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April 09, 2009 - Inspiration and awards at Goodwill's luncheon

What: Power of Work Luncheon

Where: Sheraton Denver Hotel, Downtown

When: Thursday, April 9, 2009

Time: 11 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $25

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver

EMCEE: Mitch Jelniker, 7 News anchor

President(s): Tim Welker, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Denver

Speaker: Sean Aiken: "One Week Job"

Catering: Sheraton Denver Hotel

Menu: Salad, chicken piccata, New York-style cheesecake

Attendance: 700

Attire: Business


Event Coordinator: Alison Oyler

Board of Directors: ATHENOUR, Tom, StarQuest Learning, Principal; BAHDE, Mary, President, Denver Auxiliary; BOGDEWIECZ, George, Senior Executive, Chair, Immediate Past Chair Elect; COOK, Kathleen, Account Executive, AON; ELSNER, Bill, Senior Executive, Secretary, Treasurer Elect; FLOWERS, C. Dale, Flowers & Associates; FREEMAN, Sam, Retired Executive; GOGEL, Raymond, VP & CAO; KING, Kevin L., Transformation Point, Founder & CEO; LEONARD, David, WildBlue Communications, Inc., Chief Executive Officer; LINKHART, Doug, Councilman At-Large, Denver City Council, City of Denver; MAIERHOFER, Scott, McCarthy Capital, Partner; MESCH, Carrie, MESCH Commercial Real Estate, Vice Chair Elect; MEURER, James, JR Meurer & Company, Inc., Principal; MUNSON, Todd, JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA, President, Colorado Region, Vice Chair, Chair Elect; PATTERSON, Kevin, City of Denver, Manager of Parks & Rec; ROMERO, Jason, Wells Fargo Bank NA, Commercial Relationship Mgr., Secretary Elect; SALTER, W. Dean, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, Partner; SCHMIDT, Bill, Holland & Hart, Attorney, Of Counsel; SHUNK, John, Messner & Reeves, LLC, Partner; SWAIN, Steven, Qwest Communications, Vice President of Finance, Treasurer; TAYLOR OWENS, Dawn, College in Colorado, Executive Director; WORRELL, Scott, CresaPartners, Managing Partner; YOUNG, Clifford, The Business School, Associate Dean of Programs; YOUNGQUIST, John, DPS East High School, Principal;

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Award-winner Marshall Sims with his mom Essie Sims
Award-winner Marshall Sims with his mom Essie Sims


More than 700 people were on hand to celebrate and hear stories of success at Goodwill Industries of Denver’s Power of Work awards luncheon on April 9. Guests in the packed ballroom at the Sheraton Denver Hotel were treated to video presentations of winners’ inspirational vignettes depicting how their participation in Goodwill programs in various capacities helped them overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and empower them to achieve their goals and also enact change within the community. Individual and organizational award-winners included stories of a Denver mayoral hopeful, a group of student mentors, a man who triumphed over addiction and strengthened his personal relationships, a woman now enrolled in medical school and Goodwill employees who reached beyond physical disabilities to embody the “power of work” ideal.  

Mitch Jelniker, 7 News anchor, was emcee of the program and Tim Welker, Goodwill Industries of Denver President and CEO, presented awards. An enthusiastic and appreciative audience was made up of business professionals, family and friends of award winners, plus Goodwill staff, program participants, volunteers and supporters. Keynote speaker Sean Aiken, a Vancouver native known for his “One Week Job” series of 52 week-long employment adventures, talked about his recent experiences that took him all around the world. Guests were given lighted blue buttons on arrival that said: “The good in you” and “the will to do,” and when the ballroom was darkened a sea of blue circles brightened the entire area. Before lunch was served, event coordinator Alison Oyler said, “This is a great event to award outstanding achievement in our programs. Goodwill believes in giving a hand up, not a hand out and it’s the incredible drive – or will – within our participants that we honor today.  We look forward to showing the community everything Goodwill does through the power of work.”  

Award-winners and their categories honored were:
Community Leader: Christine Benero, President and CEO, Mile High United Way

360-Degree Partner: Wells Fargo

Collaboration: Men at Work Mentorship Group, with Kevin Collins, Marc Davis, China Demmer-White, Joshua Faraji-Moore, Marcus Flowers, Kelvin Tyree Griffin, Tre Guillory-Williams, Chris Hayes, Corbyn Hudson, Jarrad Jackson, Lewis Kelley, Dorado Kinney, Calvin McGee, Marray Napue, Bishop Robinson, Gamachu Said, Hamza Shareef, Johnnie Williams and Anthony Wilson

Opportunity: Michael Kirk

Youth: Marketta Briscoe

Family Strengthening: Marshall Sims

Inspiration: Tim Ortiz

Partnership: Isaac Solano and David Pocs
For more information about Goodwill Industries of Denver, visit or contact public relations coordinator Meaghan Carabello at 303-650-7734 or

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