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November 08, 2010 - Stout Street Foundation: Strengthening Our Community. One Person at a Time.

What: Stout Street Foundation Fall Luncheon

Where: Denver Renaissance Hotel

When: Friday, November 5, 2010

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $35

Beneficiary: Stout Street Foundation

Master of Ceremonies: Joe Belilacqua, Clear Channel's FM Program Director

Executive Director: Tom Knight

Staff: Brad Lucero, Asst. ED; Christopher Conway, SSF Program Director; Darcy Narans, CFO; Sharon Sieh, Logistics Specialist; Pamela Fisher, Program Director; Nicholas Petrucelli, IT Director, Counselor; Teri Smith, Development Director; Barbara Schibler, Admissions Coordinator; Tom Pino, Education Director; Eugene Brydon, Counselor in Training; Christopher Konecny, Counselor in Training

Speaker: Doug Linkhart, Denver City Councilman; Sara Smith

Sponsors: Tetra Tech; CoBiz Insurance; 1st Bank; SYSCO; Mile High Marketplace; Nordstrom; Arvada Center for the Arts; PISMO; Omni Hotels; Estes Park Bed & Breakfast; The Fox, 103.5; ALT

Blacktie Photos by: Jim Turley

 Commerce City Mayor Paul Natale, left, with Kathy Natale and Marlin Bender
Commerce City Mayor Paul Natale, left, with Kathy Natale and Marlin Bender

Substance abuse care got a big metro Denver boost from those who attended the Stout Street Foundation 2010 Fall Luncheon.  It was held at the Denver Renaissance Hotel on Friday, November 5th.  The keynote speaker was Denver Councilman Doug Linkhart.  The Stout Street Foundation graduate speaker was Ms. Sara Smith. Mayor Paul Natale represented Commerce City, with his wife, Kathy.

The Stout Street Foundation was incorporated in 1976 by Bradley R. Lucero Jr., Lillian Potter, and Jim Doyle. Mr. Lucero was in a halfway house in Denver when his good friend, Father Tom Dowd, recommended he visit a long term drug and alcohol therapeutic community in California called Delancy Street.

Impressed by what the program offered, Mr. Lucero set out to open his own version of a therapeutic community. From the start, Stout Street adopted the motto of “People Helping People Help Themselves.”

Over the years SSF has grown and expanded from a small house in Denver on Stout Street with just a handful of residents to a newly refurbished hotel in Commerce City accommodating over 125 residents in a self contained community.

Doug Linkhart, the keynote speaker, lauded Stout Street for its long-standing contribution to the community, saying, "Stout Street Foundation does a wonderful job of addressing the needs of Colorado.  But the State of Colorado and Denver need to do more, to ease the burden of organizations like Stout Street Foundation."

Tom Knight, Stout Street's Executive Director, said, "Partnering with those who share our passion gives us great joy and we are looking forward to continuing with our mission in the years to come. Providing for even the basic needs of our residents, we provide a foundation for rebuilding, for recovery and for a new life."

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