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May 10, 2007 - Recipients Honored at Project PAVE Luncheon

What: Annual Janus Foundation Transformations Scholarship Luncheon

Where: Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: May 10, 2007

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

Ticket Prices: $25,000 Title Sponsor • $10,000 Platinum Star Sponsor • $5,000 Gold Star Sponsor • $3,000 Silver Star Sponsor • $1,500 Bronze Star Sponsor • $1,000 Patron Table Sponsor • $ 75 per 'Friend' ticket • $100 per "Advocate' ticket

Beneficiary: At risk youth

Honoree(s): Pediatrician Dr. Dean Prina

EMCEE: Mitch Jelniker, 7 News

Presenting Sponsor(s): Janus Foundation, Newmont Mining

Co-Chair(s): Stephanie Roppolo-Murphy, Marc Levine

Executive Director: Mike Johnson

Staff: Mike Johnson- Executive Director, Jaime Peterson - Development Director, Amy Stambuk - Director of Clinical Counseling, Adam Evans - Director of School Based Program

Welcome: Governor Bill Ritter

Speaker: Dr. Dean Prina

Attendance: 600

Attire: Business Casual

Special Thanks: Stephanie Roppolo-Murphy for extraordinary planning and leadership

Event Coordinator: Jaime Peterson

Board of Directors: Cecilia Sanchez de Ortiz, Raydean Acevedo, Michael Alcott, Marrti Awad , Kenneth G. Crichlow, D.D.S., Patricia (P.C.) Crown, Gerald Gaines, Elaine Gampel, Michael Hammell, Michelle Kales, Kelli R. Kindel, Marc Levine, Jon Lorenz, Lawrence Manzanares, Jeannie Ritter, Shawn C. Worthy, Ph.D, Esperanza Ybarra

Steering Committee: Mike Alcott
Marti Awad
Martha Cusick
Eileen DeParrie
Amanda Fein
Jean Ford
Elaine Gampel

Lisa Harris

Karen Kandel

Kelli Kindel

Myles Mendoza
Dean Prina, MD

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Harris

 Debbie Tepper - left, event guest with event honoree Dr. Dean Prina and event co-chair Stephanie Roppolo-Murphy
Debbie Tepper - left, event guest with event honoree Dr. Dean Prina and event co-chair Stephanie Roppolo-Murphy

Project PAVE's annual Janus Foundation Scholarship Luncheon honors 11 special recipients

If Dr. Dean Prina touches it, it turns to gold. That's $200,000 for Project PAVE.

Project PAVE's 11th annual Janus Foundation Transformations Luncheon was held at the Donald R. Seawell Ballroom on May 10.

Dr. Dean Prina, event honoree, is one of Denver's renowned pediatricians from the practice Partners in Pediatrics. He is a devoted community advocate for youth services and tirelessly devotes his time to serving on committees and boards (currently 11 boards) that provide support and resources to vital causes. As Governor Bill Ritter said in his introduction, "His time and energy belong to the people of Denver."

The 600+ event attendees proved that Dean's commitment attracts support to causes such as Project PAVE.

Project PAVE is promoting Alternatives to Violence through Education, striving to prevent relationship violence--like domestic violence, child abuse, bullying and teen dating violence--and provide counseling to those who have experienced it. "We offer programs that touch and inspire," said Mike Johnson, Executive Director of Project PAVE.

Many of Denver's community and political leaders attended, including Denver's Diva, Lannie Garrett, with 5280's publisher Dan Brogan, Governor Bill Ritter--former Project PAVE board member and last year's honoree and his wife Jeannie Ritter, current Project PAVE board member, Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien, Denver D.A. Mitch Morrisey, Scott Rowtiz, Executive Director of the Denver Film Society and event co-chairs, Stephanie Roppolo-Murphy and Marc Levine (also a Project PAVE board member).

7 News anchor and gracious event emcee, Mitch Jelnicker noted the strength and inspiration these young and courageous recipients offer and introduced a special reading  of Maya Angelou’s poem, "When the Caged Bird Sings" by three recipients.

Tracie Papantones, Janus Foundation Vice President, introduced the scholarship winners, each receiving $3,800 to help further their education. "Janus Funds believes that investment goes both ways, whether it be investment tools and products or investment in the community; our goal is to make life and lives better."

Three recipients provided heartfelt speeches. La'Vonne Leaks said "Depression can be cured NOT by meds but by me." Her daughter is her motivation and she believes the sky is the limit to better education. Steven Cronkite expressed that being safe has allowed him to focus on what he wants to do. PAVE counseling helped him reach this place to further his goals. Reina Wilson was violated by a trusted uncle who, even after admitting his abuse, was welcomed back into her family. Through hard work and months of therapy, supported by Project PAVE, she found the strength to value happiness and is an outstanding student at Chaparral High School. Other award recipients were: Guadalupe Vargas, Jacqueline Rueda, Elicia Roberts, Maribel Reyes, Christopher Lofgren, Micheal Hefner, Elizabeth Gardner and Danielle Fritz.

With the incredible support of the title sponsor, Newmont Mining Corporation, for $25,000 and the support from the Gaines Foundation, who announced they would cover the cost of the entire luncheon (the full list of sponsors can be found on the Project PAVE website),  more and more children can receive the education and support to break the cycle of violence and to excel.

Ever been to an envelope stuffing party? After the presentation, each table was full of inspiration and hope and raced to contribute additional funds into the table donation envelopes. "I came here expecting to donate $50, I just wrote a check for $250 -- after I got out my Kleenex" said Naomi Price, guest of Carlson Marketing, table sponsors.

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