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August 05, 2008 - Goodwill Industries Demonstrates You CAN Believe and Achieve

What: Believe & Achieve Celebration Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Where: Red Lion Hotel - Northfield/Stapleton

When: Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Free

Beneficiary: Goodwill educational, mentor, intern and scholarship programs

EMCEE: Steven Kohuth

Welcome: Steven Kohuth

Speaker: Corey Jones

Catering: Red Lion

Quote of the evening: "All business is people business" --Corey Jones

Menu: Chicken Antigua w/ spanish rice and black beans; garden salad; carrot & chocolate cake

Attendance: 300+

Attire: Formal

Hors D'Oeuvres:: Finger salad and varoius dips/chips

Event Coordinator: Alison Oyler

Board of Directors: Tom Athenour, StarQuest Learning; George Bogdewiecz, Chair, Great-West Life; Kathleen Cook, HUB International SW; Brent Drever, QPM Solutions, LLC; Richard Dutkiewicz, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group; Bill Elsner, Secretary, Senior Executive; C. Dale Flowers, Flowers & Associates; Sam Freeman, Retired Executive; Harold Klausner, Past Chair, Watson Wyatt Worldwide; Tamela Lee, City of Denver Division of Small Business Opportunity; David Leonard, WildBlue Communications; Doug Linkhart, Denver City Councilman At-Large; Scott Maierhofer, Green Manning & Bunch; Carrie Mesch, Mesch Commercial James R. Meurer JR Meurer & Company; Todd Munson, Vice Chair, JPMorgan Chase; Jason Romero, Wells Fargo Bank, NA; W. Dean Salter, Holme Roberts & Owen; Bill Schmidt, Schmidt & Horen; Van Schoales, Piton Foundation; John Shunk, Messner & Reeves; Erin Smyth, Denver Auxiliary; Gully Stanford, College in Colorado; Steven Swain, Treasurer, Qwest Communications; Dorothy Walker, Ball Corporation; Cliff Young, Univ of Colorado & Health Sciences Center.

Blacktie Photos by: Scott Holter

 Dean Nakayama, Enrique Trujillo, Doosuur Gambe - Earn 'n Learn for five years and counting awardees
Dean Nakayama, Enrique Trujillo, Doosuur Gambe - Earn 'n Learn for five years and counting awardees

People in Denver enjoy the shopping excursions and bargain hunting at Goodwill stores around the city. What most people don't realize, however, is the extent to which volunteers and supporters make the efforts of Goodwill possible and successful.

On August 5, more than 300 people gathered at the Red Lion Inn in order to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Goodwill Industries Believe and Achieve youth program.

Here are some of the highlights:

Many people aren't aware, but 17% of the students in metro Denver chosen for the Daniels Fund scholarship come directly from Goodwill programs. Proud recipients of the Daniels Fund scholarship from Goodwill this year include:

  • Christine Ingram                                    
  • Hana Ikal                                              
  • Kristina Lance                                      
  • Waverly Loza                                        
  • Nagham Swade
  • Lakeisha Matthews
  • Tulsi Shaw
  • Crystal Saragosa
  • Jesse Nguyen
  • Brandon Martin
  • Vanessa Radatur
  • Chris Kram
  • Akua Pokua-Nuako
  • Assiyah Simmons

Next, winners of the Bradbury Scholarship were announced. Each year, Goodwill hosts the driving for diplomas golf tournament.  Proceeds from this event go to the Bradbury Scholarship.  Established by Tom and Sara Bradbury, the scholarship is a distinction awarded to students who are victorious in their determination to overcome hardship and accomplish their dreams. Winners were:

  • Unique Flores
  • Tess Jackson
  • Akua Pokua Nuako
  • Antonia Ramirez

Next on the program was the scholarship recipient from corporate partner Good Feet of Colorado. Lucky winner of this award this year was Keisha Jefferson.

Recognized at the ceremony were the many corporate partners who offered internships for youth and help them carve out their future. Especially honored were those partners who have hired a Goodwill intern for at least five years, including: 

  • Brownstein, Farber, Hyatt, Schreck
  • Moye White, LLC
  • Great West Life
  • Wolf, Slatkin & Madison 

Recognized for mentor/mentee excellence were Denver Summer Bridge and Adams County Social Services.

Next came the awards for the really amazing group of kids who have been true ambassadors for Goodwill in our schools.  Having dealt with their own share of hard times, they now strive to spread the word about Goodwill in the schools so that the lives of youth today can be positively changed. Goodwill’s Youth Advisory Council: Akua Pokua Nuako, Graduate, George Washington High School, Jose Carrizales, Sesily Davila, Dayana Emery, Rocio Estrada, Unique Flores, Nery Fuentes, Eduardo Gutierrez, Derek Rivera, Deidra Ward, Tess Jackson, Keiera Dickerson, Becky Miller, Othello Nyema, Julio Parra, Antonia Ramirez, Nayeli Retana, Jesus Trevizo and Nichole Berg.

To round out the appreciative awards, the 360 awards were given to those corporations that do it all – provide volunteers, mentors, give to Goodwill financially, hire interns and hire students long-term. Recipients were:

  • Xcel Energy & IBEW 111, presented by Goodwill intern Chris Martinez. Chris is a former high school dropout and was re-engaged in education at West Career Academy ; becoming one of their first graduates this May. 
  • Cricket Communications, presented by Fernando Martinez. With a smile that can win anyone over, Fernando is eager to learn and very optimistic about his future.  He is very active in a multitude of things--in addition to his internship with Cricket, he attended a program for high school students at CU, volunteers at the Denver Dumb Friends League and is an avid road cyclist.

All of these supporters and youth demonstrate that indeed, it is possible to Believe and Achieve.

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