Colorado UpLift Guild President Margie Hunter, Fashion Show Chairs Jennifer Myers and Carleen Haselden
There are more than 65,000 at-risk kids in Denver. For 35 years, Colorado UpLift has been uplifting them. Every event is uplifting and every young person the staff and volunteers touch is uplifting.
The distinguished nonprofit is a youth-services organization that teaches character, leadership and life skills to urban kids in 28 Denver public schools. The dedicated staff mentors at-risk kids, who in turn mentor younger ones (Little Lift Program). They learn to look out for each other while forming long-term, life-changing relationships.
Those mentors even go out of the country to assist others in need, including constructing homes for families via UpLift’s Advanced Capstone Project. A group of 20 built a home in Tijuana in two days.
“It’s just a way for me to say thank you,” said a grateful student team member, who had benefitted from Colorado UpLift’s programs.
Young women, called Advanced Leadership students, celebrated the virtues of Colorado UpLift, modelling in the fashion show staged by the Colorado UpLift Guild at Glenmoor Country Club. The membership luncheon and show were made extremely convenient because they were brought to the venue by The Look Beauty Bus and Eveyk’s Fashion Boutique, which literally parked and unloaded at the front door.
Guild President Margie Hunter welcomed the audience by saying, “If you are here, your heart is with our kids. Once UpLift is in your heart, you can never it let go.”
Keynote speaker Kennedy Mayfield, who is 15 years old, shared her personal story of abuse and bullying and how her own life changed for the better when she started the UpLift program at Morey Middle School. Her caring teachers actually listened to her and encouraged her.
“Without UpLift in my life, I would not be here today,” she said.
She further shared her powerful beliefs: “Thanks to those who hated me. You made me stronger. Thanks to those who loved me. You made my heart grow fonder. Thanks to those who cared. You made me feel important. Thanks to those who entered my life. You made me who I am today. Thanks to those who left. You showed me nothing lasts forever. Thanks to those who stayed. You showed me true friendship. Thanks to those who listened.”
Diane Hutcheson, wife of Colorado UpLift Founder Dr. Kent Hutcheson, staff member Inez Robinson, Sally Kneser (first president), Karen Woods and Pam Bansbach.
Eveyk’s Fashion Boutique on wheels rolled in for the UpLift celebration.
Jill Pedicord Peterson, Capstone Program Director Q Nellum, Capstone volunteer Kennedy Mayfield, student speaker for the event, and Katy Truitt
Evelyn Knuckles owner of Eveyk and Gina Comminella owner of The Look.
The Look Beauty Bus was front and center at Glenmoor Country Club.
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