Cathy Bodine, Ph.D./UC Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science accepts the $200,000 check from Marc Able, Able Consulting Group. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Construction industry gives back
Déjà vu Rendezvous. Clever name. Clever event. In a way it was a Déjà vu rendezvous for me, having spent several years of my career honing my skills in the construction industry while eagerly learning from the best high-profile mentors. This reminder made me nostalgic. I miss that industry. The cycles. The ups. The downs. The drama. But most of all, I miss the excitement of giving birth to a finished project. Work hard, play hard wasn’t lost on the crowd at “The 11th Annual Night of Celebration for the Construction Industry.”
About 800 revelers began arriving before 5:30 p.m. and continued to arrive throughout the evening until the midnight close of Mile High Station. The planning committee thought of every detail including a taxi cab table for a safe ride home. That’s because the bars were fully stocked and the varied cuisine from Catering by Design was abundant – all night long.
Icon Dean Nelson, one of the Déjà vu originators and Dave Greiner, Greiner Electric.
The beauty of this event is that it is like no other fundraiser in town. And, there are thousands. There is no assigned seating such as a table for 10. There is no silent auction. No live auction. No appeals with “paddle raising.” There is no program. No video. No speeches. There is not even music! It’s pure party. The fun is that all the fundraising is before the party with various levels of sponsorship. Over $2.2 million has been raised to benefit Assistive Technology Partners (ATP) – CU’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. Cathy Bodine, Ph.D., teaches and does research. She has been with ATP since 1996 when CU first hired her and there was one grant available. “It’s about the passion,” she said. “The construction industry really cares about the community. It’s a close-knit industry of good people and good friends. We have a great team and great students.” She mentioned that members of the construction “family” even tour the clinics.
The clinics are for complex disabilities. Most of the funds go to families who have no other way to pay for the patient services. There is also a scholarship fund for postdoctoral students in bioengineering to design for the next generation. The nonprofit ATP is under the umbrella of the University of Colorado. “Our program is unique in the world,” said Dr. Bodine. “No where else is medicine and engineering doing the work we do and all we do is in collaboration.”
Scottie Taylor Iverson is Lifestyle editor and advertising sales for The Villager Newspaper. Before launching her own marketing business – Swan Taylor Denver, she headed the Sales and Marketing Council for the Homebuilders Association of Metro Denver. She has won numerous community and creative industry awards for her clients and her company as well as two National Newspaper Association awards and four Colorado Press Association awards.
Sara and Bill Caile, one of the original eight establishing Déjà vu Rendezvous.
Terry Autry – RMH Group, Angela Innes – RMH Group and Gordon Slutsky – GH Phipps Construction Companies
CU Denver Chancellor Dorothy Horrell, Ph.D.
Jesse Steinert – Saunders Construction, Haley Steinert – CU Neurology Dept., Jim McKinnon – Saunders Construction and Brian Watson, Northstar Commercial Properties
Brett Sturm – Jordy Construction, Beth Lundquist and Ruthanne Lundquist of Heggem-Lundquist, Sean Igoe – Jordy Construction
Clint Eskridge, Katie Eskridge, Noah Carter and Jess Stolz from HEI Civil
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