Alvarado Development, Gallagher Industries, Jean N. Scandlyn & W. Durand Eppler, Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, St. Mary Land and Exploration Company, Wagner Equipment, Wells Fargo

Special Thanks: The Haynes Family, Greg Kleinert -- TKA Advertising, Dick Alweis, Moon Doggie Gardens, Base 2, Kelly Herndon, Mike Lindenbaum, Peter Droege, Mercelle Seale-Pierce

Information: or 303-777-9198

Event Coordinator: Jessica Harvey

Board of Directors: Denver: Craig Archibald, CEO; Dave Younggren, Chair; Rich Rainaldi, Chair Elect. Rob Alvarado, David Banks, Ron Barber, Terry Brown, Kathy Cranmer, Suzanne Discenza, Todd Fredrickson, David Goldberg, Larry Greenwood, Jim Grenfell, Mark Kling, Charlie Knight, Paige Lankster, Diane Freshour Leede, Cec Mascarenas, Janet Myers-Colley, Susan Noble, Joanne Reilly, Trinidad Rodriguez, Dave Ryan, Jean Scandlyn, Tom Schilling, Leigh Sinclair, Dick Thomas. Colorado Springs: UPCS Executive Director, John McIlwee; Suzanne Discenza, Chair; Greg Kleinert, Chair Elect. Craig Archibald, Leslie Cook, Joellen Froehlich, Craig Dawson, Lynn Stone, Lisa Tessarowicz, Joseph Watson, Joyce Wolfe

Blacktie Photos by: Stacy Ohlsson

 Board Members Tom Schilling, Charlie Knight and Ron Bar
Board Members Tom Schilling, Charlie Knight and Ron Bar

Urban Peak has two big fundraising dinners each year, celebrating the successes of the homeless youth they serve, and the people who make those triumphs possible. Their events always evoke strong emotion, and 7th Annual Maverick Thinker’s dinner at the Seawell Ballroom on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 was no exception.

The Haynes family, Anna Jo, Happy, Khadija, Michael, Mary and LeAnn are the first family to be honored for their contributions to Denver area community. From civic duty to making changes in schools, urban farming, parks and recreation, and entrepreneurial ventures, the Haynes family has made a difference in countless lives by being “Maverick Thinkers.”

A Maverick Thinker is someone who thinks outside of the box, takes risks, and makes a difference.

Unfortunately, LeAnn and Michael were unable to attend, but a poignant video by Robert Hand captured the spirit of the whole family.

In comments shared by Mary, Michael likened the work that Urban Peak does to that old quote, “When you feed a man a fish, he will eat for a day; when you teach him to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.” Urban Peak teaches homeless youth “to fish.”

Khadija shared her thoughts about the sentiment that it takes a village to raise a child. True, but “they don’t tell you where to find the village … they don’t tell you how to fit in. Thank you, Urban Peak for being a Village in this great city, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.”

Matriarch Anna Jo shared some insight on how the term, “Maverick Thinker” developed. The phrase was coined when, in the early 20th century, Samuel Maverick refused to brand his cattle. Anna Jo said that branding is not so bad, especially when being “branded” as Urban Peak supporters.

The 2006 youth honoree, Andrew McClure, stood before nearly 500 patrons (without notes!) and gave a compelling snapshot of his life on the streets.

Andrew has buried seven friends just in 2006, due to their life choices and experiences on the streets. “I lost friends and saw tragic things.” He credits his involvement with Urban Peak and STAR with saving his life.

Urban Peak’s outreach program, where workers actually make contact with youth on the streets, guided Andrew to change. Outreach worker Carl Knudson may have seemed like a thorn in Andrew’s side every time he saw him on the street, but Andrew eventually saw that Carl actually cared about him. “I would leave Denver for a few weeks, and every time I came back, there was Carl, asking me how I was, and giving me encouragement.” (In 2005, the Outreach Team made 6,537 duplicated youth contacts, an increase of 9.4% from the prior year.)

Andrew said, “I have a job, a house, a car, friends, and a life. Without you I didn’t have a chance. The loneliness I experienced, most people never know.”

Urban Peak unveiled its new “brand” at the event:

Real Life. Real Change.

Real Life: Nearly 1,000 homeless youth on the streets of Denver on any given night ( up from 400 in 2003). Real Change: 879 accessed services at Urban Peak in 2005, and over 350 exited the streets successfully.

Real Life: Hunger, while struggling on the streets. Real Change: 29,000 meals were served at the shelter in Denver in 2005.

Real Life: sex, drugs, AIDS. Real Change: 1,803 youth participated in AIDS/HIV education.

Real Life: no skills, no job, no income. Real Change: Over 200 youth participated in job training programs and 196 obtained employment.

Real Life: No money, no home (133 hours per week at minimum wage to afford a Denver studio apartment). Real Change: Urban Peak provided over 100 units of affordable housing to homeless youth.

Urban Peak makes real changes in the lives of countless homeless and at-risk youth.

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