Mike Miller and Natisha Walton
By Glory Weisberg
If there’s anything more beautiful than the view from the DCPA Seawell Ballroom windows at sunset, it’s the smile on the face of a loved and happy child.
Helping children regain their childhood smiles after abuse is the goal of the Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Their gala, Embrace Kids…Embrace Colorado, was an emotionally evocative fundraiser, full of dedicated board members, guests and honorees.
Andy Boian and Sandra Hagen Solin were gala chairs, Linda Alvarado was corporate chair and Jillian Abramson chaired the auction. Monica Owens and Lauren Cannon Davis were Young Professionals co-chairs.
State Sen. Linda Newell accepted the Child Advocacy Award and Dr. Kathryn Wells won the Professional Award for creating the Foster Care Clinic at Denver Health. David Savitz was honored with the Community Award.
This year a new award was given to the family of the late Walt Imhoff, the Community Award.
Walt and Georgia were the face of the Kempe Center for more than two decades, championing the philosophy and work of the Kempe Center, injecting it with the adrenaline of fervor and financial support. They leave as their legacy an army of former Kempe Center Alliance board and other members who are continuing with the task of helping abused and neglected kids heal and look forward to leading better lives.
Kempe is combining Clinical Care, Advocacy, Research and Education to help kids now and to find more ways to end the cycle of child abuse.
Gov. John Hickenlooper declared April 26 Kempe Foundation and Walt Imhoff Day.
Robin and David Savitz
Jamie Angelich, Sandra Hagen Solin and Lois Paul
Kate and Linda Newell with John Faught
Colleen Eager and Andy Boian
Robert and Linda Alvarado
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