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May 12, 2012 - BGCMD's Largest Youth of the Year Gala Sparkles with Energy

What: Celebration of outstanding young people served by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, featuring 23 Youth of the Year honorees exemplifying academic achievements, service to community and strength in overcoming challenges, as well as three Champions of Youth awardees.

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $250

Beneficiary: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Honoree(s): 2012 Metro Denver Youth of the Year: Manuel Anchondo; 2012 Metro Denver Junior Youths of the Year: Daniela Casas and Karol Martinez; 2012 Champions of Youth: Jim Bershof, Jim Howell, Bob Shopneck; 2012 Junior and Senior Club Honorees

Presenting Sponsor(s): DaVita and Kent Thiry & Denise O’Leary

Honorary Chairperson(s): Gov. John Hickenlooper and First Lady Helen Thorpe Mayor; Mayor Michael B. Hancock and First Lady Mary Louise Lee

Co-Chair(s): Kent Thiry and Denise O’Leary; James Mulligan and Joan Burleson

Executive Director: John Arigoni

Catering: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

Entertainment: Club members Cristian Malpicac, Quireace Cobb and Amoni Law, and Ivy Robinson

Sponsors: Sponsors include: MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation, Prologis, Snell & Wilmer Law Offices LLC, Venoco Inc., Berenbaum Weinshiek PC, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, Cassidy Turley Fuller Real Estate,Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Denver Broncos Football Club, Root Sports, The Salah Foundation, John Strohm and Mary Pat Link, Suncor Energy, Ascent Private Capital Management, BBVA Compass, Ramey & Max Caulkins, CenturyLink, DCP Midstream, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Scott & Susan Drake, ghSMART & Company Inc., General Motors Foundation, Holland & Hart, Howell Construction, KeyBank, Peter & Laurie Korneffel, MarkWest Energy Partners LP, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management – Ed Brown, Pinnacol Assurance, The Piton Foundation, Powers Products, Saunders Construction Inc, Jenna & Walker Stapleton/Harmes C. Fishback Foundation, Swoozies & The Gart Family, The TriZetto Group, tw telecom inc, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, U.S. Bank, Verizon

Auctioneer: Larry Miller

Menu: Salad of baby spinach with blueberries, strawberries, walnuts and local cheese served with cherry-vinagrette dressing; grilled, spiced-beef filet with Moroccan risotto, green beans and baby peppers with red-wine reduction; vegetarian entree: Napolean grill with farmer's-market ratatouille; chocolate mousse and white-chocolate cheesecake

Attendance: 800

Attire: Cocktail, business formal

Special Thanks: AC Golden Brewing Company, Mary Anschutz, Banfi Collepino, The BGCMD Associate Board of Directors, The BGCMD Board of Directors, Ken Gooden, Chris Haugen and Free Lunch Photography, Barry Jones and Design Works by Dave and Mike Laurie Korneffel, Jerry and Esther Martinez and Studio M Photography, Keith Miller, MillerCoors, Carie Mueller, James Mulligan and Joan Burleson, Chris Stoeber, Kent Thiry and Denise O’Leary, Trivento/Banfi Vitners, and all auction donors


Event Coordinator: Jessica Prasser

Board of Directors: Chairman: Tom O’Donnell, Vice-Chairman: Max Caulkins, Secretary: Laurie Korneffel; Mary Anschutz, Patricia Baca, Jim Bershof, Libby Anschutz Brown, Edward Brown, Kendall Carbone, Dan Collins, Don Collins, Carolyn Craig, Joe Ellis, David Eves, Sidney Gates, Larry Harmsen, Nesa E. Hassanein, James R. Howell, Leeann Iacino, Dan Igoe, Brandon Johnson, Sherri Kroonenberg, Charles Leder, Benny Madrid, Steve McConahey, Shawn McLaughlin, Anthony Montoya, Mike Naylor, Will F. Nicholson, Jr., Marc Parker, Brent Powers, Marty Schmitz, Bob Shopneck, Joe Slavik, Joe Smith, John Strohm, Bernie Szachara, Nancy Thonen, Michael Touff, Mark Urich, Scott Wylie

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 Event chairs and dignitaries get ready to honor BGCMD special youth
Event chairs and dignitaries get ready to honor BGCMD special youth

When an event’s tables-for-10 numbers hit triple digits, someone’s doing something right. On Saturday, May 12, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver hosted its largest-ever fundraiser, hitting the 1,000 mark for RSVPs at this year’s Youth of the Year Gala. Celebrating 12,000 club members across the metro area, the event drew well-known civic, sports and business leaders among its attendees and supporters.

The crowd grew continually in the second-floor foyer of the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center during the opening reception and extensive silent auction, but there were no complaints—a youthful spirit filled the area as friends and family mingled. Guests adjourned to a dinner program that needed no “big-name” entertainers. Instead, the evening was highlighted by talented youngsters’ performances: a piano medley by
Cristian Malpicac, original dance by Quireace Cobb and Amoni Law, and Ivy Robinson singing “Who Says.” BGCMD advocates, Jim Bershof, Jim Howell and Bob Shopneck, were honored as 2012 Champions of the Year.

The evening also included a spirited live auction, with talks by big-kid supporters. Those who took the stage included
Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, BGCMD’s amiable CEO John Arigoni, board chair Tom O’Donnell, auctioneer Larry Miller, and event co-chairs Kent Thiery and Denise O’Leary, and James Mulligan and Joan Burleson. Theiry, DaVita CEO and event sponsor, provided the comic-relief moment of the evening when he promised an extra donation of $30,000 if all the attendees would get up and dance. With Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September” blaring over the loudspeakers, a cast of 1,000 took him up on the offer—including Gov. Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock.

The focus of the event remained celebrating the accomplishments of young people through their involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Manuel Anchondo, Youth of the Year honoree, told his success story eloquently and sincerely, and had the crowd on its feet when he added a placard with his future career choice—mechanical engineering—to the stage display of vocations. Daniela Casas and Karol Martinez were named Junior Youths of the Year, and junior and senior Club honorees were: Amber Corbett, Lucrezia Deleon, Anastasia Lawrence, Kevin Vo, Cristyl Hurtado, Heaven-Leigh Howard, Giselle Cosme, Cristian Malpica, Ruby Hernandez, Kayla Serrano, Gloria Montoya, Jahlyssa Garcia, Ivonne Lopez-Hernandez, Issac Garces, Brianna Cisneros, William West, Monica Garcia, Susma Mishra, Jordan Walker and Savanah Lara.

For more than 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver has helped change and save the lives of thousands of young people across the community, providing children with a supportive and enriching place to go after school and in the summertime. The Clubs offer safe facilities and positive activities including homework help, computer training, and arts instruction. In the last year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver provided more than one million hours of programming for more than 12,000 youth in the metro area...programs and services promote and enhance the development of kids and teens by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. 

Clubs reach out to those who cannot afford, or may lack access to, other community programs, serving kids and teens between the ages of 6 and 18 at a cost of only $2 a year for each member. Youth benefit from a safe, positive environment and supportive relationships with adults and peers in a dedicated youth facility with professional staff that is open during critical hours when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets. For more information, please visit:


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