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April 09, 2010 - A Power Lunch for Goodwill Industries of Denver

What: Goodwill Industries of Denver Power of Work Lunch

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Friday, April 9, 2010

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $40 Individual ticket; $80 Sponsor a student

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver

Sponsors: IMA, Comcast, JP Morgan Chase, Qwest Communications, Colorado Casualty, Kenneth King Foundation, TIAA-CREF, ACED, Adams County Government, AON/Kathleen Cook, Aurora Chamber, Cars Helping Charities, City of Denver - Parks & Rec., Daniels Benefits, DEC Architects, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Options, DPS East High School/John Youngquist, EON, Forte' Advertising, Golf Committee, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, Kundinger, Corder, & Engle, LibertyMedia/Dave Leonard, Mesch Commercial, Mile High United Way, Dept of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wells Fargo, StarQuest Learning, Tim Welker, TriCounty Health Dept.

Menu: Mixed green salad served with apples, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese, topped with apple cider vinaigrette dressing; porcini crusted chicken breast with a port wine reduction, barley risotto and fresh arugula, fennel and red pepper; mascarpone and berry cream on a light almond sponge cake alternating with cappuccino mousse cheesecake

Attendance: 800

Attire: Business casual

Board of Directors: Tricia Allen, Tom Athenour, Mary Bahde, Greg Ball, Tracy Baumgartner, George Bogdewiecz, Kathleen Cook, Michael Ebedes, Bill Elsner, C. Dale Flowers, Sam Freeman, Raymond Gogel, Kevin King, Jean Lawhead, David Leonard, Doug Linkhart, Scott Maierhofer, Carrie Mesch, James R. Meurer, Todd Munson, Kevin Patterson, Jason Romero, W. Dean Salter, Bill Schmidt, John Shunk, Gully Stanford, Steven Swain, Dawn Taylor Owens, Scott Worrell, Cliff Young, John Youngquist

Blacktie Photos by: Danielle Corriveau

 Goodwill President and CEO Tim Welker, center, celebrates 37 years of service to the organization
Goodwill President and CEO Tim Welker, center, celebrates 37 years of service to the organization

This year’s Goodwill Power of Work Luncheon honored six individuals and one organization. It also was the last day of work for one key employee.

The first person called to the podium, Rob Cohen, Chairman and CEO of IMA Financial Group, graciously accepted the Power of Work Community Leader Award, thanking his wife and applauding Goodwill.
Next, Goodwill Youth Award winner Briana Exum mesmerized the crowd with her poetic words praising so many people and her unbouding energy in building a life filled with love and compassion for all humanity. 
Environmental Safety, Inc. was selected for the Goodwill Corporate Visionary Award. The company’s founder kicked-off his podium time with comical reference to his raspy voice as one best fit for silent movies. With fatherly pride, he shared that his employees freely chose to re-direct one bonus a year to Goodwill. “Working with Goodwill has been meaningful, but it’s also been a whole lot of fun,” he said about the company’s ongoing partnership with the non-profit.
“Love” was the word of the day for Charles Hensley, Goodwill Opportunity Award winner. He sweetly shared his gratitude for having a loving wife, a loving boss, and loving co-workers. For Charles, joy and Goodwill are synonymous. “I can’t wait to get to work everyday. People who come through the door make me happy.”
Family Strengthening Award winner Shelly Cozad confessed before she found Goodwill she filled out 250 applications. Three companies called her back. Goodwill’s Career Development Program gave Shelly what she needed most to get a job: confidence. “No one believed in me before.” That empty space is now crowded with comment as colleagues and supervisors gushed about Shelly’s contributions to her company in tribute video.
Goodwill’s Inspiration Award winner Jacob Grein brought the crowd of 800 attendees to spontaneous smiles. He’s been a participant in Goodwill’s Deaf Services for 10 years. Jacob’s father clarified his son’s power to make others grin. “Jacob embraces life. I think he finds meaning and happiness in everything. He enjoys every minute of every day. He loves those around him and has relationships with so many people.”
Goodwill’s Youth Award winner Ariana Kasper moved from homelessness, to feeling lost in the foster care system, to becoming a rising success. Today she is a 4.0 student who works almost full-time for Goodwill. Spoken with unrestrained conviction and pulled-off perfectly, the red-haired young woman inoffensively stated the only thing that’s going to stop her from going after her dreams is, well, death.
The day closed with a tribute to Goodwill President and CEO Tim Welker, who after almost four decades of service is retiring. In video comments from his many fans, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said, “Someone like Tim, who gives heart and soul to our community, comes along once in a blue moon.” Under Welker’s leadership Goodwill Industries of Denver climbed from a budget of $1 million to $40 million and from helping 600 people to serving 30,000. And like the moon that so beautifully reflects the sun’s light, Welker reflected the praise back to his staff. “What’s been accomplished over the years has a lot to do with having a dedicated and loyal staff helping with the heavy lifting. Our staff doesn’t give up easily on others.” Clearly, neither does Welker.
The mission of Goodwill is to create opportunities for individuals to change their lives and the lives of others while building a strong and sustainable community.

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