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April 21, 2011 - Goodwill a Celebration in the Pride of Work Well Done

What: Goodwill Industries of Denver,15th Annual Power of Work Luncheon

Where: Downtown Denver Sheraton

When: Thursday April 21, 2011

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

Ticket Prices: Empowerment Sponsor, Table of 10- $1,000, • Table Sponsor, Table of 10 -$500 and $40 Individual Tickets

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver

Host(s): Goodwill Industries Internal Marketing

Master of Ceremonies: Mitch Jelniker 7NEWS anchor

Honoree(s): Todd Munson-Community Leader Award, Stephanie Watson-Family Strengthening Award, Robert Medley-Opportunity Award, Mary Greer-Inspiration Award, and Brandon Garcia de la Cruz-Bright Future Award

Presenting Sponsor(s): EON Office Procurement

President(s): Jesse Wolff-President &CEO

Introductions: Mitch Jelniker

Speaker: Jesse Wolff, CEO Goodwill Industries of Denver and Jamie Van Leeuwen, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor John Hickenlooper

Catering: Downtown Denver Sheraton

Music: Black Odyssey- acappella Music from East High School

Sponsors: Eon-Office Procurement, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation of Colorado, IMA Risk Management Insurance, Charles Schwab, Delta Dental, Community First Foundation, Chase Bank, Arapahoe County Human Services, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch RealEstate, Bradbury Properties, CoBiz Financial, Comcast, Rocky Mountan Cummins, FirstBank, The Goodwill Auxiliary, Sukle, InLinMedia, Syntrinsic, Tebo Store Fictures, Wells Fargo and Xcel Energy

Attendance: 730

Attire: Business Casual

Florist: Statice Floral

Event Coordinator: Erin Rist, Goodwill Industries of Denver

Board of Directors: Carrie Mesch-Chair, W.Dean Salter-Vice Chair, Michael Ebedes-Treasurer, Jean Lawhead-Secretary, Todd Munson-Past Chair, Martin Pocs and Tim Welker-Honorary Directors. Tricia Allen, Greg Ball, Tracy Baumgartner, Kelly Brough, C. Dale Flowers, David Leonard, Scott Maierhofer, Brian Ondre, Dawn Taylor Owens, Jesse Wolff, Scott Worrell and John Youngquest

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 Goodwill Board Chair Carrie Mesch with past chair and Community Leader award winner Todd Munson
Goodwill Board Chair Carrie Mesch with past chair and Community Leader award winner Todd Munson


Paraphrasing a few sources, the difference between a job and work is: a job is a chunk of work, gotten and over with. Some say it was derived from jobber; someone who was part an assembly line.
Work, on the other hand, goes much deeper; work gives the person doing it a sense of pride in accomplishment. Our work is a part of who we are; it may or may not be what we are paid to do.
Goodwill Industries understands the above and has since the turn of the century. On Thursday, the 21st of April, Goodwill invited over 700 friends and supporters to celebrate the 15th Annual Power of Work Luncheon.  The luncheon was held at the Downtown Denver Sheraton and emceed by 7News' Mitch Jelniker. This year’s theme embraced the idea that there is true power in work. Five people were honored--four who used the resources of Goodwill Industries to help change their lives for the better and one who helped to provide those resources through leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy.
The program was opened by acappella music group Black Odyssey from East High school, who volunteered their time to entertain attendees.  Later Goodwill would honor its success stories, but first, Jamie Van Leeuwen, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper, honored Goodwill. The governor proclaimed the 21st of April as Power of Work day. Goodwill in Colorado has a long tradition of providing career education for over 30,000 Coloradoans.
Elena Sirpolaidis from EON, the presenting sponsor for the event, added her praise of Goodwill. She said she “was amazed with the breath of the services they provide and that it is such an honor to support an organization that does so much for our community and our world.” Elena was followed by the honorees, whose stories gave testimony to Goodwill Industries and the Power of Work.
Todd Munson, President of JPMorgan Chase, was recognized, honored and shown gratitude for his dedication and leadership. He wa honored for supporting Goodwill, his community and the citizens of Colorado with his philanthropy and volunteerism. Mr. Munson is a shining example of the kind of people who support the crucial work done by nonprofits in general and Goodwill Industries in particular.
Stephanie Watson, the Family Strengthening Award winner, was one of the millions of people who found herself jobless and in distress due to the economic downturn. She was overwhelmed with the challenges of not only providing for her children but also supporting her mother through a serious illness. At Goodwill she found the resources, love and support she needed to help her return to her status as a successfully contributing member of Colorado society
The Opportunity Award was earned by Robert Medley who, despite the challenges of autism, worked himself up the ranks of Goodwill staff to a position of responsibility as a fork lift driver at the newly remolded Goodwill facilities. Robert is known not only for his excellent work ethic but also for his contribution to morale by his joyful personality.
One of the focuses of the Goodwill Industries has always been to assist those with disabilities to show that they to can work and contribute their efforts to the community. Mary Greer, who won the Inspiration Award, is an inspiration to her fellow workers, Goodwill and everyone who needs to be reminded how much people with disabilities can contribute to their communities, when given a chance.
Perhaps the most relevant award of the event was the Bright Future Award. Brandon Garcia de la Cruz was the recipient of the award. Brandon is a young man who, with the help of Goodwill, empowered himself to rise above the challenges that pressure many young men to join gangs and by embracing education will go on to become a leader in his community and, no doubt a role model for his peers.
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” --Albert Einstein

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