Ralph and Wendy DeBell, Dee and Jan Wisor and Dr. Monte C. Moses, former CCSD Superintendent and Kathy Whitaker, all former leaders and current supporters of the Cherry Creek School District.
BY BOB & GERRI SWEENEY
Receiving the largest standing ovation of the evening was Chipo Muzilikazi, a junior at Grandview High School, lead group vocalist who sang, I Know Where I’ve Been from Hairspray.
Night In Broadway” was a huge success as 600 supporters of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation gave standing ovations to student performers at the 5th Annual Gala banquet held at the Marriott hotel March 28.
The evening theme was headlined “Impact, Innovation, Opportunity, it all adds up.” The very successful foundation event brought in more than $300,000 in revenues. Guests were welcomed and thanked for supporting the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation by Superintendent Dr. Scott Siegfried.
Foundation board chair Steve Topalian reported that this year the Foundation awarded a record 150 classroom grants, which impacted one in two students in the district, while also providing funding that has introduced robotics to all 44 Creek elementary schools. He said, “The Foundation believes in ensuring that all 55,000 students in Cherry Creek Schools have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability.”
Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko, Foundation chairman Steve Topalian and State Sen. Jack Tate.
Master of Ceremony Reggie Rivers did a skillful job leading the evening through an evening of food, fun and entertainment. The National Anthem was presented by Loren Palmer of Eaglecrest High School.
Smoky Hill High School presented a musical number Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music and Grandview rocked the crowd with a Hairspray sensational presentation.
Dr. Monte Moses, former CCSD superintendent presented scholarships to winner Tatiana Dixon to attend the University of Northern Colorado, and runner-up Audrey Espinoza, headed to Colorado Mesa University, both Eaglecrest High School students.
Helen Lustig scholarship winners were Danya Al-Quraishi who will attend the University of Colorado; Hanan Mohammed will attend Colorado College; and Mayra Guzman, awaiting admission choice.
Ethiopian natives Tigabe Tuha and Nuru M. Ali are avid CCHS school supporters from Aurora.
Overall in 2018 the Foundation invested $569,000 in classroom and district programs to support student learning.
Attending the event this year were Nancy and Pete Spence, she was the first chair of the Foundation, and Edie Marks who served on the first year’s founding board. Other Cherry Creek notable figures included Dee and Dr.Jan Wisor, Dr. Monte and Kathy Moses, Wendy and Jack DeBell, and a host of present and past Cherry Creek Schools participants.
John Wolfkill, executive director of the Community College of Aurora Foundation, Adam Goldstein, digital communication specialist with Cherry Creek schools, and Kevin Hougan president of Aurora Chamber of Commerce.
Early founders of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation board 25 years ago Edie Marks, Pete Spence and first board chair Nancy Spence and Elise Marks Gruitch.
The Foundation board chair is Steve Topalian, past board chair, Margie Adams, Siegried, board of education representative Kelly Bates, and parent council representative DeeDee Hooker. Board members include Mari Abrams, David Allen, Angie Anania, Ryan Balakas Michael Carroll, Pete Crowe, Valencia Culbreath, Dave Fisher, Angela Green Garland, Charles Gilford III, Robert Malarkey, Robert Martin, Jr. Brian Rooney, Kathy Smith, Liora Powers Spiess, Peter Stavenger and Katie Wilkins. The Foundation executive staff director Jill Henden, communications manager Nora Olabi, and executive assistant Yolonda Grosso.
Margie Adams was the Gala chair with committee members Kacy Adams, Judy Altenberg, Joann Cantor, Leah Camper, Lorraine Cortese, Nicole Cox, Tanya Harris, Samantha Morris and Kathy Smith.
Assisting in the planning the Gala from district communications office were Abbe Smith, Christina Everson, Adam Goldstein, Anna Osborn Dolan, Thelma Howell and Anders Nelson, and Gincey Mansfield from the superintendent’s office.
Dinner beverages were donated by Break-Thru beverage group.
Major dinner presenting sponsor were enterprise rent-a-car. Reception Sponsors were JHL Constructors and DLR Group. Gold sponsors were MDC Richmond American Foundation/Rocky Mountain. Hospital for Children, Health One and KSE Kronke Sports and Entertainment.
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