May 12, 2009 - I Have A Dream Foundation toasts Rob Cohen
What: A Toast to Rob Cohen: A Toast is Not a Roast
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Time: 5:30-9 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $300
Beneficiary: Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation
Honoree(s): Rob Cohen
EMCEE: Reggie Rivers and Bill Hanzlik
Honorary Chairperson(s): Stever Farber, Former Mayor Wellington Webb, Mayor John Hickenlooper, Maria Garcia Berry, Bruce Benson, Joe Blake
Executive Director: Mary Hanewall
Speaker: Anthony Carter (Denver Nuggets point guard), Mayor John Hickenlooper, Scott Binder (Sr. VP, Comcast), Joe Blake (CEO and President, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce)
Catering: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
Of note: Summit Award-winners: Omolayo Dada, Jose Octavios Dias-Fernandez
Sponsors: Platinum Sponsor: The IMA Financial Group, Inc. and Gold Sponsors: MegaStar Financial Corp., Barefoot Wine and Bubbly
Auctioneer: Reggie Rivers
Quote of the evening: Reggie Rivers handing a Champ Bailey-autographed football to Bill Hanzlik: "I don't want to drop it. That's what ended my career as a Bronco."
Menu: Family-style salads: gourmet greens and traditional Caesar...entree: buffalo meatloaf w/wild mushroom sauce, crispy fried chicken w/tomato chutney, sweet corn spoon bread, green beans and baby carrots...dessert: trio of strawberry shortcake, mini donut w/coffee mousse and coconut cream tart plus chocolate chocolate cake w/raspberry sauce
Attire: Business to festive
Event Coordinator: Amy Farnan, Director of Advancement
Planning Committee: Ticket Committee: Justin Ball, Pat Cortez, George Flanders, Robert Hochstadt, Tracy Huggins, Brad Jeffress, David Kenney, Gregory Kolomitz, Joan McDermott, Stuart Pattison, Richard Scharf
Board of Directors: Jacqueline Berardini (Pres), Phillip Anthony Washington (VP), Rusty Wehner (Sec), David A. Simon (Treas), Rich Rainaldi (Past Pres)
Steering Committee: Carrie Besnette, Joe Blake, Noel & Leslie Ginsburg, Steve Kaplan, Rich Rainaldi, Carolyn S. Wollard
Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry
Sharon Magness Blake and Ernie Blake won a basketball autographed by Denver Nugget Chauncey Billups
CBS4 personality Reggie Rivers and Denver Nuggets TV analyst Bill Hanzlik emceed the evening’s program, with Hanzlik serving as the voice of reason alongside Rivers’ witty zingers. Denver Nuggets point guard Anthony Carter, an alumnus of the IHAD program in Atlanta (and in the midst of NBA playoff success), had inspiring words for young “Dreamers” in the audience. Mayor John Hickenlooper presented Summit Awards to two college-bound Dreamers: Omolayo Dada and Jose Octavios Dias-Fernandez.
Comcast Sr. VP Scott Binder and Joe Blake, Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce CEO and President, introduced Cohen with personal anecdotes and praise. Members of Rob and Molly Cohen’s class of Dreamers spoke of personal growth achieved due to their mentorship, and with the entire group onstage Rob took time to hug each one before addressing a rapt audience. He talked about establishing priorities in a changing economy as he heaped praise on his wife, family and Dreamers, along with his numerous friends and associates.
An impromptu live auction at program’s end garnered more funds for CIHAD with auctioneer Reggie Rivers cajoling bidders to aim high for items that included coveted NBA playoff tickets plus one-to-one time with Anthony Carter that Carter added on the spot. If it's possible that 600 attendees of all ages and backgrounds could feel like they were at family dinner instead of a corporate function, the event succeeded.
CIHAD helps some of Denver’s most disadvantaged youth achieve academic success by adopting classes of students and providing comprehensive assistance through their completion of high school. Director of Advancement Amy Farnan said, “The money we raise impacts kids who really deserve it, kids changing expectations. While they might have seen a 12-percent high school graduation projection, we help them achieve a 90-percent rate. If we put time and energy in them they will succeed. Overall, we do good work!” For more information, visit www.cihadf.org.