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May 12, 2012 - My Favorite Non-Profit Gala Hosts Up with People

What: Celebration and auction/fundraiser for Up with People

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Host(s): My Favorite Non-Profit, LLC, with 2011 Mayoral Candidate James Mejia

Music: Up with People cast

Sponsors: Grills Family Foundation, Elite Brands, Camp Up with People, John Hall, Coldwell Banker Previews, Tim Andersen & Randy Faiai, Chris and Marcee Mygatt, Carmen Beck, Chuck Jarrett, Dale & Mindy Penny, 560 KLZ, 96.5 LaTricolor

Attendance: 300-350

Attire: Cocktail

 Michael Shaw and Ralph Grills
Michael Shaw and Ralph Grills

Since 1965, over 21,000 people from over 70 countries have traveled abroad with Up with People reaching every corner of the earth.  Up with People has grown into a world renowned organization making a difference all over the world through their volunteer projects and by sharing their passion for music through inspirational songs and performances.

  • Up with People has visited more than 4,000 communities in 42 countries;
  • Over 3 million hours of community service have been performed by Up with People students;
  • 500,000 host families around the world have welcomed Up with People students into their homes;
  • An estimated 22 million people worldwide have been directly impacted by Up with People.

On Saturday night at the Marriot City Center, patrons gathered in the foyer, perusing the silent auction and catching up with friends, old and new. The entire evening was a wonderful prelude to the grand finale Up with People performance.

To begin the evening festivities, 2011 Denver Mayoral candidate and Gala emcee James Mejia took to the stage and spoke about the positive impact Up with People has had around the world and thanked My Favorite Non-Profit for honoring Up with People on the night. Up with People alumni and local supporters Michael and Suzanne Shaw, real estate mogul Jack Fowler, and My Favorite Non-Profit founder Ralph Grills joined a room full of supportive patrons for a marvelous evening.

For more information about the gala beneficiary, Up with People, log on to  For more about the event host, My Favorite Non-Profit, visit

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