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May 02, 2002 - 650 Pack the House for Mutual Housing

What: Celebrating a decade of success

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: May 2, 2002

Beneficiary: Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing Association

Honoree(s): Community Builders: Wells Fargo Community Development Corp., Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., Colorado Division of Housing, I Have a Dream Foundation, New Town Builders, Gary-Williams Real Estate; Resident Leaders: Darlis Anderson of Mountain Terrace Mutual Housing Community; Metro Vision Award: Belle Creek Community

Welcome: Bill Sullivan, President & CEO

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Teoilhuikatl Aztec Dancers and Heritage African Drum & Dance

Music: Nate Jorgensen of Pro Entertainment

Of note: Gordon Von Stroh, Ph.D., chairman of the board and Bill Sullivan, held 2002 annual business meeting; debut presentation of 2002 video, "Growing Great Communities"

Sponsors: Enterprises USA, Faegre & Benson, FirstBank Holding Co of Colorado, Richards, Seeley & Schaefer Inc., Commercial Federal Bank, Fannie Mae Utah and Colorado Partnership Office, Mountain States Bank, Atrium Windows, Paragon Mortgage Corporation, Ms. JoAnn Soker, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Walter, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Harmon

Quote of the evening: "We had a toast at my table to people who do good and work hard, and I think that applies to Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing." -- Tom Hart, director, Colorado Division of Housing

Menu: Asian pear and mixed green salad with sesame dressing, Moroccan chicken, cous cous with lemon zest and pine nuts, vegetables sautéed in honey and spices, birthday cake and champagne toast

Attendance: 650

Attire: Blacktie

Information: RM Mutual Housing Association @ 303.863.8651 or

Event Coordinator: Linda Regensburger

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes and Mary Winter

 Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing CEO William Sullivan and board chairman Dr. Gordon Von Stroh shared emcee duties throughout the night -- a tough job, well executed
Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing CEO William Sullivan and board chairman Dr. Gordon Von Stroh shared emcee duties throughout the night -- a tough job, well executed

By Blacktie Staff

In 2002 in Colorado, a person earning a wage of $17 to $20 an hour must struggle to keep a roof over a family of four.

"Too often, affordable housing is just out of the picture," William Sullivan, CEO of Rocky Mountain Mutual Housing Association, told an audience of 650 at the non-profit's 10th birthday bash at INVESCO Field.

That's why the need for RMMHA is greater than ever, he said. The organization, which operates more than 2,100 housing units in eight states, is dedicated to providing permanent, safe, affordable housing that residents have a large voice in governing.

"Fifty percent of our board members are living in our units," said Sullivan, explaining that a cornerstone of RMMHA is "mutual respect, voice, and community involvement."

"It's common sense that people have a stronger community sense when they have some control over their lives and input into how those communities are run."

Additionally, RMMHA runs computer and technology classes in many of its communities, and partnerships with other nonprofits give residents wonderful opportunites. "Thirty Mutual Housing kids ... recently talked to working astronauts" via satellite at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Sullivan said.

Mutual Housing now is in eight states. "Our goal is to grow by 1,000 units per year until 2005," said Sullivan.

Sullivan and Dr. Gordon Von Stroh, chairman of the board, bestowed awards on RMMHA supporters at the dinner celebration.

They concluded the ceremony by blowing out candles on a birthday cake and raising a toast to Mutual Housing: "Here's to 10 more great years."

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