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August 28, 2004 - Fitness Festival Helps to Kickoff School Year

What: First American State Bank Fitness Festival, a 5K run/walk for all ages

Where: Westlands Park and Crescent Park in Denver Tech Center

When: August 28, 2004

Time: 8:30AM

Beneficiary: First American State Bank Fitness Festival supports the Community Asset Project (CAP) and Cherry Creek School District

Grand Marshal(s): Bazi Kanani of 9NEWS and David Diaz-Infante, former Denver Bronco

Presenting Sponsor(s): First American State Bank

Honorary Chairperson(s): Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools

Corporate Chairperson(s): Jean Galloway of Galloway Group and Nick Lepetsos of First American State Bank

Founders: and Co-Chairs: Kristina and Jay Davidson

Committee Members: Corporate: Carol and Robert Aronowitz, Gail Haun, Walt and Georgia Imhoff, Kay Fair, Scottie Iverson, Emmett Duemke; Silent Auction: Nepeta Godec and Shirley Hebert

Catering: Cool River Café, Cheesy Jones / Robinson Dairy, Il Fornaio, Morton’s Steakhouse – DTC, Starbucks, Strings, The Wellshire Inn, Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods, Tosh’s Too, Yia Yia’s Euro Café

Entertainment: Pre-race aerobics warm-up, autographs by Colorado Mammouth players and Denver Broncos Alumni, 5K run/walk, silent auction

Music: Michael Lancaster and Angels of Avalon from All that Entertainment

Sponsors: Platinum: Bonfils Blood Center, DTC/Meridian; Gold: Infiniti, Centennial Medical Center/Tim Trout; Silver: MDC Richmond American Homes, Republic Financial Corporation, Oakwood Homes, Playnixtoys & Swing Sets, Epic Promotional Group, The Evans Group of Wachovia Securities, Security Title Guaranty Co., Comcast, University of Phoenix, Two Denver Highlands, GdxData, Aronowitz Family Foundation, Kenneth Kendal King Foundation, Joe and Pat Livingston, Walt and Georgia Imhoff; Media: 9NEWS, Clear Channel Colorado, www.blacktie-colorado.com, The Villager; Community: Greenwood Village Denver Tech Center, the Link; Fitness: Greenwood Athletic Center

Attendance: 1,500

Attire: Shorts, event shirts and LOTS of sunscreen

Information: www.fasbfitnessfestival.com

Event Coordinator: Sue Ellen Goss at Innovative Events

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Over 1,500 participants take part in the 4th Annual First American State Bank Fitness Festival
Over 1,500 participants take part in the 4th Annual First American State Bank Fitness Festival
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Elizabeth Byrnes

After an evening of pouring rain, the morning of Saturday, August 28th dawned with clear blue skies with big white, fluffy clouds. Perfect weather for the 4th Annual First American State Bank Fitness Festival, a 5K Run/Walk that benefits the Community Asset Project and the Cherry Creek School District.

The Honorary Chair was Dr. Monte Moses, Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools. “We are all so proud to be a part of this Fitness Festival and grateful that the Community Asset Project will benefit from it,” said Moses. “This 5K Run/Walk has become the “unofficial kick-off” for the beginning of the school season.”

Hundreds of students, cheerleaders, track and field stars, cheerleaders, community leaders, residents and faculty turned out to participate in the race. There was a lot to do before the start of the race to entertain the whole family. Games for the kids, a chance to practice a golf stance, an aerobic warm up station, autographs and photo ops with Denver Bronco Alumni and Colorado Mammoth players and a great silent auction.

“First American State Bank is proud to be the title sponsor of the Fitness Festival for the fourth year,” said Jay Davidson, CEO and Chairman of the Board, event co-chair along with his wife Kristina. “The proceeds go to make our community stronger thorough the Community Asset Project and the work of the school district. We are hopeful other companies will join us to make this year bigger and even better.”

The First American State Bank Fitness Festival is a registered nonprofit whose mission is to help develop skills for a “healthier lifestyle” and to donate funds for youth development as a deterrent to negative behavior such as alcohols, other drug use and violent behavior. Net proceeds from the festival are dedicated to the Community Asset Project, a priority focus for Cherry Creek Schools because of its commitment to enriching young people’s lives with developmental assets that lead to healthy, caring and responsible adults.

The mission Community Asset Project is to build committed community partnerships that promote developmental assets ensuring all children maximize their life skills and academic potential. CAP positively impacts over 46,000 students and their families through their programs, training and asset initiatives.

The 2004 grand marshals were Bazi Kanani, 9NEWS Anchor and David Diaz-Infante, former Denver Bronco. Corporate co-chairs were Jean Galloway, President of the Galloway Group and Nick Lepetsos, Vice President of First American State Bank. The Corporate committee included Carol and Robert Aronowitz, Gail Haun, Walt and Georgia Imhoff, Kay Fair, Scottie Iverson and Emmett Duemke.

“This is a magical event because the families as a whole are involved,” said Galloway. “I am proud to say that my kids went through the Cherry Creek School district and now my grandson will be starting in the fall!”

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