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June 12, 2008 - Smart-Girl Good Guy Roundup

Where: Cherry Hills Village Club

When: Thursday, June 12, 2008

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Cowpokes (Adults): $125 each; Buckaroos (kids 12 & under): $50 each; bring the whole herd (2 adults & 2 kids) for $325

Beneficiary: Smart-Girl programs in the Denver Public School System

Honoree(s): Frank Gonzales, Chuck McKenney, Edric Starbird, Bill Stevenson

EMCEE: Susie Wargin, 9News Sports Anchor

Founders: Alma Lantz, Debra McKenney, Becky Orr, Kristine Shaw

Entertainment: Lannie Garrett (as Patsy DeCline)

Sponsors: The Schaden Family Foundation

Attire: Western

Board of Directors: Alma Lantz, founder, President Emeritus and board member; Debra McKenney, founder and board member; Becky Orr, founder; Kristine Shaw, founder and board chair; Edric Starbird, vice chair; Stephanie Ohnmacht, treasurer; Abby Ferber, programs chair; Christina Carosella, development chair; Robin Glickstein, marketing chair; Sue Seserman, public relations lead; Melanie Gilbert, secretary; Mary Coussons-Read; Rashin D'Angelo; Kevin Kearney; Michael Mirabella, Esq.; Vivian Vanden Oever

Blacktie Photos by: T. DeVolder

 Heather Grimshaw, left, Ern Landeck, Randy Sanson, Chris Caroselli
Heather Grimshaw, left, Ern Landeck, Randy Sanson, Chris Caroselli

The Smart-Girl Good Guy Roundup was a fun family event held on June 12, with lots of great food, music, dancing and activities geared for adults and kids alike. Dinner featured a finger-lickin’ chuck wagon topped off with s’mores around a campfire. There was a host of cowpoke party games, including calf roping, horseshoes, pony rides and funny farm balloon jumping for the little ones, that thoroughly entertained the posse.

Thanks to Smart-Girl, today’s middle school girls can acquire and practice the skills they need to keep themselves safe, healthy and happy. All the fun of the Old West, including headliner--versatile entertainer  Lannie Garrett and her band--entertained the crowd at the Smart-Girl’s fundraising event. In addition to raising critical funds for Smart-Girl, the Smart-Girl Good Guy Roundup gave awards to all the “good guys” who have mentored, inspired and supported smart girls and women. Just in time for Father’s Day, the Smart-Girl Good Guy Roundup was held at the Village Club in Cherry Hills Village.

Smart-Girl is a non-profit, research-based organization that gives adolescent girls the skills they need to make smart personal choices and become capable, confident and self-reliant women. It is Colorado’s only “near peer” guided program, teaming small groups of middle school aged girls with highly trained high school and college-aged leaders to address critical issues in a safe, fun and interactive environment.

Fortunately, Smart-Girl often gets help with its mission from good guys who assist the girls and women in their lives in reaching their highest potential. These “guys” may be fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, coaches, teachers, mentors or friends. At the Smart-Girl Good Guy Roundup, Smart-Girl’s founding members and its CEO honored the good guys in their lives. Co-founder Debra McKenney recognized her husband Chuck McKenney, whom she credits with helping to raise two wonderful, smart girls, championing women in the world of commercial real estate, and making it possible for her to give the time and resources necessary to make Smart-Girl a success.

Co-founder Kris Shaw acknowledged businessman Bill Stevenson because of his unparalleled support of youth in the community. Stevenson’s Kindness Scholarships, established more than a decade ago, are awarded to youth who demonstrate outstanding character. Today, Kindness Scholarships also help Smart-Girl program guides attend the Smart-Girl Leadership Institute, where they receive training in youth development.

Co-founder Alma Lantz saluted Edric Starbird, Vice President of the Smart-Girl board of directors. Starbird has helped Smart-Girl transform from a working concept to an executable service program ready for wide distribution. Finally, Smart-Girl CEO Nicky Marone honored Kepner Middle School Principal Frank Gonzales. With more than 30 years in the Denver Public Schools, Gonzales knows the value of the Smart-Girl program and gives the gift to every middle school girl at his campus.

For more information on the Smart-Girl organization, please call (303) 815-1921 or go to

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