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May 02, 2008 - Denver Broncos Help to Celebrate Youth of the Year

What: Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver Youth Gala

Where: Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: Friday May 2, 2008

Time: 6:15 p.m.

Beneficiary: At Risk Youth

Master of Ceremonies: Govenor Bill Ritter and Mayor John Hickenlooper

Honoree(s): Pat Bowlen and the Denver Football Club

Corporate Chairperson(s): Chairman - Steve McConahey - SGM Capital, LLP; Vice Chairman - John M. Shaw - OPUS Northwest, LLC

President(s): Kathy Luna

Co-President(s): Vice President of Finance: Phil Bloise; Vice President of Development: Amy Robinson

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Quote of the evening: When asked if Dominique Foxworth, Champ Bailey and Boss Bailey could take a picture with Pat Bowlen and Former Denver Bronco Billy Thompson, Dominique asked "Who? - I have never heard of these guys"

Attendance: 700

Board of Directors: Board Secretary - Margaret Cannon Morrissey - Fulcrum Foundation; Patricia Baca - Community Leader; Jeff Bershof - OZ Architecture; Edward Brown - Merrill Lynch; Rafael Bustillo - Compass Bank; Samuel Butler lll - Philip T. Sharples Trust; Linda Campbell - Bread for the Journey of Denver; Kendall Carbone - SunCor Energy, Inc.; Max Caulkins - Caulkins Family Foundation; Lori Corless-Kennedy - Wells Fargo; Peter Cudlip - Alberta Development Partners, LLC; Cindy Kellogg - Denver Broncos Football Club; Sidney Gates - Community Leader; Matthew L. Gold - Conquer Creek Holdings, LLC; Tim Griggs - FSN Rocky Mountain; Patrick H. Hamill - Oakwood Homes, LLC; Nesa Hassanein - The Sports Authority; George Hopfenbeck - Retired, Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP; James R. Howell - James R. Howell & Company; Abby Humphrey - Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten; Dan Igoe - Pure Brand Communications; Brandon Johnson - Johnson Financial Group, LLC; Jon Kinning - Performance Building Services; Laurie Korneffel – Qwest; Charles M. McDaniel - Lockton Companies, LLC; Haven Moses - Denver Inner City Parish; James M. Mulligan - Esq., Fairfield and Woods, P.C.; Will F. Nicholson, Jr. - Retired, Rocky Mountain Bank Card; William O'Connell, Jr. - Retired, Lockton Companies, LLC; Thomas R. O'Donnell - Holland & Hart; Marc A. Parker - US Bank; Brent Powers - Powers Products Company; Christopher W. Shean - Liberty Media Corporation; Robert M. Shopneck - Pinetree Financial Partners; John D. Strohm - Farrell-Roeh Group, LLC; Michael Touff - M.D.C. Holdings, Inc./Richmond American Homes; Greg Vickers - The Vickers Foundation; Scott Wylie - First Western Financial, Inc.
ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Brendan Addis, Addis Consulting, Inc; Valeria Alberola, Q Advisors; Joseph Assell, GolfTec; Katina Banks, Dorsey and Whitney, LLP; Dana Brimmer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chris Bird, QC Data Inc.; Lambert Bunker, Primitive Logic; Aimee Caldwell-George, Customer Centric Solutions; Barry Capoot, Green, Manning & Bunch; Louie Cohen, Republic Financial Corporation; Matt Edgar, CB Richard Ellis; Kevin Foltz, Continuum Partners, LLC; Meg Franko, The Franko Group, Ltd.; Ken Gooden, Staubach; Alex Hammerstein, CB Richard Ellis; Doug Heller, Periodontal Associates; Thomas Jones, Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs; Jeffrey Kesselman, Sherman and Howard, LLC; Jon Kinning, Performance Building Services; Christian Lewis, First Western Trust Bank; Evan Lichtenfels, Legend Retail Group; Chad Mitchell, FirstBank of Adams County; Jeff Nelligan, Smith Barney; Patrick Newland, Hercules Industries; Tim Osburn, Lockton Companies; Valeri Pappas, Davis & Ceriani; John Reinsma, Community Leader; Jennifer Rice, Community Leader; Scott Rice, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Steve Richards, Mile High Outdoor Advertising; Michael Schatz, The Restaurant Source; Diane Shurtleff, Navteq; Joe Slavik, Howell Construction; Phil Soderborg, Haselden Construction; Chris Stoeber, Integer Group; Brian Wallace, Access Venture Partners
HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBERS: Edwin W. Baker, Jr.; R. Gale Daniel; Richard L. Deane; Richard L. Eicher; George Hopfenbeck; R. Edgar Johnson; Charles J. Kall; C. Howard Kast; Charles H. Luther, Jr. ; Neil McLagan ; Lee Nelson; Thomas Owen; Jane Prancan; Moses Taylor; Vernon Taylor, Jr.; J.A. Vickers

