September 08, 2007 - First American State Bank Fitness Festival benefits Cherry Creek Schools
Where: Crescent Park in Greenwood Village
When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007
Time: Beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Ticket Prices: Entry fees are $15 for children 17 and younger and seniors 65+ prior to race day and $20 on race day; $27 for adults prior to race day, and rise to $35 for those registering at the event. A special family 4-pack was available for $75, and included registrations for two adults and two children. The family 4-pack was $100 on the day of the race.
Beneficiary: Community Asset Project (CAP), a partner with the Cherry Creek School District
Master of Ceremonies: Creigh Kelley
Grand Marshal(s): Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville and former Denver Nugget and Cherry Creek High School graduate Mark Randall
Gala Chairperson(s): Debbie Lepetsos
Honorary Chairperson(s): Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools
Corporate Chairperson(s): Kristina Davidson, FASB Fitness Festival Inc. and Nick Lepetsos, First American State Bank
Founders: Jay and Kristina Davidson, Jean Galloway
Committee Members: Planning Committee: Stacey Aronowitz, Dana Brandorff, Jennifer DiBiase, Wanda Devargas, Stephen Edmonds, Marla England, Karen Fisher, Nepeta Godec, Debbie Gradishar, Shirley Hebert, Nora Heitmann, Brenda Holben, Creigh Kelley, Molly Kemmer, Debbie Lepetsos, Ellen Murlin, Tracy Maguire, Joyce Reilly, Lyn Schaffer, Deb Smith, Robin Thorsen, Lori Wager, Meg Wheldon, Jacquelyn Winbush
Catering: Cool River Café, Great Northern Tavern, Il Fornaio, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant – DTC, Morton’s, The Steakhouse – DTC, Naked Juice, Robinson Dairy, San Lorenzo, Starbucks, The Wellshire Inn, Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods, TREO, Yanni's
Music: Students from Academy of Arts and All That Entertainment
Sponsors: TITLE SPONSORS: First American State Bank and Kaiser Permanente; PLATINUM SPONSORS: The Kenneth King Foundation, HealthONE, Centennial Medical Plaza; GOLD SPONSORS: Tim Trout, Vierra Family Foundation, High Sierra Energy, Fisher Capital; SILVER SPONSORS: Service Solutions, Republic Financial Corporation, LaSalle Bank, Unique, Terrie Financial, NexGen, Spivack Vision Center, The Kentwood Company, The Evans Group of Wachovia Securities, Wells Fargo, Aronwitz Family Trust, Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake, Margot and Allan Frank, Georgia and Walt Imhoff, CHFA; MEDIA SPONSORS: 9 News, 5280, The Villarger, Sassy 107.1 FM; COMMUNITY SPONSOR: Goldsmith Metro District; FITNESS SPONSOR: Greenwood Athletic Club.
Board of Directors: Kristina Davidson, Chairman; Jay Davidson, Jean Galloway, Kay Fair, Robin Thorsen, Debbie Lepetsos
Steering Committee: Corporate Committee: Bill Fisher, Jean Galloway, Gail Haun, William Scott Heitmann, Scottie Iverson, Nick Lepetsos, John Phillips, Julie Taylor, Lori Wager
Joel Quenneville, event Grand Marshall with Debbie and Nick Lepetsos, president of First American State Bank and Mark Randall, former Nuggets player and event Grand Marshall.
The seventh annual First American State Bank Fitness Festival was held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Crescent Park in Greenwood Village. The Festival included the Kaiser Permanente 5K run/walk, food samplings from some of the top restaurants in the area, entertainment, silent auction, prizes and lots of family fun.
This year’s Grand Marshals included Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville and former Denver Nugget and Cherry Creek High School graduate Mark Randall. “This year is sure to be a record year for attendance – the early registration numbers exceeded the total attendance from last year’s event,” said Debbie Lepetsos, president of First American State Bank.
The team spirit was strong this year with community members, volunteers, students and parents from Cherry Creek High School, Eaglecrest High School, Smokey Hill High School, Laredo Middle School, Prairie Middle School, Creekside Elementary, a new addition to Cherry Creek School District, Buffalo Trail Elementary and more. The morning event was jam packed with great food and fun.
One of the main goals of this event is to raise funds and awareness for the Community Asset Project (CAP), which is a partner with the Cherry Creek School District. “CAP is a beautiful organization for the community. It provides assets that are the basic life skills and attributes that are critical building blocks for young people's successful growth and development,” said Brenda Holben, CAP Prevention Coordinator.
At the event, the community participated in a 5k run/walk, a stellar silent auction with items like a Joe Sakic jersey and jewelry from Hyde Park and an after-party with 13 fine community restaurants serving food samplers as racers came off the finish line. Students from the Academy of Arts and All That Entertainment gave individual vocal performances on Crescent Park’s lawn while kids played Speed Stackers or jumped on an air playground that was provided. The adults collected backpacks and water bottles from Kaiser Permanente and other giveaways while each participant received a 2007 First American State Bank Fitness Festival T-shirt, designed by Creekside Elementary school student Emily Abele.
The Fitness Festival raised $68,000 in 2006 for the Community Asset Project (CAP). During the past six years, the Festival has raised more than $350,000 to support CAP in its efforts to foster and develop positive behaviors and attitudes in children. The partnership that CAP has with the Cherry Creek School District impacts over 50,000 students and their families through many youth leadership trainings and other asset building initiatives.
For more information: www.fasbfitnessfestival.com.