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May 01, 2008 - KC & Sunshine Band "Get Down Tonight" for Urban Peak

What: concert with K.C. and the Sunshine Band

Where: Fillmore Auditorium

When: May 1, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $250 individual; corporate sponsorships: $10,000 gold; $5,000 silver

Beneficiary: Urban Peak programs to help at-risk youth

Host(s): CoBiz Financial

Staff: Denver Urban Peak: Kay Ramachandran, CEO; Anne Harris, Director of Development & Public Affairs; Matt Padilla, Director of Finance; Kendall Rames, Clinical/Site Manager; Suzanne Kittelson, Housing Coordinator; Carl Knudson, Street Outreach Coordinator; Brian Smith, Case Manager Coordinator; Nichole Stephens, Shelter Coordinator. Colorado Springs: John McIlwee, Executive Director; Angela Michaels, Development Manager; Becky Saad, Shelter Services Coordinator; Renae Gannon Mentor/Volunteer Coordinator

Entertainment: K.C. and the Sunshine Band

Attendance: 1,200

Board of Directors: DENVER: Joanne Reilly, Chair; Rob Alvarado; Ron Barber; Terry Brown; C.J. Chapman; Susan Cheedle; Suzanne Discenza; Jim Grenfell; Allison Johnson; Brooke Johnson; Anita Khanna; Mark Kling; Cecilia Mascarenas; Susan Noble; Howard Pollack; Rich Rainaldi, Past Chair; Alex Ritchie; Trinidad Rodriguez; Dave Ryan; Jackie Sarlo; Jean Scandlyn; Leigh Sinclair; Eric Sondermann; Stefan Stein; Lisa Tessaworicz, Board Chair UPCS; Dick Thomas; Susan Wolff, Dave Younggren.
COLORADO SPRINGS: Lisa Tessaworicz, Chair; Beth Byer; Leslie Cook; Suzanne Discenza; Joellen Froehlich; Jason Gruener-Goss; Christopher Holmes; Charlie Jenkins, Youth Representative; Greg Kleinert, Past Chair; Pat Moyer; Trish Nixon; Pam Osterhouse; Lynn Stone; Joyce Wolf.

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Yuthas/ story by CoBiz and Blacktie staff

 CoBiz Financial Chairman and CEO Steve Bangert, Denver Children's Advocacy Center Executive Director Gizane Indart, Mayor John Hickenlooper and CEO of Urban Peak Kay Ramachandran
CoBiz Financial Chairman and CEO Steve Bangert, Denver Children's Advocacy Center Executive Director Gizane Indart, Mayor John Hickenlooper and CEO of Urban Peak Kay Ramachandran

Attending a fundraiser has never been this much fun! The CoBiz Financial Biz Bash is known for being the most exciting and entertaining event in Denver - and one of the most unique - while raising more than $1.2 million for children.

Now in its eighth year, the Biz Bash has grown to feature top-notch entertainment, amazing and creative food and a uniquely casual atmosphere unlike any other charity event in Denver. It's a party with a serious cause: at-risk children and families. This year's beneficiary, Urban Peak, has greatly contributed to improving our local community, and the Biz Bash aims to support their efforts.

Rock aficionados of all ages converged at the Fillmore Auditorium Thursday night in their finest '70s garb to groove to the sounds of KC & the Sunshine Band. The booty-shaking beats of the world-famous band are still as widely popular today as they were when the band first danced onto the music scene 33 years ago. Harry Wayne Casey – KC, for short – developed a unique fusion of R&B and funk, with a hint of a Latin percussion groove, giving us an impressive string of hits like "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "Shake Your Booty."

KC's vocal delivery, along with the high-voltage stage energy of the entire band, has electrified fans of his music. The band has sold more than 100 million records and received nine Grammy nominations, three Grammy Awards and an American Music Award. As the band's official web site says, KC & The Sunshine Band has been "shakin' bootys since '73" and they sure did tonight.

What a boon for the beneficiary organization, Urban Peak. Urban Peak helps young people overcome homelessness and other real life challenges by providing safety, respect, essential services and a supportive community, empowering them to become self-reliant adults. For more infromation about their programs, log on to


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