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June 21, 2010 - Hope Communities Says It's Time to "Feed Your Face!"

What: Hope Communities 30th Year Celebration FEED YOUR FACE, FIND A PLACE

Where: EXDO Event Center, 1399 35th Street, Denver CO

When: Monday, June 21, 2010

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75 per person 21-30 and 55 and over All other tickets are $95 a person

Beneficiary: Homeless

Master of Ceremonies: 9News' Kirk Montgomery

Honorary Chairperson(s): Ray Stranske, founder of Hope Communities & First Lady Jeannie Ritter

Founders: Ray & Marilynn Stranske

Co-Chair(s): Troy Gladwell

Executive Director: Larry Fullerton - Hope CEO and Executive Director

Staff: Larry Fullerton, Executive Director; Letitia Horace, Associate Director; Brian Heider, Development Director

Welcome: Kirk Montgomery

Catering: Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, Bennett's Bar-B-Que, Big Papa's BBQ, Famous Dave's Legendary Pit BBQ, M&D's Original BBQ Experience, Moe's Original BBQ and Sam Taylor's BBQ

Music: SaZon

Sponsors: Patron Party Sponsor: Southern Kitchen Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q. Restaurant Partners: Famous Dave's, Big Papa's, M&D's Original, Bennett's Bar-B-Que, Moe's Original Bar-B-Que, Sam Taylor's Bar-B-Que. Gold Sponsor: Shea Homes. Silver Sponsor: NexusTek. Bronze Sponsors: 1st Bank, CHFA, Medici Communities LLC, MHCD, Mutual of America. Media Sponsor: Colorado Real Estate Journal

Quote of the evening: "We are going to have hope & joy & love as we journey forward." Marilynn Stranske, co-founder

Menu: lots of great Bar-B-Q!

Attendance: 300

Attire: business casual


Board of Directors: Alison George: co-president, Troy Gladwell: co-president, Jehn’ai Jackson: secretary, Tom Klein: treasurer, Tony Limon, Robyn Moore, George Shaw

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter with Hope founders Ray and Marilynn Stranske
Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter with Hope founders Ray and Marilynn Stranske

Hope Communities has been assisting the Denver community for 30 years through their dedication to provide low income families and individuals with affordable housing and programs to help them maintain a better lifestyle. In celebration of these 30 years of success, the Hope Communities invited their many friends and long time supporters to their 30th anniversary "Feed Your Face" event on Monday, June 21, 2010. Held at the Exdo Event Center, close to 300 guests arrived to sample some fabulous BBQ dishes being served by seven of Denver's best Bar-B-Que Restaurants. Along with the many delicious BBQ samples, the evening included cocktails, a silent auction and dancing to the music of SaZon. 

Colorado's First Lady Jeannie Ritter was in attendance as honorary chair to greet guests as they arrived. Also on hand as master of ceremonies was  Kirk Montgomery from 9News. Guests heard from Hope CEO and Executive Director Larry Fullerton and founders Ray & Marilynn Stranske. They  spoke about the history of Hope Communities as well as many upcoming future ventures. Executive Director Larry Fullerton shared a few inspiring stories taken from the lives of some of the individuals who have been helped by the mission of Hope Communities. 


That mission is to "create diverse, healthy communities through quality, service-enriched affordable housing".


Hope Communities was founded in 1980 by Ray & Marilynn Stranske, who chose to live out their faith by leaving the security of their jobs and working in less than favorable neighborhoods, along with a group of citizens concerned about the lack of decent, affordable housing in Denver. Beginning in the historic Five Points neighborhood, in the shadow of downtown, Hope Communities operated a single building of rental units that disadvantaged individuals could afford; almost 30years later, the organization’s geographic focus has expanded to include the entire Metro Denver area. In addition to rental housing, Hope Communities now offers homes for sale to first-time low-income families, as well as an array of programs and services designed to help residents develop a self-sustaining lifestyle and reach their personal goals. These include adult & youth education, job referrals, discount grocery plans, literacy classes, and much, much more. 


Hope Communities provides both rental and for-sale units to low-income families. All units are rented or sold below market rate to those who qualify. Their  properties are located throughout Northeast Denver, in the neighborhoods of Five Points, Clayton, North Park Hill, and East Communities/Colfax. 


They also offer resident programs which include -   

  • Adult Education Programs: Hope Communities offers a wide range of classes for adults, such as: ESL, GED, parenting, computer literacy and homeownership.
  • Youth Education Programs: Hope Communities provides free after-school tutoring for community youth, jobs for teens and other opportunities throughout the year.
  • Economic Development Program: In order to assist residents in their quest for financial independence, they offer programs to improve financial literacy.
  • Health & Wellness Programs: To ensure their residents’ health, they provide discount grocery programs, regular health screenings, and other such programs.
  • Community-Building Programs: Through these programs, they attempt to build communities of friends and neighbors instead of just individuals living next to each other.

 Hope Communities invites you to read more about their organization as well as learn ways that you can help by going to their website at


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