March 13, 2008 - Goodwill's Power of Work Luncheon 2008
What: Goodwill Industries of Denver POWER of Work Lunch
When: Thursday, March 13, 2008
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $25 per person $200 for table of 9
Beneficiary: at Risk Youth
Host(s): Goodwill Industries of Denver
Honoree(s): Terri Cossel, Trisha Maki, Lucretia Lee, Christopher T. VanDegrift-Kram, Niishia Hysaw, Nayeli Retana, Robert Clam & Othello Nyema, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, State Farm Insurance
EMCEE: Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS anchor
President(s): Tim Welker
Introductions: Tim Welker, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Denver
Welcome: Kim Christiansen
Speaker: Jeff Evans
Catering: Bistro Boys Catering
Sponsors: Luncheon Sponsor: Qwest
Quote of the evening: "I want to be the Moon. The Sun can be too hot and everyone complains. The snow comes and everyone complains. But no one complains about the moon." --from awardee, Othello Nyema, speaking of how he wants to be able to give back to the community.
Menu: Early spring greens salad with citrus vingairette, chicken breast stuffed with broccoli & cheese, new potatoes tossed in dill butter and orange buttered green beans & glazed carrots, savory vegetable strudel, birthday cupcake “tier”
Attire: Business casual
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: Billie Rommes
Niishia Hysaw receives the Power of Youth Award at the Goodwill Power of Work lunch from Joyce Schlose
Goodwill Industries has been serving the needs of Denver for 90 years. On Thursday, March 13th, they celebrated with 600 of their friends at the 2008 Power of Work Luncheon, held at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. But this celebration was all about giving, as they gave honor to eight outstanding individuals and two of their community partners.
Each year, Goodwill selects a group of people who have used their programs and resources to better their lives. This year's honorees were once again an inspiring group with heart-warming stories of overcoming difficulties and challenges and moving forward to accomplish great things. The 2008 honorees and awards are as follows:
Kim Christiansen, 9NEWS Anchor, was the gracious emcee for the lunch. She welcomed the attendees and gave introductions of the awards and their recipients. A very touching video presentation of each honoree was played before each award. The video gave us insight into each honoree and their inspiring stories. A further highlight was mountaineering guide & motivational speaker Jeff Evans, who took the stage to share his incredible story of a "climbing vision." Jeff recounted his role as the primary climbing guide for blind climber, Erik Weihenmayer. Through his experience with Erik, he brought home the message of creating a vision of teamwork and commitment, which not only fits the goals and accomplishments of the organizations and individuals honored at the Power of Work lunch, but those of Goodwill and its powerful programs.
Goodwill Industries has been serving the metro Denver community for 90 years. A pioneer in utilizing a successful retail business model to fund an underserved community, the agency’s mission is to ensure every person has the opportunity to attain personal and economic self-sufficiency and live to his or her potential. Goodwill has always been on the forefront of using the Power of Work to transform lives.
Beginning in 1918, one of Goodwill's first programs was to serve disabled veterans returning from World War I. Since then, Goodwill has continued to meet the needs of the Denver-metro community. Today, Goodwill helps at-risk youth as well as disadvantaged and disabled adults obtain the necessary skills to maintain self-sufficiency through employment. To learn more about Goodwill and the programs, please visit www.goodwilldenver.org