June 18, 2011 - Fields Wolfe Foundation- Celebration of Courage
What: An Evening of Excellence- Courageous Citizens of Colorado Awards
Where: The Governor's Mansion
When: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Beneficiary: The Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund
Host(s): Rhonda Fields
EMCEE: Michele Griego
Executive Director: Rhonda Fields
Entertainment: Jazz del Barrio
Music: The House Worship Choir
Donors: CSU, Chambers Wine & Liquor, Kaiser Permanente, Safe 2 Tell, COVA, RMES Communications, Gourmet Fine Catering, The House Worship Center, and Voices of Victims
Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer
Scholars: De Angelo Jones, left, Janeshwar ‘Janu’ Cambrelen and Raven-Syamone Theus
Javad Marshall Fields was a courageous citizen. He had just graduated from Colorado State University, and he was expected to be a key witness in a murder trial. On the night of June 20, 2005, less than a week before the trial was set to begin, Javad and his fiancée, Vivian Wolfe, were shot and killed as they waited at an intersection in their car.
Spurred by their deaths, State Representative Rhonda Fields established a nonprofit organization in honor and memory of her son and his fiancée. Each year in June, the foundation brings the community together to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional citizens making a powerful difference in their community, and our state. On Saturday June 18, 2011 over a 175 people attended the sixth annual Courageous Citizens of Colorado awards ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. The Charity Gala gathered together community leaders, politicians, law enforcement, educators, students, business and nonprofit leaders, and most importantly-- courageous citizens.
This year the honorees were extraordinary indeed, and a testament to the tradition of courage spanning generations. The Spirit of Hope award went to Aliyah Monique Cook, in recognition of her unwavering actions and thoughtful question, “Will I ever have a black teacher?" At nine years old, she is already a bold voice for workplace diversity and quality education. Regina “Regie” Hureter, executive director of Denver’s Crime Prevention, was honored for her thoughtful leadership and sense of logic for juvenile justice reform, intervention and mental health treatment services in addressing racial disparity and minority overrepresentation in Colorado’s criminal justice system. Last but not least, Mr. Joe Cannata, founder of Voices of Victims, was honored for his consistent labor over the decades and for summoning the strength to rebuild lives after being harmed by crime.
The program included remarks and presentations from Joseph Garcia, Colorado Lieutenant Governor; Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal, interim Mayor of Denver; Mitch Morrissey, Denver District Attorney; Steven R. Sigel, 2nd Judicial District; Pastor Del T. Phillips, The House Worship Center; De Angelo Jones, CSU Fields Wolfe Scholarship recipient and Terrance Hunt, co-founder, Friends of Sean “Ranch” Lough. The event closed with a powerful and inspirational message by Maisha Pollard, Javad’s sister, on unmasking the advocate that is in each and every one of us.
The Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund provides financial support to promising students attending Colorado State University. Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshman students and renewed annually to support their goal of obtaining a bachelors degree. Selection is based on strength of character, academic promise, and their willingness to serve the community. Representative Rhonda Fields is a strong advocate for crime victims and has worked tirelessly to promote civic responsibility, integrity, justice, and public safety throughout the State of Colorado.
For more information, visit www.fieldswolfememorialfund.org.