Kent Denver Head of School, Rand Harrington, Gives His Opening Remarks
On Thursday, March 7, Breakthrough Kent Denver hosted its 10th annual ‘Give Your Love to Breakthrough’ gala in the Kent Denver Schaden Dining Hall! Over 320 guests enjoyed a delicious menu, libations and incredible music from Kent Denver’s own Quincy Avenue Rhythm Band. Guests also bid on a myriad of silent and live auction items throughout the night, which all contributed to Breakthrough’s transportation and programmatic costs.
Along with a live auction and paddle raise, the evening’s program included two speeches. Sadia Aziz, a Teaching Fellow alumnus and current DSST science teacher recalled how Breakthrough’s training gave her the necessary tools to excel in Denver Public Schools. Steven Hernandez, a rising college Freshman, brought tears to the eyes of guests as he shared Breakthrough’s impact on his life. “In sixth grade, the environment I lived in made me feel alone,” he recalled. “I began to isolate myself and lose focus in my academics. When Breakthrough came to present its program at our school, I decided to apply. Receiving my acceptance letter to Breakthrough was one of the greatest moments of my life. Breakthrough has helped me become 100 percent by motivating me to reach goals I never thought possible. I am proud to announce that I have met the first of my goals. This fall, I will be attending Brown University as a Freshman and I will be the first in my family to go to college!”
The night was a huge success overall, and we could not have supported students like Steven without the support of our incredible sponsors, RMB Capital, Semple Brown Design, Denver Metro OMS, the Baum Family, and Christine
DeRose of RBC Wealth Management played an enormous part in our success – and a very special thank you to the surprise donation from Community Banks of Colorado! As we celebrate yet another successful gala, thank you to everyone who helped ‘Give Your Love to Breakthrough’!
Chris Finale, Breakthrough Executive Director Sarah Dutcher and Jerry Walker Enjoying the Evening at Kent Denver
Another Donation to Breakthrough’s Program via Paddle Raise
Joey Finale and Program Director, Brooke Lynn Brewer Enjoying the Night
Student Speaker, Steven Hernandez Shares His Story
Gala Guests Smile Before Bidding on Silent Auction Items
Loni DesJardin & Dawn Mohatt at The “Bus Station” During the Event
Former Breakthrough Students Pose Before Ushering in Guests
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