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May 13, 2008 - An Night at Zengo for Denver Public Schools Foundation

Where: Zengo Restaurant Riverfront Park Downtown

When: May 13, 2008

Time: 5 p.m. to 7p.m.

Ticket Prices: Suggested $50.00 donation

Beneficiary: Denver Public Schools Foundation A to Z Fund

Host(s): Barbara Berv, President DPS Foundation

President(s): Barbara Berv

Staff: Natalie Wilkins, Tiffany Cooley, Mary Spillane

Welcome: Barbara Berv

Speaker: Jennifer Robertson

Libations: Cocktails

Catering: Zengo Restaurant

Sponsors: Zengo Restaurant and Riverfront Park

Menu: Hor's d'oeuvres and cocktails

Attendance: 45 to 60

Attire: Casual

Special Thanks: Jennifer Robertson

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Zengo Restaurant

Event Coordinator: Ana Smith and Corinne McGarey

Board of Directors: Kristin Richardson, chair; Elaine Gantz Berman, vice chair; Leslie Mitchell, treasurer; Francisco Garcia, secretary; Michael Benet, superintendent, DPS; Barbara Berv; Scott Binder; Joe Blake; Scott Carpenter, Linda Childears; Cole Finegan, Cathey Finlon, Noel Ginsburg; Bruce Hoyt, Christopher Hunt; Mariner Kemper; Donna Lynne; Carrie Morgridge; Rich Rainaldi; Lola Salazar; Mark Smith; Ronald Williams

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Bergos

 Jennifer Robertson, left, and President Barbara Berv
Jennifer Robertson, left, and President Barbara Berv

It couldn't have been a nicer Spring evening as supporters of the Denver Public Schools Foundation gathered at Zengo in downtown Denver Tuesday, May 12. All proceeds will go directly to the DPS Foundation's A to Z Fund and will be matched by the Riverfront Park Community Foundation up to $10,000. The A to Z Fund provides grants to individual schools for activities and materials that enrich student learning.

The Denver Public Schools Foundation raises and manages funds in support of the district’s ambitious reform plan – The Denver Plan – to improve student achievement.  Through top-notch professional development for principals, enhanced teacher training, improved curriculum and quality of instruction, student enrichment programs, and community partnerships, we are helping to reshape Denver Public Schools into the leading big city school district in the country.

President Barbara Berv said a few words of thanks for supporters, and teacher Jennifer Robertson graciously talked about her experiences, to the delight of the audience. The Foundation also recently welcomed well-known community leader, Kristin Richardson as new board chair to replace Bruce Benson, who moved on to become the president of the University of Colorado.

Areas of funding directly support the three overall goals set forth in the Denver Plan to improve student achievement:

Goal #1 - Elevating the Quality of Teaching and Instruction in the Classroom

Goal #2 - Training Principals for Leadership

Goal #3 - Engaging the Community to Enrich the Classroom

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