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April 20, 2010 - Denver Public School Foundation's "Achieve" Gala Evening celebrating students and their schools

What: An evening to celebrate Denver Public Schools and raise funding for programs that improve student achievement. Proceeds help the DPS Foundation support after-school tutoring and enrichment programs, classroom grants and principal leadership training.

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $300 for individual tickets

Beneficiary: Denver Public Schools Foundation

Honorary Chairperson(s): Governor Bill Ritter and Mayor John Hickenlooper

Welcome: DPS Foundation President & CEO Kristin Colon

Speaker: Governor Ritter & Lt. Governor O'Brien; Mariner Kemper (UMB); Tom Boasberg, Superintendent; Diana Johnson, MLK Senior; Mayor Hickenlooper, DPS Foundation Board Chair Kristin Richardson

Entertainment: Montbello High School Drum Line, George Washington High School Cheerleaders, El Mariachi Juvenil de Bryant Webster, East High School Angelaires

Sponsors: Comcast, 5280 Magazine, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Tiffany & Co., The Anschutz Foundation, Marcy & Bruce Benson, MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Martha Records & Rich Rainaldi, Kristin & Blair Richardson, United Launch Alliance, Ron and Cille Williams & The Piton Foundation, Elaine & Stephen Berman, 1stBank, Kiewit Building Group and many more generous supporters

Menu: Crisp greens, roasted tomatoes, plums, feta cheese and candied pecans with cabernet vinaigrette dressing, roasted breast of chicken montrachet, sour cherry demi glace, garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, peach curd tart with blueberries and whipped cream

Attendance: More than 1,200 guests

Attire: Cocktail Attire

Special Thanks: The DPS students who volunteered for the event

Board of Directors: Kristin Richardson, Francisco Garcia, Leslie Mitchell, Donna Lynne, Tom Boasberg, Scott Binder, Kelly Brough, Brooke Brown, Scott Carpenter, Rob Cohen, Noel Ginsburg, Bruce Hoyt, Mariner Kemper, Sharon Montgomery, Margot Pinto, Rich Rainaldi, Jeff Ross, Roxane White, Ronald Williams

Blacktie Photos by: Dan Khadem

 David Greenberg, Denver School of Science and Technology, Terry Minger of the Piton Foundation and Superintendent Tom Boasberg
David Greenberg, Denver School of Science and Technology, Terry Minger of the Piton Foundation and Superintendent Tom Boasberg

The Denver Public Schools Foundation’s annual “Achieve” gala celebrates the accomplishments of DPS schools and students.  On April 20th over 1,200 guests joined  in supporting the Foundation's goals at the Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center. The event, in its eighth year, raised funds for student achievement in Denver Public Schools, including principal leadership training, after-school tutoring and enrichment programs, and resources for teachers and classrooms.

Upon arriving at the Hyatt, guests were greeted by dozens of DPS students dressed in their black Achieve t-shirts. The students from Slavens School, Smith Renaissance School of the Arts and Trevista ECE-8 at Horace Mann shook hands with guests and directed them up the escalators and towards the Centennial Foyer. In the foyer, guests registered for the event and enjoyed a cocktail reception.  At the end of the reception, the Montbello Drum Line made a grand entrance into the foyer and led guests into the ballroom.  After being seated, DPS Foundation President and CEO Kristin Colon welcomed guests and introduced Governor Bill Ritter and Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien. The Governor and Lt. Governor gave the welcoming remarks prior to the start of dinner. 

During the start of dinner, guests were entertained by the George Washington High School cheerleaders. Mariner Kemper of UMB spoke and introduced the Superintendent of DPS, Tom Boasberg.  More entertainment by students followed, including the Bryant Webster Mariachi group and the East High School Angelaires.  Amidst the entertainment, Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College Senior Diana Johnson spoke and shared her inspiring story.

The dinner ended with remarks by Mayor John Hickenlooper and DPS Foundation Board Chair Kristin Richardson thanking guests for coming. A cookie and coffee reception followed in the Centennial Foyer.

About the Denver Public Schools Foundation
The DPS Foundation raises and manages funds in support of various programs that drive student achievement, including principal leadership development, resources for teachers and classrooms, and after-school tutoring and enrichment programs. Through strategic program investments and community leadership, they support Denver Public Schools in creating a district where outstanding educational achievements are the norm and all children have hope of a great future. For more information, visit

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