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June 01, 2007 - Goodwill Hosts Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

What: A time of appreciation for Goodwill's volunteers and mentors

Where: Curtis Hotel

When: June 1, 2007

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver

EMCEE: Cha Cha, KOOL 105

Welcome: Ruthann Kallenberg

Attire: casual

Blacktie Photos by: Toni DeVolder

 Roller Dolls, from left to right, Tammy Oler (
Roller Dolls, from left to right, Tammy Oler ("Diamond-Lil"), Denise Dambrackas ("Fawn Stalking"), and Brandee McLeod ("Shey Guevara")

Many people know Goodwill because of its retail sales and donations centers, but the appreciation breakfast June 1 was focused on something even more exciting: Goodwill's Youth Services programs.

For almost 90 years, Goodwill Denver has helped disadvantaged and disabled adults improve their lives. Over the past fifteen years, they have expanded their programs to include at-risk youth. Currently, they proudly serve more than 15,000 teens in 29 public schools in the metro Denver area and Greeley.

Goodwill volunteers were recognized in the following categories: Mock Interviewers, Career Panelists, Guest Speakers, Listo's (Latinos Involved in Sharing Tomorrow's Opportunities) and one-on-one and/or group mentors.

Some of the much-appreciated participants and winners in several volunteer categories included the following:

  • Platinum Partners are companies that provide and support groups of employees to volunteer with students in Goodwill classrooms. Accenture was the first platinum partner to be recognized by Goodwill for their sponsorship of Mock Interviews held every semester for the past several years. Cricket Communication was a platinum partner recognized for sponsoring Mock Interviews, incentive programs and internship programs.
  • Regis University staff members volunteer with Goodwill and several of these volunteers are mentors.
  • Xcel Energy has taken a leadership role in supporting the youth in our community by sponsoring a CareersPlus mentoring class.
  • Wells Fargo actively supports Goodwill's youth programs by sponsoring CareersPlus, utilizing bi-lingual mentors and providing 50 staff members as volunteers for Mock Interviews and Career Panels.
  • Robert Lopez is with Wells Fargo and has been named Goodwill's Volunteer of the Year (2007).
  • Rock Around the Clock Volunteers were presented to volunters who have contributed the most classroom volunteer hours during the past school year. The recipients were: Monica Zavala, Lewis Kelley, Kerri Reiner and Gave Romero.
  • Hall of Fame Volunteer Awards were given out to those with longevity with Goodwill's Youth Service Program. Both recipients, Bob Bume and Laura Dean, had an outstanding record of six years volunteering.
  • The last category of awards, but not the least, was the Hall of Fame Mentor Awards. They were presented to the individuals that have displayed extensive dedication to the mentoring program. The recipients were: Beverly Fox, Rose Beetem, Peter Oxborough, Katie Forshey and Karen Gonzales.

The breakfast conclusion was highlighted by the generosity of the Curtis Hotel. A drawing took place for a one-night stay at this prestigious hotel. For more information about Goodwill Denver programs, log on to

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