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August 16, 2007 - Goodwill Kicks Off A New Volunteer Year

What: School Year Kicks Off at Rapids Stadium

Where: Rapids Stadium, Commerce City

When: Thursday, August 16, 2007

Time: 6:00 p.m. happy hour, 7:00 p.m. game

Ticket Prices: FREE

Host(s): Goodwill Industries

EMCEE: Nona Urban

President(s): Tim Welker

Staff: Ric Berninzoni, Vice President of Retail Operations; Kevin Jones, Vice President of Fund Development; Kee Liakos, Vice President of Marketing; Joyce Schlose, Vice President of Workforce Development

Board of Directors: Nelson Alston, Alston Law Firm, LLC; Tom Athenour, StarQuest Learning; George Bogdewiecz, Vice Chair, Great-West Life; Mary Davis, McGlothin Davis, Inc.; Brent Drever, QPM Solutions, LLC; Richard Dutkiewicz, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group; Bill Elsner, Secretary, Senior Executive; C. Dale Flowers, Flowers & Associates; Sam Freeman, Retired Executive; Harold Klausner, Chair, 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; 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, Messner & Reeves; Erin Smyth, Denver Auxiliary; Gully Stanford, College in Colorado; Steven Swain, Treasurer, Qwest Communications; Dorothy Walker, Ball Corporation; Cliff Young, Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek


 Dorian-Michelle Smith thanks Goodwill and the volunteers who showed up.  She is an East High School graduate who participated in the Student Mentoring Program and is the recipient of the Daniels Fund scholarship.
Dorian-Michelle Smith thanks Goodwill and the volunteers who showed up. She is an East High School graduate who participated in the Student Mentoring Program and is the recipient of the Daniels Fund scholarship.

By Howie Grapek

This year's annual School Year Volunteer Kick-off party recognized the hard working volunteers and the the Student Advisory Council working with Goodwill Industries of Denver. The theme of the evening's party was "Mingle with Goodwill staff and volunteers while learning about volunteer opportunities for the new school year!"

The event was held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City. There were over 100 guests at the Goodwill kick-off party, each of whom was given a ticket to the Colorado Rapids MLS soccer game.

During the barbeque, Dorian-Michelle Smith thanked Goodwill and the volunteers who showed up. She is an East High School graduate who participated in the Student Mentoring Program and is the recipient of the Daniels Fund scholarship. Jason Romero, a Goodwill board member, announced to the guests that Goodwill has won the "Non-profit of the Year Award" from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He thanked all of the volunteers and Goodwill employees for attending the event. 

Goodwill's mission is “to ensure that every person in the community has the opportunity to live to his or her potential and to attain personal and economic self-sufficiency.” Goodwill believes in the power of work as a means to self-sufficiency and a transformational element in the lives of the more than 19,000 people served each year. Goodwill promotes sustainable change throughout the community and supports a growing economy through a model that provides education, training and opportunities to help the working poor, people moving from welfare to work, and disabled adults attain true self-sufficiency.

Goodwill serves as a link between the education and business communities by providing intensive, classroom-based career development services to more than 15,000 students in 29 area schools. These programs help students stay in school, graduate and prepare for post-secondary education or immediate entry into the workplace following graduation. Goodwill’s youth programs are proactive, prevention programs designed to help teens establish real-world connections between education, career development and the local business community.

To learn more about Goodwill, visit their website at: GoodwillDenver.ORG

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