May 15, 2008 - Project PAVE Envisions a World Without Relationship Violence
What: Transformations - 12th Annual Project PAVE/Janus Foundation Scholarship Luncheon
When: Thursday, May 15, 2008
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $100 & $75 - $1,000 per table
Beneficiary: Project PAVE
Mistress of Ceremonies: Anne Trujillo of Denver Channel 7 News
Honoree(s): 12 scholarship recipients: Tristan Ashmore, Monica Ayon, Joseph Breese, Jhoselyne Canales, Jazzarie Fejeran, Amy Hall, Diana Klych, Cara Lipford, Mary Peterson, Brandy Scott, Jhanavi Stein, Gilbert Trujillo
Presenting Sponsor(s): Scholarship Awards: The Janus Foundation
Gala Chairperson(s): Marc Levine of SPL Real Estate & Management Company
Honorary Chairperson(s): First Lady Jeannie Ritter
Corporate Chairperson(s): Scholarship Chair: Elaine Gampel
Founders: Jeanne Elliott
Executive Director: Michael Johnson
Committee Members: Scholarship Luncheon: Marti Awad, Amanda Fein, Elaine Gampel, Ken Hyman, Claire Jacobson, Courtney Johnson, Michael Johnson, Kelli Kindel, Marc Levine, Jaime Peterson, Steve Werner, Amy Yuratovac; Scholarship Review: Michael Alcott, Marti Awad, Cathy Carretero-Ferrufino, MD, Patricia (PC) Crown, Ph.D., Jill DiPasquale, Gerald Gaines, Elaine Gampel, Ken Hyman, Michael Johnson, Evie Makovsky, Marcie Moore-Gantz, Jaime Peterson, Jeannie Ritter, Amy Stambuk
Staff: Linnette Barreto, School Based Counselor; Adam Evans, Director of School Based Programs; Melina Fraga, Violence Prevention Educator; Jaime Peterson, Development Director; Stephanie Roman, School Based Counselor; Rachel Shapiro, Financial Manager; Amy Stambuk, Clinical Director; Natalie Ward, Child & Family Therapist
Introductions: First Lady Jeannie Ritter introducing three scholarship recipient alumni
Welcome: Anne Trujillo, Channel 7 News
Speaker: Michael Johnson, PAVE Executive Director, First Lady Jeannie Ritter, Tracie Papantones, Janus Foundation Vice President; Scholarship Recipients:Jhoselyne Canales, Jazzarie Fejeran & Tristan Ashmore
Catering: Epicurean Catering
Entertainment: The divine mesmerizing dancing of Rebekah Johnson from East High School
Of note: Closing Remarks: Elaine Gampel, President - Project PAVE Board of Directors
Sponsors: Title Sponsor: Newmont Mining Company. Platinum Star Sponsors: The Crown Family, The Janus Foundation. Gold Star Sponsors: Bank of the West, Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, Ellen Scott. Silver Star Sponsors: Colorado Business Bank, D&I, Design Works by Dave & Mike, Etkin Johnson Group, First Bank Holding Co., The Laff Foundation, Markwest Energy Partners, Inc., Morrison & Foerster, SPL Real Estate & Management Co., UBS Financial Services/Elaine Gampel. Bronze Star Sponsors: Bank of Choice, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, Colorado Capital Bank, Concerts for Kids, Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Piton Foundation, United Materials, Wells Fargo. Patron Table Sponsors: Academy Roofing, American Natonal Bank, Capital Investment Management Company, Catherine Carretero-Ferrufino, MD, CH2M Hill, Community Banks of Colorado, Epicurean Catering, Diane & Charles Gallagher Family Fund, KBNO Radio, Kelli Kindel Events, Inc., Lisa & Roger Koenigsberg, Merrill Corporation, Chris Starkey/Starkey Productions & Pro Entertainment, Talty Insurance Company, Whole Foods Market.
Florist: Design Works by Dave and Mike designed beautiful floral centerpieces - each with butterflies in them.
Information: www.ProjectPAVE.org; 303-322-2382
Event Coordinator: Jaime Peterson
Decor/Rental Company: Design Works by Dave and Mike created beautiful fluttering butterfly-themed decor throughout the room.
Board of Directors: President: Elaine Gampel, Members: Raydean Acevedo, Michael Alcott, Marti Awad, Cathy Carretero-Ferrufino MD, Kenneth G. Crichlow, DDS, Patricia (PC) Crown, Ph.D., Gerald Gaines, Michael Hammell, Michelle Kales, Kelli R. Kindel, Marc Levine, Jon Lorenz, Marcie Moore-Gantz, Jeannie Ritter, Cecilia Sanchez de Ortiz, Shawn C. Worthy, Ph.D.
Blacktie Photos by: Nancy Koontz
Marc Levine, event chair, with First Lady Jeannie Ritter, Project PAVE Board Member
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." --Maya Angelou
For the 12th year, "butterflies" were spiritually set free in the Seawell Ballroom at the "Transformations - Annual Project PAVE/Janus Foundation Scholarship Luncheon."
The 12 graduating high school seniors/scholarship recipients (each receiving an initial scholarship of $3,500 from the Janus Foundation) spoke about their personal, poignant stories of rising above violence and abuse with their strength, courage, and resilience. Their heartfelt words left everyone in the audience transformed, inspired and deeply moved. To quote one of the young "role model" recipents - Jazzarie Fejeran: "I discovered that I am strong, and I have the courage to do whatever I set my heart to. I have learned that someday I want to help others who have experienced abuse. I do not see myself as a victim, but as a survivor!"
Project PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence Through Education) is a 22-year non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to end the cycle of relationship violence. Relationship violence is emotional, sexual or physical violence experienced within a family or interpersonal relationship. PAVE’s goal is to stop the generational cycle of violence by teaching youth positive social skills and counseling children and youth who have experienced such violence. Project PAVE is made up of counselors, teachers, children, youth, parents, corporate supporters, individual volunteers, and donors.
PAVE has helped thousands of children, youth, and families to physically and emotionally break free of relationship violence by giving them the tools and skills they need to survive. Contributions made to Project PAVE make it possible for the organization to:
- Prevent violence through education.
- Detect children and youth who are at risk for violence in their lives.
- Intervene for children and families in need of relationship violence counseling.
The ballroom at the Scholarship Luncheon was decorated with artsy, colorful butterfly screen images on the stage and throughout the room, representing the transformation a butterfly makes when it goes from being a caterpillar to a free-flying butterfly. It's the same powerful metamorphasis that occurs when an abused young person - with the help and support of an organizaton like Project PAVE - breaks away from life-threatening violence and moves on to achieving the free and happy life they deserve through a college education.
"Like the butterfly, I have the strength and the hope to believe that in time, I will emerge from my cocoon....transformed." --Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS
(Donations to Project PAVE can be made online at: www.projectpave.org - or by calling the PAVE office at: 303-322-2382.)