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October 21, 2010 - InvestED: An Evening with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

What: Denver Scholarship Foundation - InvestED in Denver: An Evening with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Thursday, Octrober 21, 2010

Time: VIP Reception Begins at 5:00 p.m.; general reception 5:30 p.m; dinner and main program at 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individual Registrations - $250.00 .. all the way up to ElevatED sponsorships (include 20 guests, in addition to recognition benefits) - $50,000.00

Beneficiary: Denver Scholarship Foundation

Host(s): Denver Scholarship Foundation

EMCEE: Anne Trujillo, Channel 7 News

Co-Chair(s): Arlene Hirschfeld, Dean Prina, M.D.

Committee Members: Corporate Chair: Tim Marquez; Logistics Committee: Maureen Brooks, Davis Coombe, Kasia Iwaniczko, Judy Schiff; Marketing Committee: Marissa Ferrari, Adam Mordacai, Debora Williams; Corporate and Ticket Sales Committee: Brian Abrams, Kerry Crandall, Nathan K. Davis, Josh Hanfling, Patricia Hatcher, Jack Kim, Marc Levine, David Mandarich, Scott Mycum, Maura Peterson, Michael Pollak, Shereen Pollak, John Robinson, Nik Solich, Allen Staver, Mike Touff, Pegi Touff, Jon Treter, Donald Yale

Welcome: Dean Prina, M.D. and Arlene Hirschfeld, co-chairs

Speaker: Keynote Speaker: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg; DSF Scholars Tyler Cobb and Edgar Robles; Tim Marquez, DSF co-founder and board member; Mayor John Hickenlooper; Colorado Governor Bill Ritter

Sponsors: The Titus Foundation; The Anschutz Corporation; Kenai Drilling; Key Bank; Oil Field Tublars and Supply Co; Quiznos; Clean Technologies Capital Advisors; Senator Michael Bennett, Susan Daggatt and Family; BMO Capital Markets; BP; Comcast; Credit Suisse; The Denver Post; GEP Drilling Fluids; Hutton Foundation; Hyde Park; Janis; 7News; Steve and Elizabeth Kris; Merage Foundation; Hamstra/Berger Group of the Merill Lynch Private Bank; Merrion Oil and Gas; Colorado School of Mines; The Piton Foundation; Scott and Virginia Relman; Richmond American Homes Foundation; San Juan Resources, Inc; David Scanavino, M.D.; Michael and Patricia Starzerl TBMF; United Health Group; Venco, Inc; Kristin and Bill Waters; West Coast Welding; Anna & John J. Sie Foundation; Anadarke Petrolium Corp; Baker Hostetler; Ball Corporation; Marcy and Bruce Benson; Elaine and Steven Berman; Boys & Girls Clubs Colorado; C.D. Lyon Construction; Central Resources, Inc.; CH2mHill; Citi Private Bank; Concord Energy, LLC; Cordillera; Colorado State Bank and Trust; Columbine Health; Patricia Crown; Davis Graham & Stubbs, LLP; DHR International; University of Denver; Ensign; 1st Bank; Forrest Oil; Barbara B. Grogan; Halliburton; Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Isaacson Rosenbaum PC; JPMorgan Chase & Co; Donna and George Lucas; Cydney and Tom Marsico; Mac and Carolyn McFarland; McGriff Seibels & Williams; The Milestone Group; Nalcol National CineMedia, LLC; Oak Tree Foundation; Platte River Ventures; Pritchard Capital Partners, LLC; Qwest; RMCI; Rockmount Capital Partners, LTD; Edward J. Ruckstuh; SE2; Sempra Energy Foundation; Solutions West; Stratton Companies; Union Bank; UPS; Wells Fargo; Western Proscape, Inc; Williams; Yale Foundation - Donald Yale; Abdoulah Family Fund; Academic Impressions; Academy Roofing, Inc; Apex Dermatology Group; Barton Family Foundation; Beacon E&P; Allen Staver and Kim Benson; Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Schreck; BOA Construction; Borgen Investment Group; BPS; BreiBurn Energy; Colorado State University; Davis & Ceriani, PC; EKS&H; Dr. and Mrs Donald Ferlic; Andrew and Catherine Goodwillie; Brian Griese; Lisa and George Hagerman; Hein & Asdsociates LLP; Herbalife; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Denver; IMA; Ireland Stapelton; Jack Kim and Heanne Oh Kim, M.D.; Macquarie Tristone; Shames Makovsky; Merill Corporation; MorganStanley SmithBarney; Kevin Morrato; NexGen; Dean Prina, M.D.; QEP Resources, Inc; John and Lisa Robinson; SAGE Hospitality; Snell & Wilmer LLP; Solera National Bank; SPL; St Mary Land and Exploration Company; George and Mary Sissel; United Launch Alliance; University of Colorado - Denver; VanGilder; Vestar Capital Partners; Judith B. Wagner; Western Union; Waste Management; Dr. Albert C. Yates and Mrs. Anne E. Yates; Beringer Stone Cellars; Hayman & Hill Pinot Nior; Milkhaus; MillerCoors; MoreEvents; Shelli Nelligen Florwer Events; Toasted Head Chardonnay; Qube Visual

