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April 12, 2011 - Denver Public Schools Foundation Achieve Gala

What: Annual celebration of achievement for Denver's Public Schools held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Time: 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception, 7:00 p.m.dinner and program

Ticket Prices: $250 for individual tickets

Gala Chairperson(s): Ron and Cille Williams

Honorary Chairperson(s): Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Vidal

Welcome: Ron and Cille Williams

Speaker: Tom Boasberg

Catering: Hyatt Regency

Sponsors: 5280 Magazine, Comcast, Hyatt Regency, Kaiser Permanente, Tiffany and Co. and United Airlines

Attendance: 1,300

Attire: Cocktail and evening

Board of Directors: Kristin Richardson, Chair; Donna Lynne, Chair-Elect; Jeff Ross, Treasurer; Francisco Garcia, Secretary; Scott Binder; Tom Boasberg; Kelly Brough; Brooke Brown; Scott Carpenter; Chris Chavez; Leanna Clark; Kristin Heath Colon; Doug Friednash; Noel Ginsburg; Bruce Hoyt; Mariner Kemper; Charlie Kercheval; Leslie Mitchell; Margot McClendon Pinto; Rich Rainaldi; David Shapiro; Craig Umbaugh; Roxane White; Ronald Williams

Blacktie Photos by: Chad Chisholm

 Gov. Hickenlooper, Kristin Richardson, Ron Williams and Sam Gary
Gov. Hickenlooper, Kristin Richardson, Ron Williams and Sam Gary

Denver Public School Foundation Achieve Gala on April 12th was a sold out event at the Hyatt Regency, hosting 1,300 people in the main ballroom. With publicly recognized faces and over 150 sponsored teachers and principals in attendance, the evening celebrated the Denver Public Schools, the talented kids attending them, and the remarkable teachers and facilitators making Denver one of the premier school districts in the country.

Denver Mayor Bill Vidal is a proud parent of kids who went through the DPS system. Thanking the sponsors for the evening, he beamed about his own girls’ success. 5280 Magazine, Comcast, Hyatt Regency, Kaiser Permanente, Tiffany and Co. and United Airlines were happy to help make the evening a raging success as the event sponsors.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg was happy to congratulate DPS and announce that there will be no furlough days for the school district, and an increase in positions while other districts in the state and around the country are making cuts. Denver School District is thriving with the support of the community and dedication of teachers and administrators alike.

Ron Williams was honored by friend and business partner Sam Gary for his contribution to the DPS board for over ten years. Noting Williams’ final term on the school board, Gary featured Williams’ dedication to DPS, shaping schools and creating a better future for the Children of Denver. 

Governor Hickenlooper also spoke of the distinctions DPS is achieving. He reflected on how President Obama made mention of the Bruce Randolf School during the State of the Union Address, which has invested the time and care to its students, encouraging them and graduating 97% of its seniors last year. 

Those in attendance also heard from two graduating seniors-- Musu Sirleaf and Tyler Quintana. Musu, originally from Liberia who came to the United States with her family to seek an American education, is graduating from Montbello High School with a 4.1 GPA. Attributing much of her success to the encouragement, help and guidance from her DPS experience, she is now a finalist for the Gates Millennium Scholarship and semi-finalist for the Daniels Scholarship. She plans to attend college and earn a degree in broadcast journalism. Tyler Quintana attends the Denver Center for International Studies. Accrediting his school for his sense of self and molded character, he has been in the DPS system his whole life. With the assistance of travel scholarships, he spent five weeks in Sierra Leon building a school in Kabala. Since then, he has started the “Ambulance for Africa” project with the first life-saving service automobile crossing the Atlantic this year to aid the community.

It is apparent that the citizens of Denver value education and the future of our children. Those in attendance enjoyed an evening of entertainment, celebration, and recognition for tireless efforts. Visit to make a contribution of time, talents, or finances to invest in our great Mile High city’s future.  

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