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April 03, 2008 - I Have A Dream Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

What: 20th Anniversary Gala

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: April 3, 2008

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $12,000 Platinum, 6,000 Gold, 3,000 Silver, 300 Individual

Beneficiary: "I Have A Dream" Foundation

Host(s): Rich Rainaldi, Board Presdient

EMCEE: Tamara Banks

Presenting Sponsor(s): Intertech Plastics, GHP Financial Group, Key Bank

Gala Chairperson(s): Noel Ginsburg, Leslie Ginsburg, Robert Hochstadt

Executive Director: Mary Hanewell

Committee Members: Rob Cohen, Michael Hobbs, Steve Kaplan, Gary Moore, Rich Rainaldi

Introductions: Rich Rainaldi

Welcome: Tamara Banks

Speaker: Erin Gruwell, educator and catalyst for social change

Catering: Hyatt Regency

Sponsors: GHP Financial Group, Intertech Plastics, Inc., Key Bank

Quote of the evening: "For a dream to come true you have to start with a dreamer," Erin Gruwell, writer and featured speaker.

Menu: Filet and chocolate sin

Attendance: 800

Attire: business casual

Board of Directors: Board of Directors (as of February 2008): Officers, (Board Office, Business Affiliation, Self-Descriptions)
Rich Rainaldi, President, CiviCore, parent, community volunteer, business person, triathlete; Jacqueline Berardini, VP/Pres. Elect, City of Denver, mom, enviro attorney, hiker, (camp) fire goddess, would-be author; Philip Anthony Washington, Secretary, Regional Transportation District, survivor, parent, motivator, leader, team player, husband; Trevor J. Emery, Treasurer, Wealth Strategy Partners LLC, parent, advisor, volunteer, golfer; Robert L. Loeb, Jr., Past President, Fairfield and Woods, P.C., parent, attorney, sports fan; Directors: (Business Affiliation, Self-Descriptions) Rob L. Alvarado, Palo Alto Inc., friend, business person, volunteer, avid sports fan; Douglas A. Andrews, Apartment Realtor Advisors, parent, real estate advisor, Rotarian; Tamara Banks, media consultant, journalist, equestrian, traveler; Carole Basile, Ed.D., U of CO @ Denver Health & Sci Ctr., teacher, educator, university professor and researcher, parent; Lark Birdsong, Pioneer Fund, parent, business person, cyclist, daughter; Tammy Booth, State Farm Insurance, parent, business woman, marathoner; Ann Cisneros, Ann H. Cisneros Law, LLC, Alexander’s mom; Allan Cohen, Psy.D., psychology practice, psychologist, volunteer, advocate, aspiring author; Robert L. Cohen, IMA, Inc., parent, executive, financial services, community volunteer; Tomago Collins, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, friend; Cole Finegan, Hogan & Hartson LLP, parent, attorney, political activist; George J. Flanders, Lockheed Martin, entrepreneur, community and credit union leader, a cappella aficionado; Leslie Ginsburg, volunteer, parent, designer, Bronco nut; Michael B. Hobbs, Key Bank, proud parent of 2, sports enthusiast, banker, passion for education; Robert W. Hochstadt, GHP Horwath, P.C., father, husband, community activist, bike rider, friend; Tracy Huggins, Denver Urban Renewal Authority, parent, business person, wife, stress junkie; Sonny Jackson, Denver Police Dept. Info Office, friend, family member, father, journalist, snowshoer, bike rider; Michael Johnston, Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts principal, mediocre chess player, author, Broncos fan; Stephen H. Kaplan, Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell LLP, parent, education advocate, attorney, former third baseman; Anabel C. McHugh (Mrs. Jerome P.), The McHugh Family Foundation, parent and grandparent, founding board member, community volunteer; Gary Mitchell, Anton Collins Mitchell LLP, parent, advisor, wanna-be-golfer, habitual business owner; Cherrelyn A. Napue, Metropolitan State College of Denver, wife, mom; Oscar M. Olivas, Dennis Green Ltd., parent, athlete, volunteer, lifetime student, servant, leader, die-hard Bronco fan; Sen. Chris Romer, CO State Senate/JPMorgan Chase, state senator, parent, founding board member, children’s advocate; Justin L Roth, DDS, private practice, husband, parent, grandparent, mentor, education advocate, orthodontist; Alan Seiver, Grubb & Ellis Company, husband, parent, Denver native, community volunteer; Eric Sondermann, SE2, media/message consultant, political pundit, voracious reader, serious hockey fan; Loan Vo, Merrill Lynch, entrepreneur, financial advisor, tennis player, Dreamer alumna; Stephen L. Wenner, Wenner Silvestain & Co., CPAs, husband, father, friend, business person, wannabe golfer; Rusty Wehner, CTX Mortgage, parent, founding board member, real estate broker, youth soccer coach; Richard Weill, retired, husband, grandfather, retired business person; Antwan Wilson, Montbello High School, parent, mentor, reader, educator.

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Harris

 Anabel McHugh - founder and former board member, left, Ada Diaz, board member with Bob Hochstadt, event co-chair
Anabel McHugh - founder and former board member, left, Ada Diaz, board member with Bob Hochstadt, event co-chair


Colorado "I Have a Dream" Foundation Celebrates 20 years

"For a dream to come true you have to start with a dreamer," Erin Gruwell of Freedom Writers and featured speaker.

The 20th Anniversary of the Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation was celebrated at the Hyatt downtown Denver on Thursday night April 3, 2008. More than 800 people, including political leaders, community supporters, businesses, sponsors, volunteers and youth dreamers joined the award-winning non-profit organization, whose mission is to help youth from Denver’s disadvantaged communities to graduate from high school.

Amongst the supporters were Mayor John Hickenlooper, who expressed pride in introducing the Summit Award winners, Jazzaire Fejeran and Jess Vega, and commented how these two amazing individuals overcame what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to find hope through the "I Have A Dream Foundation" and to get accepted to college.

Governor Bill Ritter expressed that the vision of this foundation in support of at risk children is the best at what they do. The efforts to provide caring and continued support, with such committed volunteers as Leslie and Noel Ginsburg, has been an inspiration to all.

Other long-time community supporters in attendance were Dr. Dean Prina, Steve Levey, Sr. Principal/CEO of GHP Horwath, Danny Buscarello with Remax Alliance and Anita Padilla-Fitzgerald of Megastar Financial. Several of the 2001-2007 roastees were present as 2008 honorary co-hosts: Joe Blake (Denver Metro Chamber); Mayor Wellington Webb; University of Colorado President, Bruce Benson and Denver City Mayor John Hickenlooper.

"I Have A Dream" Board President Rich Rainaldi was given standing applause when he announced that the foundation raised more than $2 million locally in support of its mission. He also thanked the three $25,000 event presenting sponsors: Intertech Plastics, GHP Financial Group and Key Bank.

Keynote speaker, now famed educator Erin Gruwell, and former student and original Freedom Writer Maria Reyes inspired the audience with their amazing story of educating and overcoming all odds. Their story, that became the critically acclaimed film "Freedom Writers," proves that commitment, love and sustaining support can transform lives.

In honor of the great leader Martin Luther King, Jr., and his profound ideals, the "I Have a Dream Foundation” was founded on the principal to judge those by the content of their character and nothing else.

If it’s your dream to make a contribution, to volunteer or to support the "I Have a Dream Foundation," visit




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