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October 28, 2010 - KIPP Hosts Fundraising Breakfast

What: 3rd Annual KIPP Fundraising Breakfast

Where: Denver Athletic Club

When: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Time: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Introductions: William Browning

Speaker: Mike Feinberg

Catering: Denver Athletic Club

Entertainment: KIPP Drumline

Sponsors: Rebound Solutions Consulting; North Highland; DaVita; 1st Bank; Western Union; Kaiser Permanente; Friesen Lamb

Quote of the evening: Work Hard. Be Nice.

Menu: DAC Eggs Benedict

Board of Directors: Shepard Nevel (Chair); Nina Lopez (Vice Chair); Jeff Walsh (Secretary); Jim Buckley (Treasurer); Marco Antonio (Member); Brooke M. Borgen (Member); William Browning (Member); Terence Johnson (Member); Bryan Leach (Member); Chris Romer (Member); Scott Scheirman (Member); Bruce Siegel (Member)

Blacktie Photos by: Young Kim Studio

 Mike Feinberg (KIPP co-founder) , left, with Chris Romer (Colorado State Senator & KIPP board member)
Mike Feinberg (KIPP co-founder) , left, with Chris Romer (Colorado State Senator & KIPP board member)

The KIPP Colorado held their third annual breakfast fundraiser Thursday at the Denver Athletic Club.  The program began with a performance by the KIPP Drumline.  Hundreds of guests were treated to a breakfast and tickets to the documentary "Waiting for Superman" which also features the KIPP program.  Speakers included Dwight Jones, Colorado Commissioner of Education, Jenay Horton, a "KIPPster," and Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP.  Mike Feinberg presented some of the challenges in conventional education, and how always thinking outside of conventional thinking and community involvement can enhance a child's educational experience.

Founded in 2000, one of the primary functions of the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Foundation is to train prospective school leaders. The KIPP School Leadership Program allows KIPP Colorado to leverage national resources and to train teachers and future school leaders in a variety of stages in their careers. The Fisher Fellowship, for future founding school leaders, includes intensive summer coursework in a university setting, residencies at existing KIPP schools, and support from experienced KIPP staff. Since its inception, the foundation has recruited and trained more than 100 KIPP school leaders to open new KIPP schools or succeed founding school leaders.

Keynote speaker and co-founder of KIPP, Mike Feinberg began KIPP with one 5th grade classroom in Houston, Texas in 1994 and  KIPP has grown to be one of the largest charter school networks in the country with 99 schools serving more than 26,000 students.  KIPP schools are open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life.  Mr. Feinberg currently serves on the KIPP Foundation board of directors and is superintendent of KIPP Houston.

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