Blacktie Photos by: John DiTirro

 Steve McConahey and Alexandria Batiste, recipient from the Boettcher Branch
Steve McConahey and Alexandria Batiste, recipient from the Boettcher Branch

When you think of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver it brings back a lot of memories from years past. This organization has done some marvelous things for the children throughout the Metro area. And it was time to recognize some of the outstanding boys and girls who have made positive differences in lives.

The Seawell Grand Ballroom was just a place to hold such honors. Friday night the ballroom was very elegantly designed and you could tell there were a lot of sports enthusiasts in the room as well. With all the silent auction items autographed by professional athletes in all sports, this event was one not to be missed.

And not to be missed were not only the children in the ballroom but some professional athletes as well. Pat Bowlen - owner and CEO of the Denver Broncos was there with his wife Annabel and some of the players as well--Dominique Foxworth, Champ Bailey and newly acquired teammate Boss Bailey. Along with these gentlemen was former Denver Bronco Billy Thompson. Billy has been a long time supporter of the Boys and Girls Club, as has Mr. Bowlen and the entire team.

The looks on the children's faces were a sight to see as these gentlemen moved amongst the guests, smiling and bidding on silent auction items. The Youth of the Year Award is presented annually to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s most outstanding members. Honorees are selected based on year-long efforts in the areas of leadership, academic achievement, community service and overcoming obstacles. This year's recipients were:  

  • Shonnetta Henry, 2008 City Youth of the Year, Wilfley Branch
  • Guy Johnson, 2008 City Junior Youth of the Year, Denver Broncos Branch
  • Ca’la Connors, 2008 Junior Youth of the Year, Boettcher Branch
  • Moises Banuelos,2008 Junior Youth of the Year, Cope Branch
  • Justine Bautista, 2008 Junior Youth of the Year, Johnson Branch
  • Erick Medrano, 2008 Junior Youth of the Year, Owen Branch
  • Kenji Lilly, 2008 Junior Youth of the Year, Shopneck Branch
  • Nash Hahn, 2008 Junior Youth of the Year, Wilfley Branch
  • Alexandria Batiste, 2008 Youth of the Year, Boettcher Branch
  • Diana Johnson,2008 Youth of the Year, Denver Broncos Branch
  • Javier Silva Acosta, 2008 Youth of the Year, Cope Branch
  • Jacqueline Guardado, 2008 Youth of the Year, Johnson Branch
  • Lupita Flores, 2008 Youth of the Year, Owen Branch
  • Dylan Torres, 2008 Youth of the Year, Shopneck Branch

The 2008 Champion of Youth Award was presented to Pat Bowlen and the Denver Broncos Football Club. Mr. Bowlen has pledged $1.2 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver to operate the Broncos Boys & Girls Club in Montebello, which opened in August of 2003. Additionally, under his leadership, the Denver Broncos Football Club has been integrally involved in club expansion with the opening of the Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center this spring, in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs’ mission of providing hope and opportunity to more and more youth in our community.

Yes, the clubs have been in existence for a long time and will continue to grow, especially in Colorado with the help and support that was received here tonight. If you would like to learn more about a location near you or would like to help volunteer your time and talents, contact the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver at 303-892-9200 or email them at

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