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September 03, 2004 - 2004 Youth of the Year Dinner Celebrates Inner-City Youth Success Stories

What: 2004 Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Youth of the Year Awards

Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High

When: August 28, 2004

Time: 5:30 PM

Beneficiary: Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, WB2 Charities and Denver Broncos Charities

Gala Chairperson(s): Teresa Immel and Marissa Tracey

Executive Director: John P. Arigoni - President/CEO

Committee Members: Ed Brown, Carol Dampier, Dan Dampier, Laura Falkenberg, Kitty Hamill, Pat Hamill, Abby Humphrey, Pam Krotchko, Beverly Martinez, Michelle Nathanson, Lee Nelson, Deana M. Perlmutter, Brent Powers, Andrea Powers, Cappy Shopneck, Amy Slothower, Mel Small, Scott Wylie

Staff: Kathy Daly - Vice President of Finance, Kathy Luna - Vice President of Development, Steve Martinez - Vice President of Operations

Catering: Epicurean Catering

Entertainment: Boys & Girls Clubs members

Sponsors: Diamond Sponsors :Oakwood Homes, Invesco Field at Mile High, and Dex Media. >b>Gold Sponsors:Alpert Investments; Arvada Excavating Co.; Arvada Hardwood Floor Co.; Berenbaum, Weinshienk& Eason, P.C.; Don & Mary Elliman; First Western Trust Bank; Holme, Roberts & Owen LLP;Howell Construction; Teresa & Dwaine Immel; MDC Richmond American Homes, Inc.; Metco Landscaping, Inc., Moen, Monier Lifetile, Robert & Cappy Shopneck Silver Sponsors: Capital Access Mortgage, Creation Chamber, Fairfield & Woods PC, Gateway American Properties, LLC., Hexagon Investments, OPUS Northwest, Western Gas Resources, Western Recon Aerial Photography, Whirlpool

Special Thanks: Bacardi, Baskets By Susan, Ceavco, Centerplate, CH2MHill, Cloth Connection, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, Design Works by Dave & Mike- Barry Jones, Distinctive Tent, Epicurean Catering, Fun by GUM, Fun Productions, Golden Bell Press, Invesco Field at Mile High, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Nathanson & Associates Consulting, Nordstrom, Peet's Coffee-Cherry Creek, Rodriguez Creative, Sharon & Bob Sanderman, Southern Wine & Spirits, Stephany's Chocolates, Stilman Photographics


Board of Directors: Patricia Baca, Jim Bershof, Ben Brown, Samuel Butler III, Linda Campbell Reilly, Max Caulkins, Peter Cudlip, Don Elliman, Cindy Galloway, Sidney Gates, Nancy Gegenheimer, Matthew Gold, Patrick H. Hamill, Russell Henson, George Hopfenbeck, Jim R. Howell, Abby Humphrey, Dan Igoe, Steve McConahey, James McCotter, Maggie Morrisey, Haven Moses, Jim Mulligan, Gary Nemmers, Will Nicholson, William O'Connell, Jr., Thomas O'Donnell, Church Owen, John Shaw,

Blacktie Photos by: Janet Woods

 Board Member Jim Mulligan and Joni Burlesson take a walk onto the football field, one of the features of the dinner at INVESCO Field
Board Member Jim Mulligan and Joni Burlesson take a walk onto the football field, one of the features of the dinner at INVESCO Field

