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April 20, 2013 - Up with People Gala 2013

What: Benefiting The Global Scholarship Fund

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Saturday, April 20, 2013

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. cocktail reception / 7:00 p.m. dinner & open performance

Ticket Prices: $150

Beneficiary: The Global Scholarship Fund

Founders: Blanton & Betty Belk

Committee Members: Sary Garcia, David Goldberg, Tim & Charlotte Lane, Jill & Eric Lentz, John Peterson & Jill Pedicord Peterson, Laurie & Eric Roster, Amy Jordon Russ, Michael & Suzanne Shaw, Tom Valdez & Karen Isaak Valdez

Staff: CEO: Alain Thiry; CFO: Anne Gallagher; Senior VP: Paul Whitaker; Senior VP: Eric Lentz

Speaker: Captain Eugene Cernan

Catering: Denver City Center Marriott

Entertainment: Up with People

Sponsors: Coldwell Banker, The Denver Post, Chuck Jarrett, Louisa Davis & Dale & Mindy Penny, John Peterson & Jill Pedicord Peterson, The Susan Baker Family, Elite Brands, Shotcrete Technologies Inc, Advantage Self Storage, Etkin Johnson Group, Crossroads Mangement Services LLC., CoBiz Financial, Isaak Bond Investments, Up with People International Alumnni Assocation

Auctioneer: Rick Rolph

Menu: Shaved fennel, gold raisins & bleu cheese with blood orange vinaigrette dressing; seared Redbird Farms chicken with Pancette honey & sage jus; butternut squash Risotto asparagus & red pepper

Donors: Wine donor - Elite Brands

Board of Directors: Tim Andersen, Neil Ayotte, David Baudler, Louisa Crockett Davis, Angel Cortes, Marybeth Cunningham, Robert Cygnaeus, Guadalupe Esparza Mendez, Carey Ford, Keith Frohreich, John Hall, Chuck Jarrett (chairman), Dale Penny, Stuart Shepherd, Alain Thiry; For Advisory and Lifetime board members, visit

Blacktie Photos by: Rinna Gordon

 Blanton Belk, left, Tom Costello and Captain Eugene Cernan
Blanton Belk, left, Tom Costello and Captain Eugene Cernan

Saturday night, April 20th, people from across the country  and around the world gathered in Denver for the annual Up with People Gala,  benefiting the global scholarship fund. The event was presented by Coldwell Banker.

The opening performance was colorful and spectacular, with the voices of Up with People singing and marching the flags from around the world proudly.

Tom Costello,  NBC News correspondent  and Up with People alumnus, was a huge part of the festivities, and introduced  the  keynote speaker, the last man on the moon--Captain Eugene Cernan.

Rick Rolph brought his usual high energy auction style to some unique auction packages, including a trip for two to Cuba. This experience included activities such as a private tour of the Cuban National Gallery, a special performance by the Cuban National Ballet, a reception at the Cuban National Museum of Fine Arts and the opportunity to meet renowed Cuban artists, composers, and painters. 

The evening was full of entertaining moments, all to benefit the Up with People mission and programs, including the Up with People Global Scholarship Fund. Their motto is "Bringing the World Together" and Saturday night was a perfect example. At the end of the evening Reed Thompson sang a moving song called "Moon Rider"  that touched hearts.

Visit their website: to learn about the educational programs, world travel programs, host family opportunities, and many other wonderful learning, travel and friendship experiences.


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