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November 07, 2012 - Denver Scholarship Foundation, Annual Ed Gala

What: The 2012 Ed Gala raised $1.7 million to help Denver students achieve their college degrees.

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Time: Reception: 5:30-6:30; Dinner and program: 6:30

Ticket Prices: Young professional: $125; General tickets: $250; VIP package for two: $2,500; Sponsorships: $3,000 to $50,000; government officials and employees: $50

Beneficiary: Denver Scholarship Foundatio

EMCEE: Anne Trujillo

Presenting Sponsor(s): DaVita and the Thiry O'Leary Foundation

Gala Chairperson(s): Libby Anschutz Brown, Zachary Neumeyer and Dean Prina, MD

Founders: Timothy and Bernadette Marquez

Executive Director: Cindy Abramson

Committee Members: Corporate Development Committee: Eula Adams and Patrick Hatcher (co-chairs), Stanton Dodge, Mike Edwards, Tim Ficker, Jack Kim, Terry Leprino, Laura Peterson, Scott Schelman, Greg Sissel, Jon Treter, Steve White, Gary Valentine

Staff: Patty Disney, finance director; Heather Scott, IT director; Nate Easley, deputy director; John Eichhorn, office manager; Dana Smith, communications manager; Louise Myrland, director of scholarship and evaluation; Rana Tarkenton, director of college success services; Curtis Esquibel, director of college access services; Ann-Marie Manning, director of development

Speaker: Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup

Sponsors: Inspired: DaVita/Thiry-O'Leary Foundation, Azteca Colorado, ABC-Channel 7; Dedicated: Anonymous, Bonanza Creek, Bridget and John Grier, MillerCoors, Scott and Virginia Reiman, The Anschutz Foundation, George and Carol Solich, Titus Foundation, Venoco Inc.; Elevated: Bohemian Foundation, Comcast, Tricolor 96.5, Jose 92.1, Maria 1090 AM, Hutton Parker Foundation, Kenai Drilling, Dick Weil;

Quote of the evening: “And when you change one life, you also change the world around them. We all benefit.” Jim Clifton

Menu: Harvest greens salad with pear, grapes, maple roasted pecans, Maytag bleu cheese; cranberry and sage red bird baked chicken; cinnamon sweet potato mash; green beans; sweet baby peppers; dark chocolate cheesecake with fresh berries; Fort Collins apple almond tart with cinnamon cram and caramel

Attendance: 1,250

Attire: Evening attire

Special Thanks: Kent Thiry, DaVita; Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Coombe, his wife Annie Eastman and their company Milkhaus Productions for the outstanding video presentation that told the story of DSF scholar Elias Gutierrez

Board of Directors: Steve Abelman, Eula Adams, Joe Blake, Stanton Dodge, Patrick Hatcher, Jack Kim, Terry Leprino, Timothy Marquez, Rico Munn, R. Scott Nycum Jr., Dean Prina MD (chairman), Scott Scheirman (chairman-elect), Don Silversmith, Gregory Sissel, Steve White; Ex-officio: Cindy Abramson, executive director, Tom Boasberg, John Elofson; Advisory Council: Mary Gittings Cronin, Barbara Grogan, Steven Kris, Gov John Hickenlooper, Evan Makovsky, Bernadette Marquez, Stewart "Skip" Miller, Theresa Pena, Scott Reiman, Gov Roy Romer, David Scanavino MD, Suzanne Arkle Wilson

Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt

 Governor John Hickenlooper, Nayantara Ghosh, Senator John Morse
Governor John Hickenlooper, Nayantara Ghosh, Senator John Morse

The Hyatt Convention Center was brimming with sponsors, Senators, business owners, CEOs and students who have benefitted from the magnanimous Denver Scholarship fund created and nourished for and by Denver supporters.

The 2012 Ed Gala included an informative program to include Jim Clifton, author, as keynote speaker.

Devoted individuals gathered to honor the Denver Scholarship Foundation and the many people who have made this organization work. Looking at the large crowd, it was obvious--all were satisfied with their accomplishments.

For many students in the Denver Public Schools, continuing their education beyond high school doesn't seem like a viable option. Most often it's not low grades or lack of extracurricular activities keeping them from pursuing their dreams. But the Denver Scholarship Foundation is changing that. They're making a postsecondary degree possible for hundreds of DPS students.

Since the Scholarship Fund launch in 2006, they've made tremendous progress:

  • $15.2 million in scholarships awarded to 3,200 students
  • 30 percent increase in college enrollment
  • 81 percent of their scholarship recipients are still in school or have completed their program

The Ed Gala convened to honor those who make continuing education possible for hundreds of students in the Denver metro area, as well as honoring the many hours of work, funds and dedication required to support education incentives for all students. These generous individuals and corporations, through the years, have made it a real possibility for students to go to college and graduate school.

It was a moment of pride as the long line of scholarship students filed into the ballroom to a standing ovation. For everyone in the room it was validation that dreams of education do come true.

For information on how you can support this important organization, click on Phone: 303-640-6560

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