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April 25, 2009 - “Stand up!” For Kempe Kids

What: The Kempe Foundation “Stand up!” For Kempe Kids

Where: Temple Buell Theatre

When: Saturday April 25, 2009

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: General admission:$42, dessert reception and the comedy show: $108.50, dinner desserts and show: $25

Beneficiary: Kempe organization child abuse treatment programs

Host(s): Wende Curtis, President/CEO of Comedy Works and Chuck Morris, President/CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains

Honoree(s): Hassan Salem and Janet Dean

Co-Chair(s): Patricia Barela Rivera and Dean Prina M.D

Executive Director: Robert B. Clyman

President(s): Jesse F. Wolff, President and CEO

Welcome: Jesse F. Wolff, President and CEO

Catering: Occasions by Sandy

Entertainment: Comedians Josh Blue and Kathleen Madigan

Sponsors: Cobalt Blue: $25,000- US Bank. Columbine Blue: $15,000- Tuchman Family Foundation, Jon & Terri Kruljac, Steve & Wendy Cohen. Sea Blue: $10,000 - Faught Foundation, Larimer Square. Sky Blue: $5,000 - Steve & Faye Demby/Brownstein Hyatt, Farber Schreck, EKS&H, Fairfield & Woods P.C., Fleishman & Shapiro P.C., Gallagher Enterprises, Kaiser Permanente, Lockton Companies, Red Robin, Saunders Construction, Syntrinsic Investment Counsel LLC. Cerulean Blue: $1,000 - 3 Peaks Consulting, Colorado Capital Bank, Department of Pediatrics, Grubb & Ellis, Bill & Melissa Mackiernan, Eddie & Mort Marks, Evan & Evelyn Makovsky, Skip & Nancy Miller Foundation, Vectra Bank Colorado

Auctioneer: Rick Rolph

Quote of the evening: "Every Child is precious and deserves a chance at a better life." Dr. Dean Prina

Attendance: 1,200

Attire: Snappy casual - blue jeans with a little something special and a little blue


Board of Directors: Steven A. Cohen, Chairman of the Board; Jon B. Kruljac, Vice Chair; Gail B. Johnson, Secretary; Kenneth A. Friednash, Treasurer; Robert B. Clyman, MD, Executive Director; Reynolds Cannon, Stephen R. Daniels, PhD, MD, Steven C. Demby, John D. Faught, Georgia R. Imhoff, Walter F. Imhoff, Dr. Ruby Kadota, Wendy V. Kane, Agatha Kessler, Richard D. Krugman, MD, Bill Mackiernan, Tate McCoy, Richard C. Saunders, David B. Savitz, Mark Smith, Ryta Sondergard, Lisa L. Taussig, Dylan Taylor, Howard H. Torgove, Harry Whipple. Advisory Council: Chris Christmas, Dean Prina, MD, Jeannie Ritter, Landri C. Taylor, Anne Trujillo. Honorary Board: Jules Amer, MD, John Elway, Frances Owens

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Event Co-Chairs, Patricia Barela Rivera and Dr. Dean Prina get the live auction started for the Kempe Foundation event
Event Co-Chairs, Patricia Barela Rivera and Dr. Dean Prina get the live auction started for the Kempe Foundation event

It was a night of laughter as Last Comic Standing winner, Josh Blue and award-wining comedian, Kathleen Madigan took to the stage to Stand Up! against child abuse and neglect on April 25 at the Temple Buell Theatre.

Patrons of the Kempe Foundation's benefit performance event had the opportunity to customize their evening to include dinner, dessert or just a ticket to the show. Those attending the dinner and awards ceremony enjoyed an special dinner presented on the stage of the Temple Buell.

Hassan Salem accepted the Kempe Community Award for US Bank and Janet Dean was presented the Kempe Professional Award. A dessert presentation followed as more guests came to fill up with some delightful sweet treats before the evening's benefit performance. The evening then proceeded as Kempe Foundation President and CEO, Jesse Wolff welcomed a roomful of guests. Also speaking this evening were Board Chair, Steve Cohen; First Lady of Colorado, Jeannie Ritter and co-chairs Patricia Barela Rivera and Dr. Dean Prina, who participated in what became a "lively" live auction.

Event hosts and partners, Wende Curtis, President/CEO of Comedy Works and Chuck Morris, President/CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, next came on stage to introduce the evening's comedic talents of Josh Blue and Kathleen Madigan. The rest of the evening was filled with pure unadulterated humor and laughter from these two well recognized comedians.

Proceeds from evening benefit Kempe, a non-profit organization, which was founded in 1976 by Dr. C. Henry Kempe to increase awareness, engage in advocacy and secure and provide resources for the work of The Kempe Center. The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect has been recognized as the world leader in child abuse treatment programs, and for over 40 years has been at the forefront in the fight against child abuse.   

The event is Kempe’s largest fundraiser and is part of Kempe’s “Get Your Blue On” Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign for April. Taking “blue” to new heights, the color of the awareness ribbon and symbol for child abuse prevention will be seen in large scale on buildings in Denver throughout April as a reminder. 

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