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April 06, 2011 - Are You Smarter Than A KIPPster?

What: KIPP Colorado Schools 2nd Annual Fundraiser

Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $75 individual, $50 young professional (35 and under), $20 additional participation in trivia competition

Beneficiary: KIPP Colorado Schools

Host(s): Chris Adams, Ann Coatney

EMCEE: Nelson Garcia, 9News Education Reporter

Co-Chair(s): Sheila Schimdt, Jeff Walsh

Executive Director: Rebecca Holmes

Committee Members: Sheila Schimdt, Jeff Walsh, Katie Abrams, Brooke Borgen, William Browning, Ann Coatney, Blair Daniels, John Guzman, Abby Reynolds, Beth Toth

Staff: Jeremy Brown, Grace Castellanos, Mandy Hughes

Sponsors: 9News, Peak Resources, Inc., Jim and Carol Schimdt, Randy and Karen Woods

Auctioneer: Jeff Walsh

Attendance: 225

Donors: Bike Source, 5280 Magazine, Happy Cakes, Corepower Yoga, Generous Servings Cooking Classes and Cafe, Apres Desert Bar, Canvas and Cocktails, Sweet Life Nail Bar Lounge, Art & Framing of Stapleton, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel of Bachelor Gulch, Mother's Helpers of Denver, La Sandia Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar, La Belle Rosette, Harmony Salon, Learning Rx, Vert Kitchen, Laura Mahoney Photography, Barber Lounge, Rebecca Rosen, Mayu, Denver Athletic Club

Board of Directors: Executive Director: Rebecca Homes, Chair: Shepard Nevel, Vice Chair: Nina Lopez, Secretary: Jeff Walsh, Treasurer: Jim Buckley, Marco Antonio Abarca, Broooke Borgen, William Browning, Terence Johnson, Bryan Leach, Bruce Siegel, Scott Scheirman, Rick Newsome

Blacktie Photos by: David Shults

 The North Highland team
The North Highland team

What kind of shape has seven sides?  Can you list three synonyms for the word cold?  Evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and runoff are the four stages of what cycle?  Do you think you know the answers?  KIPPsters do.  The KIPPsters went head to head against corporate teams in a test of trivia prowess at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for KIPP Colorado Schools' 2nd annual Spring fundraiser "Are You Smarter Than A KIPPster?"  Emcee Nelson Garcia, 9News education reporter, served as the Quizmaster for Denver's ultimate trivia challenge.  Corporate teams from Bank of the West, Deloitte, 1stBank, North Highland, Friesen Lamb LLP, Wells Fargo, Rebound Solutions Consulting, and Western Union competed against each other in elimination rounds, with North Highland and Western Union taking on two KIPPster teams in the finals.  North Highland gave it their all, but were unable to overcome the KIPPster's extensive knowledge in the final challenge.

How do they do it?  KIPP's mission is to equip their students with the academic skills and character traits necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond.  KIPP schools are open-enrollment public schools that admit all students, regardless of prior academic record, conduct, or socio-eceonomic background.  KIPP schools have been widely recognized for putting underserved students on the path to college with 85% of their students matriculating to colleges and universities.

The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is a network of free open-enrollment college preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. At KIPP, there are no shortcuts: outstanding educators, more time in school, a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement, and support help the students make significant academic gains and continue to excel in high school and college.

KIPP began when two Teach for America corps alumni, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin launched an intensive 5th grade program at Houston's Garcia Elementary School. Their students' academic success and interest in learning inspired Feinberg and Levin to expand the program throughout the country. The following year Feinberg founded KIPP Academy Houston and Levin founded KIPP Academy in the South Bronx.  KIPP came to Denver in 2002.

In 2000, Don and Doris Fisher, founders of GAP, Inc., formed a unique partnership with Feinberg and Levin to replicate the success of the two schools. Stemming from the belief that great schools need great leaders, they established the KIPP Foundation with the goal of replicating the KIPP model in other parts of the country. Today, there are 82 KIPP schools in 19 states and the District of Columbia serving over 20,000 students.

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