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October 25, 2011 - Cokie Roberts visits Denver Scholarship Foundation

What: Fundraiser for Denver Public School scholars

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time: General reception: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; dinner: 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Individuals: $250; Young professionals: $125; VIP package: $3,000 per couple; Sponorships: $3,000-$100,000

Beneficiary: School children wanting to realize their college dreams

Gala Chairperson(s): Bernie Marquez, Caz Matthews and Dean Prina, MD

Corporate Chairperson(s): Dean Prina MD

Executive Director: Cindy Abramson

Committee Members: CORPORATE AND TICKET SALES COMMITTEE: Steve Abelman, Kerry Crandell, Jason Crow, Nathan Davis, John Elofson, Kasia Iwaniczko, Jack Kim, Marc Levine, Timothy and Bernadette Marquez, Scott Nycum, Griffen O'Shaughnessy, Michael and Shereen Pollak, Scott Scheirman, Nik Solich, David Starbuck, Jon Treter, Steve White; OIL AND GAS COMMITTEE: Timothy Marquez, Chair; Tom Clark, Peter Dea, Mark DePuy, Tim Ficker, Jerry McHugh, Ed McLaughlin, Jim Piccone

Staff: Nate Easley, deputy director; Patty Disney, finance director; John Eichhorn, office manager; Heather Scott, IT director; Dana Smith, communications manager; Rana Tarkenton, director of student services; Louise Myrland, director of scholarship and evaluation; Anne Harris, development director;

Speaker: Emmy award winning commentator Cokie Roberts

Sponsors: Inspired: Anonymous donor; Dedicated: Comcast, Cordillera, The Titus Foundation, Dick & Britney Weil; Elevated: Bank of America, Merill Lynch, BMO Capital Markets, Kenai Drilling Limited, Oil Field Tubulars & Supply Co., The Bohemian Foundation, The Piton Foundation, 7News,

Menu: Harvest greens with shaved fennel, roasted tomatoes, Pecorino cheese and apple cider vinaigrette; rosemary garlic rubbed red bird chicken breast with tarragon glace'; celery root puree whipped potatoes; Fall vegetables; roasted pecan cheesecake with cranberry orange stew or chocolate Marquis with seasoned pumpkin creme

Attendance: 1,400

Attire: Evening, business or cocktail

Special Thanks: In-kind contributions: AmuseMints, Design & Image, MillerCoors

Board of Directors: Steven Abelman, Eula Adams, Mary Gittings Cronin, Stanton Dodge, Barbara Grogan, Patrick Hatcher, Jack Kim, Terry Leprino, Timothy Marquez, Stewart "Skip" Miller, Rico Munn, R. Scott Nycum Jr., Theresa Pena, Dean Prina MD (Chair), Scott Scheirman, Gregory Sissel, Steve White; Ex-Officio: Cindy Abramson (Executive Director), DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg, John Elofson--Secretary; Advisory Council: Steven Kris, Governor John Hickenlooper, Evan Makovsky, Bernadette Marquez, Scott Reiman, Former Governor Roy Romer, Suzanne Arkle Wilson

Blacktie Photos by: Pamela Cress

 DSF Founder Tim Marquez with the three co-chairs of the event this year: his wife Bernie Marquez, Dr. Dean Prina and Caz Matthews
DSF Founder Tim Marquez with the three co-chairs of the event this year: his wife Bernie Marquez, Dr. Dean Prina and Caz Matthews

It was quite the day in Denver--our first big snowstorm, President Obama was visiting just down the street, and, arguably most important, the stellar young adults of the Denver Scholarship program gathered for the Denver Scholarship Foundation event.

More than 1,400 people ignored the pending weather conditions Tuesday and converged at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center to support the Denver Scholarship program. An added bonus for attendees was the presentation by well-known journalist Cokie Roberts.

As a political commentator for ABC News and Senior News Analyst for NPR, Cokie Roberts has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. The Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of very few Americans to attain that honor.  

True to the trend of exemplary participation, chairs of this event this year were Dr. Dean Prina, Caz Matthews and Bernie Marquez, and Anne Trujillo returned as emcee.  Past Denver Scholarship recipient Cristina Chacon spoke effortlessly to the crowd and demonstrated just why this program works.

DSF’s mission is to inspire and empower Denver Public Schools students to achieve their college dreams. Some strides have been made:

  • Since Fall 2007, DSF has awarded $10 million in scholarships to 2,000 students.
  • Their college and financial aid advisors have helped 7,200 seniors earn more than $62 million in additional scholarships.
  • About 75 percent of scholars will be among the first generation in their family to graduate from college.  
  • DPS scholars are succeeding in college -- 78 percent either still enrolled or have completed their program.
  • The number of DPS students who enroll in college the fall after graduation has increased by 350, or 29 percent, since DSF was founded in 2006.
  • The number of DPS students who pass their AP exams has increased by 50 percent since DSF was founded, and the number of students taking college courses while still in high school has tripled since 2008.

Although the weather was stormy this evening, the future is very bright, if these scholars are any indication. For more information, log on to


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