Menu: Salad: crisp garden greens, roasted tomatoes, plums, goat cheese, candied pecans, lemon vinaigrette; entree: grilled breast of chicken, Madeira sauce, mushroom and herb roasted fingerling potatoes, asparagus, roasted tomato - oat scone biscuit, Lakamata olive and raisin pecan breads; dessert: deep dish apple pie, cinnamon whipped cream rum cake, praline sauce; Seattle's Best coffee

Attendance: 1600

Attire: Business

Board of Directors: Chairwoman: Ms. Bernadette Marquez, Ms. Barbara Grogan, Arlene Hirschfeld, Mayor John W. Hickenlooper, Mr. Jack Kim, Ms. Terry Leprino, Mr. Timothy Marquez, Mr. Skip Miller, Mr. R. Scott Nycum, Jr., Ms. Therese Pena, Dean Prina, M.D., David Scanavino, M.D. , Mr. Scott Scheirman, Mr. Greg Sissel; Ex-Officio Members: Ms. Cindy Abramsom, Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Mr. John Elofson; Advisory Council: Mr. Steve Kris, Mr. Evan Makovsky, Mr. Scott Reiman, Governor Roy Romer, Ms. Susanne Arkle Wilson

Blacktie Photos by: Howie Grapek

 Denver Governor Bill Ritter (left) with DSF co-chair Arlene Hirschfeld and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Denver Governor Bill Ritter (left) with DSF co-chair Arlene Hirschfeld and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch advocate for higher education, was in Denver to address an audience of 1,600 community and business leaders to raise awareness about the vital links between college attainment and Denver’s economic future.

Chaired by Dr. Dean Prina and Arlene Hirschfeld, board members of the Denver Scholarship Foundation, the 2nd annual special event InvestED: An Evening with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was held on Oct. 21 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center.

Last year's dinner raised $1.4 million.  Early estimates projected that over $2 million was raised this evening.  Proceeds from this event will directly support Denver Scholarship Foundation programs and scholarships to inspire and empower Denver Public Schools students to achieve their college goals.

Denver's Mayor and DSF board member John Hickenlooper invited Mayor Bloomberg to be the keynote speaker for the fundraiser.  In attendance were past and present local political leaders including Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, former Governor Bill Owens, former Mayor Federico Peña and senator Michael Bennet.

Two of the charismatic DSF Scholars, Tyler Cobb and Edgar Robles were guest speakers at the event. 

Tyler Cobb (Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2010 - now attending University of Northern Colorado, communications major) said: "I don't know where I'd be right now if it weren't for DSF.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go to college.  I'm going to be very successful some day... just wait and see."

Edgar Robles (John F. Kennedy High School Class of 2009 - now attending Colorado School of Mines, engineering major) said: "DSF has done an outstanding job and been so great to me.  I don't know what I would have done without the Future Center at my high school.  The Future Centers really made the whole college process less stressful than it already is.  My education at the Colorado School of Mines is going to propel me to a great career as an engineer, and I won't forget all of you who opened the doors of college for me."

In just four years, the Denver Scholarship Foundation has changed the future of thousands of students in Denver and created a stronger community for us all. 

A few facts about the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF):  DSF was founded in the fall of 2006.  They have awarded over 3,000 scholarships totaling $7.4 million to Denver Public Schools (DPS) graduates attending one of 39 participating colleges and universities in Colorado. 

Thanks to the strong guidance of the DSF partners and the DPS, the investments have already shown strong returns.  They have strengthened the college-going culture in Denver high schools and empowered students to succeed in college:

  • The number of DPS students enrolling in college has increased by 52 percent since 2006;
  • The number of students taking college courses while they are still in high school has tripled;
  • The number of students taking AP courses has increased by 101 percent since 2006; 

Hickenlooper stated, "DSF is changing the future, not just of this city, but I think of this country...  generations of benefit."

Bloomberg stressed the importance of education around the world.  He said, "to remain the world's economic super power... the only way... is to modernize our educational system and to do it now! We owe that to our kids and we owe that to our country."   He continued, "Here in Denver, the scholarship fund does an exceptional job of supporting high school students and helping them to realize their dreams in college and beyond." He also said "I don't think there is any state in the country that has done more to shake up the status quo than Colorado, and you should be very proud of what your state has done."    

Michael R. Bloomberg, the 108th mayor of New York City was elected in 2001. He quickly fulfilled a campaign promise to make education a top priority of his administration. Under his authority, partnerships between government, nonprofits and businesses have resulted in successful innovative projects throughout New York City. As an advocate for higher education, Mayor Bloomberg agreed to come to Denver to raise awareness about the vital link between college graduation rates and Denver’s economic future. 

DSF provides incentives and financial support to make college a reality.  All revenue raised through the event will support Denver's youth in attaining higher education through three DSF programs:

  • Scholarships,
  • College success programs, and
  • "Future Centers" --college resource centers located within DPS high schools.

 For more information, please visit the The Denver Scholarship Foundation website



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