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March 15, 2013 - Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Luncheon

What: A Formula for the Future

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center

When: Friday, March 15, 2013

Time: 11.00 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $100 per person; tables: $3,000

Beneficiary: Students of the Cherry Creek School District

Honoree(s): Mary Chesley, retiring Superintendent, Bill and Karen Fisher, 2013 Champions of Education

EMCEE: Jodi Brooks, CBS4

Speaker: Steve Spangler, The Science Guy

Sponsors: FirstBank and EKS&H

Attendance: 600

Planning Committee: Judy Altenberg, Tom Balakas, Michele Beserra, Karen Fisher, Leslie Ginsburg, Susanne Mooney, Linda Shaw, Rhetta Shead, Kathy Smith, Lori Snyder, Barb Wilson

Board of Directors: Board Chair: Greg Berger; Past Board Chair: Michele Beserra; Superintendent: Mary Chesley; Board of Education Representative: Dave Willman

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Outgoing Superintendent Mary Chesley
Outgoing Superintendent Mary Chesley

The Cherry Creek Schools Foundation was established in 1994 to fund programs in literacy, professional development, and classrom support within district schools.  The efforts of the Foundation have raised over $7 million for the students and staff in the Cherry Creek School District.

A celebration of this year's accomplishments took place last Friday. Emcee Jodi Brooks, a Cherry Creek High School graduate and CBS4 reporter, welcomed the large crowd and introduced various VIPs throughout the  room.  Foundation Board Chair Greg Berger took to the stage and congratuated award winners.  Yoonjoo Ji and Kaman Ling-Chen were the student winners of the AVID Giving Generation Scholarship.  Christopher Madsen was the student winner of the Monte C. Moses Future Educator Scholarship.  Eric Flor, current assistant superintendent, was the winner of the Catherine Canny Educator Award.  Bill and Karen Fisher were the Champions of Education Award recipients, recognizing their varied volunteer efforts throughout the school district.

Outgoing Superintendent Mary Chesley discussed her career and talked about the importance of professional development. Mary has served over 20 years in the Cherry Creek District, starting as a teacher, becoming principal and then rising through the administrative ranks, becoming superintendent in 2009.  In Mary's honor, the board has established the Mary Chesley Professional Development Fund.  Attendees at the luncheon were encouraged to make donations in order to earn a generous matching donation from board members. Mary was also presented with a quilt made from the shirts of various Cherry Creek Schools.  The quilt was carried to the stage by a group of Cherry Creek students, including Mary's own grandson. Mary then introduced Steve Spangler, science guru, and assisted in his science demonstration.  Steve talked about his experiences as a student and teacher in the Cherry Creek District and then it was science excitment.   Steve demonstrated Bernoulli's Principle and had the whole ballroom inflating colorful bags of air.  Steve also knocked cups off the heads of Mary and various aduience members using smoke rings. The crowd left the ballroom enthused about science and ready to have St. Patrick's Day fun.

For more information about the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation, please check out their website at

For information about the Cherry Creek School District itself check out their website at


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