March 05, 2002 - Denver Press Club Honors David Halberstam
What: Damon Runyon Award Banquet
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel
When: March 6, 2002
Beneficiary: Denver Press Club Scholarship Fund
Master of Ceremonies: KUSA-TV's Jim Benneman
Gala Chairperson(s): Mark Stutz, John Ensslin, Bruce Goldberg
Co-President(s): Don Knox
Introductions: Don Knox, Mark Stutz, John Ensslin, Mike McPhee, Bruce Goldberg
Of note: VIP event with Mr. Halberstam preceded the dinner
Sponsors: Oppenheimer Fund Services, The Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News
Board of Directors: Don Knox, Jim Sund, Peggy Lowe, Tom Mehs
Blacktie Photos by: Kenton Kuhn
Pulitzer Prize winning author David Halberstam moves in style from the Denver Press Club to the Hyatt Regency.
It's a wonder Denver's two dailies published on March 7. By the looks of things, the city's entire Fourth Estate turned out the night before for a gala honoring David Halberstam, one of the godfathers of modern journalism.
The Denver Press Club presented the noted author and journalist with its coveted Damon Runyon Award. In receiving the award, Halberstam follows media luminaries Jimmy Breslin, Mike Royko, Herb Caen, Molly Ivins, Pete Hamill, Ted Turner, Maureen Dowd and Tom Brokaw. The club also kicked off its "Fireplace Fund" capital-fundraising campaign with $25,000 donations each from the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News.
Halberstam is a legendary figure in American journalism, whose reporting on the Vietnam War won him a Pulitzer Prize. His last 11 books have made the New York Times best-seller list.
Mr. Halberstam was surprised to learn that the Denver Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in the United States.
The format of the presentation was a bit unusual, at Mr. Halberstam's request. Instead of the usual speech, Mr. Halberstam was interviewed live, and then answered questions from the audience. The crowd of 400 enjoyed the opportunity to hear from such a brilliant author.
Proceeds from the event help to fund Damon Runyon Scholarships for Colorado Journalism students.