February 19, 2009 - Hyatt Regency Denver Honors Former Speaker Romanoff
What: Hyatt Regency Denver Honors Former Colorado Speaker o the House Andrew Romanoff
When: Thursday, February 19, 2009
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Host(s): Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Honoree(s): Former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff
Welcome: Skip Harless- Executive Assistant Manager, Hyatt
Speaker: Christy Honigman- Artists, Peggy Lehmann- Denver City Council District 4, Bernie Karshmer
Catering: Hyatt Regency Catering
Sponsors: Supporting Sponsors: SCFD, Key Bank, Rose Community Foundation, Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, Xcel Energy, Great Plains
Quote of the evening: "We are much more alike than we are different." Christy Honigman, speaking about her inspiration for the Tikkun Olam Exibit
Special Thanks: To the many participants and volunteers
Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes
Skip Harless (l) Executive Assistant Manager for the Hyatt, Peggy Lehmann- Denver City Council District 4, Bernie Karshmer, Christy Honigman and former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff
Former Colorado Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff was honored at a reception hosted by the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center in conjunction with the Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World Exhibition on display in the hotel’s lobby at 650 Fifteenth Street until April 30th.
The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, and can be viewed at any time. In conjunction with the exhibit, The Mizel Museum’s 2009 Tikkun Olam Ambassador Award was presented to Romanoff at the Hyatt Regency Denver on Thursday, February 19th. The Tikkun Oman exhibition was created by Christy Honigman. The concept of the exhibition, in a collaborative effort with the Mizel Museum, is a compilation of the works of many survivors of torture and exile and illustrates the common healing thread that weaves through all of them--that of the need for social justice, peace, freedom and equality. What makes the exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Denver particularly compelling for the hotel’s staff is that five of their associates contributed to it. With a very diverse work force in place, these Hyatt associates come from varying backgrounds and foreign countries to include Peru, Russia and Sierra Leone and some suffered abuses.
Originated in the Jewish community in the 16th century, Tikkun Olam, which is Hebrew for “To Repair the World”, has evolved into a global movement of all races and creeds promoting intercultural respect and awareness. The exhibition features 12 seven-foot, five-paneled columns upon which 54 participants from 27 countries, none of whom are professional artists, interpret the universal values of world repair in pictures, poems and songs. Honigman said, “This project demonstrates the power of art to heal.” Honigman continued, “Former Speaker Andrew Romanoff was chosen for the Mizel Museum’s 2009 Tikkun Olma Ambassador Award because, in his role as a legislator, his convictions related to principles of justice. As Speaker, he built bridges of understanding in an atmosphere of strong political differences, performing admirably and providing vision and leadership at a critical time.”
Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World serves as the third component of the Mizel Museum’s flagship educational program, Bridges of Understanding. In addition to the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, the project is sponsored by The Allied Jewish Federation, Xcel Energy, Great Plains Moving and Storage, Key Bank, The Rose Foundation and SCFD. The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center stands 37 stories high with 1,100 guest rooms and 60,600 square feet of conference space. It is part of the Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world’s premier hotel companies with properties in 45 countries, provides authentic hospitality to guests through a passionate commitment to personalized service, cultural relevance, and genuine stewardship of the environment. Headquartered in Chicago, the company’s affiliates own, operate, manage and franchise Hyatt-branded hotels and resorts under Park Hyatt®, Andaz™, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Resorts™, Hyatt®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® brands. Hyatt operates 368 hotels worldwide and currently has properties under development on five continents. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. and operator of Hyatt Vacation Club®.
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