Janet Woods

When your futures so bright you gotta wear shades, you’ve also gotta celebrate, and that was the theme for this year’s Youth of the Year awards. The inaugural event at the Players Pavilion at Invesco Field at Mile High was a celebration of youth, encouragement and good works. Fourteen outstanding Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) members were honored on August 28, 2004 for their yearlong achievements and contributions to their Clubs, schools and communities. Over 800 guests attended the event to celebrate the accomplishments of young people in our community and enjoyed an action-filled evening with entertainment by Boys & Girls Clubs members, exciting silent and live auctions and a charity casino with blackjack, roulette, craps, and arcade games. Event co-chairs Teresa Immel and Marissa Tracey transformed the Players Pavilion into a decorative wonderland of glittering lights and flourishing colors draped about the entire room. They also brought out the big hitters with special guests Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver Broncos, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar, and many representatives from the Denver City Council. The crowd received a surprising treat when Pat Bowlen encouraged everyone to get on the field for the rare opportunity to see the stadium and field the way the Broncos see it. The night honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Clubs and to the community with the Champion of Youth Award and the 2004 Youth of the Year Award. The Champion of Youth Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have had a tremendous impact on the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and the youth served by the organization. It is awarded to those who, through words, actions and financial support, show unwavering dedication to improving the lives of youth in our community and is the highest honor presented to a community member or organization by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Will F. Nicholson, Jr. received this year’s Champion of Youth Award. Mr. Nicholson joined the BGCMD’s board of directors in October 1958 and more than 45 years later, he continues to serve as a member of the board. He helped open the first Club in the Denver metro area in 1961 and served on numerous committees over the years. In 1996, he chaired a successful capital campaign that raised $5.2 million for Boys & Girls Clubs, and he served as the chairman of the board from 1996 to 1998. Due in part to his guidance and financial assistance over the years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is today a financially sound organization that has made great strides. The first club in 1961 started with 50 youngsters and a budget of $28,000, and today the Clubs operate with $5 million and help tens of thousands of young people each year. The Youth of the Year Award is the Boys and Girls Clubs highest honor and is presented to the most outstanding members. The yearlong effort starts at home and continues at school, in the community and at the Club. Each Youth of the Year winner receives the J. Reid Lichtenfels Memorial Scholarship. Eighteen-year-old Amber Cortez was the Sr. Youth of the Year Award winner for the city of Denver and the state of Colorado, and delivered heartfelt speech that moved the audience to tears with a standing ovation. Amber was a Club member for seven years, during which time she evolved from a “bystander” to a leader and role model for other Club members. “At the Club, I found a safe place that allowed me to grow strong and a safe place that provided opportunities,” said Amber. “As I got more involved, my attitude became better, doors opened for my future and I finally found a positive path to follow.” Amber was very active in Keystone Club, a leadership Club for teens. She organized service projects and traveled to meet other Keystone members from around the country. Today, she is attending Adams State College and studying criminal justice. Jose Madrid was the Junior Youth of the Year award winner. Jose has been involved in a variety of club activities since becoming a member six years ago. A well-known leader in his Club, he serves as vice president of his Torch Club and has participated in many activities including National Youth Service Day. Last summer he was chosen to attend the Regis Summer Camp, a computer camp for kids. Other honorees were: Sr. Youth Honorees: Ebony Hubbard, Elisha Arellano, Richard Arreola, Monique Trevino, Chanrath Morm, Sonia Moreno Jr. Youth Honorees: Monique Johnson, Bryann Flores, Brea Miller, Leticia Aranda, Nhu Prim, and Karen Ortiz Greeting the award winners were WB2’s Beverly Martinez and Bronco’s players Matt Lepsis, John Lynch and Rod Smith. Following the awards presentation was the live auction, filled with glamorous items for gals and guys alike. For the ladies, the prize of the night was the 18karat gold heart pendant with fifty-four round brilliant cut diamonds. For the guys, it was the 2005 Harley-Davidson V-ROD, golf for three with Ed McCaffrey at Castle Pines, Bronco’s away game package and Munich Oktoberfest trip that won their affections. For those who wanted to share the prize, there was a golf and spa getaway for eight, a dinner for ten with Mayor Hickenlooper and a 2004 Volkswagon Beetle for a jaunt around town. The live auction brought in $97,000. Proceeds from the event will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Denver Broncos Charities and WB2 Charities, funds of the McCormick Tribune Foundation.

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