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
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
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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:
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:
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:
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:
All of these supporters and youth demonstrate that indeed, it is possible to Believe and Achieve.
For more information about local Goodwill Industries, log on to www.goodwilldenver.org.