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November 12, 2010 - Leaders Honored at 2010 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

What: annual recognition of leaders in philanthropy

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Friday, November 12, 2010

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $45

EMCEE: John Ferrugia

Committee Members: Selection Committee: Jack Alexander, Helen K. & Arthur E. Johnson Foundation; Shirley Amore, Denver Public Library; Andrea Aragon, United Way of Pueblo County; Pres Askew, Community Volunteer; Todd Bacon, Colorado Data Mail; Susan Barber, Rocky Mountain PBS; Scott Bemis, Denver Business Journal; Christine Benero, Mile High United Way; Sue Birch, Northwest Visiting Nurse Association; Deborah Brackney, Mountain States Employers Council; Sheila Bugdanowitz, Rose Community Foundation; Toni Cohig, Community Volunteer; Steve Corder, Kundinger, Corder & Engle, P.C.; Anne Cosby, Community Volunteer; Tom Currigan, Kaiser Permanente; Dave Dixon, Taubman Co./Cherry Creek Shopping Center; Deb Dowling Canino, Kroenke Sports Enterprises/Pepsi Center; Bonnie Downing, Community Volunteer; Lisa Fenton-Free, Rocky Mountain Health Plans; Bruce Fitch, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center; Jack Fox, The Fox Company; Greg Geissler, Metropolitan State University; Artie Guerrero, Community Volunteer; Cheryl Haggstrom, Community First Foundation; Melanie Hall, Montrose Community Foundation; Jane Hansberry, CU School of Public Affairs; Melinda Higgs, Colorado Nonprofit Development Center; Arlene Hirschfeld, Community Volunteer; Dorothy Horrell, Bonfils Stanton Foundation; Donna Hultin, Community Volunteer; Doris Kester, Southern Colorado Community Foundation; Mark Kling, Family Resource Center Association; Alyssa Kopf, Community Shares of Colorado; Mary Lou Makepeace, The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado; Christine Marquez-Hudson, Mi Casa Resource Center; Jane McAtee, Southwest Airlines; Brad Meuli, Denver Rescue Mission; Dale Mingilton, Better Business Bureau; Dean Prina, M.D. Physician, Partners in Pediatrics; Jeff Pryor, Anschutz Family Foundation; Rich Rainaldi, CiviCore; Sally Rippey, Adolph Coors Foundation; Gloria Rubio-Cortes, National Civic League; Kathie Kramer Ryan, Denver School of Science and Technology; Ellen Sandberg, First Data Corporation; Tim Schultz, Boettcher Foundation; Michael Schwerin, Grand Junction Symphony; Matt Smith, Bring Your A Game to Work Initiative; Kristin Stork, Denver Newspaper Agency; Denise Sulski, Colorado Springs Utilities; Bob Sweeney, Kenneth King Foundation; Gordan Thibedeau, United Way of Larimer County; Jim Thomas, Minor and Brown; Rosann Ward, PEBC; Faye Washington, Community Volunteer; Steve Winesett, Children’s Hospital Foundation; Carey Wirtzfeld, Qwest Communications; Carol Wright, Xcel Energy; Alexandra Yajko, Retired - Colorado Mountain College Foundation; Lee Zimmerman, Summit Foundation

Sponsors: GOLD SPONSORS: Rose Community Foundation, Western Union; SILVER SPONSORS: Adolph Coors Foundation, Kundinger, Corder & Engle P.C., The Colorado Trust, The Daniels Fund; PLATINUM SPONSORS: Anschutz Family Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank NA; IN-KIND SPONSORS: A Good Quest, Blacktie,LLC, Colorado Data Mail, Colorado Non-Profit Development Center, cuttlefish arts, Denver's 7 (KMGH-TV), Denver Business Journal, Denver Post Community, Kroenke Sports

Attendance: 1,000+

Attire: business

Steering Committee: De Ann Acosta, Eileen Danahy, AFP; Joanne Kelley, Colo. Assn. of Funders; Sharon Knight, Sarah Stockton, Colo. Nonprofit Assn.; Carol Nickell, Patrice TC Werner, Community Resource Center; Karen Kruse, Gail Lehrmann, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation; Mark Smith, DOVIA; Mark Skinner, Governor's Commission on Community Service; Paula Henry, Kristy Judd, Metro Volunteers; Gayle Walker, 2% Club; Angelle Fouther, Kenton Kuhn, At Large; Shannon Peterson, Chair, Administrative Support

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 Bob Regan, President and CEO of JK Mullen High School, left, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Kristin Richardson and Jack Alexander, President and CEO of the Helen K and Arthur E Johnson Foundation
Bob Regan, President and CEO of JK Mullen High School, left, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Kristin Richardson and Jack Alexander, President and CEO of the Helen K and Arthur E Johnson Foundation

"We give to others not out of a sense of obligation but out of a sense of sincere appreciation for what our community has given us."

Frank Hubbard's quote could not have rung more true than during the presentation of the 2010 National Philanthropy Awards for the Colorado Chapter. More than 1,000 experts in philanthropy--funders, supporters, volunteers, business leaders, staffers and committee members--gathered at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Convention Center on Friday to collectively applaud these recipients:

  • Outstanding Large Business or Corporation: Comcast
  • Outstanding Small Business or Corporation: KB Homes Mountain Division
  • Outstanding Foundation: Colorado Health Foundation
  • Outstanding Philanthropist: Jane Mordecai
  • Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy: Linda Childears
  • Outstanding Service Organization: Fruita Thrift Shop
  • Outstanding Volunteer: Gaku Homma
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser: Kristin Richardson
  • Outstanding Youth: Nicole Saucedo
  • Outstanding Youth Group: Lowry Elementary Eagle Ambassadors

Each brought their own style and panache and demonstrated a snippet of why they were selected as winners. In today's economy, these awards are especially poignant. Stealing the show were the Eagle Ambassadors from Lowry Elementary, who spend countless hours and energy helping others through creative programs. We are in good hands if this is the next generation.

Organizers of this prestigious Colorado awards in philanthropy for National Philanthropy Day will begin work for next year shortly. It is a monumental task and everyone involved is thanked for their hard work.

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