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March 07, 2007 - Goodwill Celebrates Shining Accomplishments

What: Goodwill's Annual Luncheon - SHINE

Where: Denver Center for the Performing Arts

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $15.00

Beneficiary: At Risk Youth

Honoree(s): Ratha Sok; Robert Lopez; Xcel Energy; Sharon Martinez; Mark Maes; Mary Selee; April Richards; Phuong Tran; Nardos Ghebregziabher; Charisse Zapata; Brittney Taylor

EMCEE: Gregg Moss, 9NEWS Business Reporter

President(s): Tim Welker

Introductions: Mary Davis, Chair, Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of Denver

Welcome: Tim Welker, President & CEO, Goodwill Industries of Denver

Speaker: Jason Kamras, 2005 Teacher of the Year

Of note: Featured Partners: Denver Public Schools, Watson Wyatt and Xcel Energy

Sponsors: Event Sponsors: Qwest and Piton Foundation; Media Sponsors: 9NEWS and Denver Business Journal. Goodwill Platinum Sponsors: Chase, Daniels Fund, Denver Foundation, Good Feet, Great-West Life, H.K. and A.E. Johnson Foundation, JohnstonWells, Kenneth Kendal King Foundation, Qwest Foundation, St. Mary Land & Exploration, Washington Mutual and Waste Management. Corporate and Foundation Sponsors: Ball Foundation, Sam Bloom Foundation, Colorado Rockies, ECA Foundation, Hawkins Foundation, Mabel Hughes Trust, Rollie R. Kelley Foundation, Koebel Foundation, G. and B. Parry Family Fund, Rose Community Foundation, Schlessman Family Foundation, Qwest Pioneers, Wal-Mart Foundation, Lloyd David and Carlye Cannon Wattis Foundation, US Bank Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation and Xcel Foundation.

Attire: Business Casual

Event Coordinator: Alison Oyler and Kee Liakos

Board of Directors: Mary Davis, Chair, McGlothin Davis, Inc; Nelson Alston, Alston Law Firm LLC; Tom Athenour, StarQuest Learning; George Bogdewiecz, Great-West Life; Renee Choltz, Denver Auxiliary; Susan Curtis, Take the Lead, LLC; Brent Drever, QPM Solutions, LLC; Richard Dutkiewicz, New World Restaurant Group; Bill Elsner, Secretary, Senior Executive; Tom Feldkamp, Hewlett Packard Company; C. Dale Flowers, Flowers & Associates; Sam Freeman; Harold Klausner, Watson Wyatt Worldwide; Tamela Lee, City of Denver Division of Small Business Opportunity; David Leonard, WildBlue Communications; David Majcen, Insight Financial; Scott Maierhofer, Green Manning & Bunch; Carrie Mesch, MESCH Commercial Real Estate; James R. Meurer, Asset Valuation Advisors, LLC; Todd Munson, JPMorgan Chase; David Peterson, Heery International; Jason Romero, Wells Fargo Bank, NA; W. Dean Salter, Holme, Roberts & Owen; Bill Schmidt, Schmidt & Horen; Van Schoales, Piton Foundation; Greg Sherrill, Circa 65; John Shunk, Treasurer, Messner & Reeves; Erin Smyth, Denver Auxiliary; Gully Stanford, College in Colorado; Steven Swain, Qwest Communications; Dorothy Walker, Ball Corporation; Clifford Young, UC Health Sciences Center

Blacktie Photos by: Diane Kilian

 Joe Blake (left), President & CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Tim Welker, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver
Joe Blake (left), President & CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Tim Welker, President & CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver

The sun was shining brightly in Denver on Wednesday, but the atmosphere was even more brilliant at Goodwill’s Annual SHINE Luncheon. Business and education leaders, along with students from the Denver Metro area, gathered to recognize the efforts of outstanding individuals who have provided support for Goodwill.

The event began with a warm reception given by Harold Klausner from Watson Wyatt and Joe Blake, President & CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Blake congratulated Goodwill on its successful role as the link between the classroom and a workforce that needs to constantly be replenished. Gregg Moss, 9NEWS Business Reporter, served as emcee and spoke from the heart when he thanked volunteers for their support of Goodwill over the years.

Jason Kamras, 2005 National Teacher of the Year, was the keynote speaker and shared his experiences as a middle school teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School in Washington, D.C. With warmth and conviction, he spoke about the challenges and rewards of teaching and emphasized his belief that every child in the U.S. deserves an excellent education.

After his speech, the following awards were given: Xcel Energy, Sharon Martinez and Mark Maes – Corporate Partner of the Year; Ratha Sok from West High School – Youth Spotlight Award; Mary Selee – Inspiration Award; April Richards and Phuong Tran – Mentor-Mentee of the Year; Robert Lopez from Wells Fargo – Volunteer of the Year; Nardos Ghebregziabher from George Washington High School – Youth Spotlight Award; Charisse Zapata – Family Strengthening Award; Brittney Taylor from Lester Arnold High School – Youth Spotlight Award.

Goodwill has helped people help themselves for over 90 years. Their programs have helped more than 19,000 individuals increase their self-sufficiency through the Power of Work. For more information, visit

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