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May 07, 2009 - 13th Annual Project PAVE

What: Janus Foundation Scholarship Luncheon

Where: Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom

When: Thursday, May 7, 2009

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Beneficiary: Scholarship Recipients and Project PAVE

EMCEE: Mitch Jelniker, Channel 7 News

Presenting Sponsor(s): Janus Funds

Executive Director: Mike Johnson

Staff: Scholarship luncheon committee: Marti Awad, Cathy Carretero Ferrulina, MD, Elaine Gampel, Claire Johnson, Michelle Kales, Jessica Khan, Kelli Kindel, Marc Levine, Jaime Livaditis, Evi Makovsky, Reaca Pearl, Laurel Quint, Ariela Shapiro. Scholarship review committee: Michael Alcott, Marti Awad, Patricia Crown, Jill DiPasquale, Elaine Gampel, Ken Hyman, Claire Jacobson, Michael Johnson, Jessica Khan, Jaime Livaditis, Juan Monclova, Ariela Shapiro

Introductions: Mitch Jelniker, Channel 7 News

Speaker: Jeannie Ritter, Jai Palmer

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Sponsors: Janus Foundation

Attire: Business Casual

Florist: Simply Beautiful Floral

Board of Directors: Elaine Gampel, Sr. Vice President. Members: Raydean Acevedo, Marti Awad, CFA, Patricia (PC) Crown, Ph.D, Michelle Kales, Marc Levine, Evi Makovsky, Jeannie Ritter, Michael Alcott, Dr. Cathy Carreterro-Ferrufino, Michael Hammell, Kelli R. Kindel, Jon Lorenz, CEO, Marcie Moore-Gantz, Cecilia Sanchez de Ortiz.

Blacktie Photos by: Corrie Vela

 Elaine Gampel, Chair, (left), Ellen Scott and Dr. Patricia Crown
Elaine Gampel, Chair, (left), Ellen Scott and Dr. Patricia Crown


May 7 2009 - A sizeable crowd gathered in the Donald R. Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for a luncheon honoring the 2009 Project PAVE scholarship recipients. Recipients Sarah Bernstein, Thalia Diaz, Jessica Fairchild, Leah King, Julia Kirklen, Lynn Ngo, Elizabeth Phelps, Kayla Poulson, Jordan Rutledge, Megan Scheltinga each received a scholarship, a notable milestone to their strength and courage, marking their triumph over abusive situations in each of their lives. Each student has utilized the support and education provided by Denver’s Project PAVE.

Project PAVE was established 1986 following a tragic incident in which a well-known attorney in a domestic violence case was shot and paralyzed by her client’s estranged husband. The non-profit has been an important and active voice in the Denver community for over 20 years and made a huge difference in many lives.

Project PAVE's goal is to provide effective, culturally relevant violence prevention education, victim identification and counseling services. PAVE focuses their services on low-income families, and also offers special bicultural services to local Hispanic families. 

Channel 7's Mitch Jelniker welcomed guests to the event, and emceed the event, having recently researched and anchored a news report on the group. He introduced PAVE director Mike Johnson, who spoke about the need for inclusiveness, and fostering an environment for the students being served, as they learn to replace fear and chaos with new hope.

Speakers of the day included First Lady Jeannie Ritter. Mrs. Ritter began by saying that she thought the word of the decade was resilience, the ability to recover quickly, to obtain the original shape of things after bent or stretched. She commended each student for their tremendous achievements in recovery and in thriving as they pursue their higher educations.

Whittier Elementary Principle Jai Palmer spoke on the diversity and needs at his school. Whittier Elementary has a culturally diverse population including 90% of students participating in the school’s free lunch program. Among the diverse demographic, Whittier also serves a population of homeless students. Project PAVE programs have made a tremendous difference for Principle Palmer's school. 

Full time Project PAVE counselors are on-site in two additional partner schools working with at-risk students. Additionally, a violence prevention educator visits 30 middle and high schools each year.

Project PAVE also supports interested teens in local high schools serving as peer educators for friends and classmates. East High School "Angels Against Abuse" club is a thriving group of young people focused on preventing abuse, particularly in dating relationships. 

Sponsors included Title Sponsors Newmont Mining, The Sprout Foundation, The Crown Family, Rey & Melina Fraga, The Janus Foundation, Ellen Scott, Colorado Business Bank, Design & Image, FirstBank Holding Co., SPL Real Estate & Management Co, UBS Financial Services, Inc./ Elaine Gampel, Academy Roofing, Inc., Bank of Choice, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, Colorado Capital Bank, The DiPasquale and Strohm Families, Innovar Group, United Materials, Bank of the West, Bob Sverenson and John Capone, Capital Investment Management Company, Cecilia Sanchez de Ortiz, Hogan & Hartson, Kelli Kindel Events, Inc, Marti J Awad, CFA, Raydean Acevedo, RMCI, Shames-Makovsky Realty Company, Steve Wener, The Piton Foundation Willis North America, inc. Mercury LDO Reprographics and Unisource.

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