May 09, 2001 - Urban Peak Maverick Thinkers Event
What: Dinner and program honoring 2001 “Maverick Thinker” Jim Bye
Where: Phipps Tennis Pavilion
When: May 9, 2001
Beneficiary: Urban Peak, a program that helps youths permanently leave the street life
Master of Ceremonies: Jim Polsfut
Honoree(s): Jim Bye
Catering: Three Tomatoes
Sponsors: Chambers Family Fund; Holme, Roberts & Owen; Helen McLoriane; The Piton Foundation; UnitedGlobalCom, Inc.; Wagner Investment Management, Inc.; Asset Management Group; Guaranty Bank & Trust; Coors Brewing; Dain Rauscher; ADCO General; Craig Archibald; Jim Bye.
Quote of the evening: “We’ve raised just short of $80,000 tonight. That keeps a 40-bed shelter open for seven months, so thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Roxane White
2001 Maverick Thinker Jim Bye, the evening’s honoree, and his wife Pat . Jim Bye, who graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, is active in Boy Scouts, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Piton Foundation, VOA and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, among numerous other nonprofits.
“My grandfather left me and went to Texas, and I had nowhere to go.”
With that opener, 21-year-old Xenny Young gave a moving talk to the Second Annual Maverick Thinkers Dinner audience about how he ended up at Urban Peak, where he has found a home and people who support him.
“You can’t do it by yourself,” he concluded. “It’s impossible. The best decision I ever made in my life was to go to Urban Peak.”
Young exemplifies the spirit of Urban Peak, which has been getting kids off the street since 1997. Today, the nonprofit houses 200 kids and helps them learn skills so they leave the organization strong and independent.
Jim Bye was honored as this year’s Maverick Thinker because of his philosophy that “it’s never too late” to change a life.
Urban Peak CEO Roxane White talked about the young people who inspire her in her work. “I think about the courage it must take just to walk in our doors and say, ‘I’m homeless – I’m hungry.’’’
She thanked guests for “having the courage to keep believing in us.” She thanked her staff for “having the ability to believe in our young people and help them dig deep and find hope.”
And she thanked Jim Bye for “always taking my phone calls.”