BY SCOTTIE TAYLOR IVERSON
Dramatic baritone Yiorgo Ioannou is the featured performer.
President and CEO of the Kempe Foundation John Faught, Esq.
The Kempe Center is devoted to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
“This year is a milestone for Kempe as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Kempe Center,” said Victoria Gartelos, board member and chair of the Saturday, April 22 event. “To appropriately recognize the work of Dr. Kempe and those who have followed in his footsteps, we have created a signature dinner, Imagine 2017, that will feature a keynote address by Dr. Richard Krugman, a protégé of Dr. Kempe. We hope to inspire our audience to support the important work of Kempe and make a difference in the lives of children as we ‘imagine’ the next 45 years and how together we can keep children safe and healthy,”
Honorary chairs for the fundraiser to be held at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex will be U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Diana DeGette, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
A highlight of the evening will be a performance by a young artist from Nicosia, Cypress—Yiorgo Ioannou. Although he is only 19 years old, Ioannou is already established as a dramatic baritone and has won competitions in several countries, including the United States. In 2012, he performed at New York City’s Lincoln Center. He wants to make a difference through his work and especially enjoys participating in charity concerts, which now number 51.
The Kempe Professional Award will be presented to David L. Olds, Ph.D. The Imhoff Community Award will be presented to Blair and Kristin Richardson. Celebrity mistress of ceremonies is Erica Shields, MPH, Ph, D., Kempe ambassador co-chair and Mrs. Colorado 2016.
“I hold on to the notion that through our universal energy kids who are being abused or neglected have a sense we care and are trying in every way we can to reach out to them and embrace them,” said John Faught, longtime Kempe supporter and advocate for children.
Faught practiced law for 40 years, has served on the Kempe Foundation Board of Directors since 1993, and is the current president and CEO of the Kempe Foundation.
Tickets and partnerships are available at kempe.org by contacting Development Director Casey Carmichael at 303-864-5304 or Victoria Gartelos, dinner chair at 720-218-0138.
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