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March 12, 2002 - Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation Roasts Mayor Webb

What: Roast and fundraiser

Where: Adam's Mark Denver

When: March 12, 2002

Beneficiary: Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation

EMCEE: Les Shapiro

Gala Chairperson(s): Chair: Greg Kolomitz

Founders: Chris Romer, son of Roy Romer, 1988

Executive Director: Mary Hanewell

Co-President(s): President: George J. Flanders

Introductions: George Flanders

Speaker: "Roasters" Steven W. Farber, Daniel E. Muse, Paul Sandoval, Maria Garcia Berry and Joseph G. Webb

Entertainment: Video by Denver Center Media and the Dreamers

Sponsors: Gold Sponsors ($5,000): Morrison & Foerster Foundation and Steven & Patti Kaufmann; RBC Dain Rauscher Inc.; UBS Paine Webber; Western Springs Group, George Flanders, President

Quote of the evening: "One thing we do know about Mayor Webb is that before the naming rights to Mile High Stadium were sold to Invesco, the mayor wanted to call it Pierre's Fish Fry at Mile High."

Menu: Chinese chicken salad, chocolate flan

Attendance: 700

Attire: Business

Special Thanks: Mayor Wellington Webb, Cuba Cuba, Denver Center Attractions, Denver Center Media, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, Denver Public Schools, Les Shapiro, Mile High United Way, Devra Ochs & Alece Birnbach and Tamayo Restaurant

Information: Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation: 303 861-5005

Blacktie Photos by: Laurie Clark

 Mayor Webb's daughter Stephanie O'Malley and Donna Good
Mayor Webb's daughter Stephanie O'Malley and Donna Good

By Laurie Clark

“Under your leadership, Mayor Webb, Denver has grown, and you, sir, have grown, and grown, and grown…..” And so began a plethora of playful put-downs of Mayor Wellington Webb at the I Have A Dream Foundation’s 2nd Annual Dreamer’s Roast Luncheon.

The menu may have said chicken, but the main entrée was definitely “roast” as Hizzoner sat attentively on the stage and listened as his colleagues teased him good-naturedly about Invesco Field, Ocean Journey and his fondness for all things fattening.

The Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation (CIHAD) was founded as a non-profit organization in 1988 with a mission to encourage the high school graduation of at-risk students in Denver. CIHAD adopts classes of students – called Dreamers - and works with them from fourth grade through high school graduation. The program encompasses after-school and summer programs, tutoring, mentoring, community service, enrichment activities and – most significantly – the opportunity for long-term, trusting relationships.

Media personality Les Shapiro kicked off the event at the Adam’s Mark Hotel by introducing the crowd of 700 to a special video, courtesy of Denver Center Media. The video, made with the help of some the Dreamers themselves, offered real insight into the lives affected by CIHAD.

Many of kids on the screen were on hand in the ballroom for lunch. It was truly inspiring to hear them tell of how, without this program, they would never have dreamed of ever finishing high school, much less going on to college. It showed several Dreamers who, after 12 weeks of studying outer space, became some of the first kids in the nation to actually speak to astronauts on a current mission.

After the video, Dreamer Anthony Ginn was awarded the Colorado I Have A Dream Summit Award. Since becoming involved in the program, Anthony has overcome some incredible obstacles to achieve success and plans to attend college in the fall.

Mayor Webb took all the ribbing in stride, even when roaster Steve Farber quipped, “One thing we do know about Mayor Webb is that before the naming rights to Mile High Stadium were sold to Invesco, the mayor wanted to call it Pierre’s Fish Fry at Mile High.”

The afternoon was all in good fun and over $100,000 was raised for CIHAD. That money will go a long way in helping many dreams come true.

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