The Seawell Grand Ballroom was decked out in a sea of blue when the Kempe Foundation paid tribute to the Kempe Center of Excellence for its 45 years of service in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The tagline “Forty-Five Forward” underscored inspiration and support for the future.
President and CEO John Faught said, “As we look to the future, we are confident Kempe will remain a world leader in our field.”
Under the direction of chair extraordinaire Victoria Gartelos, the annual fundraiser format was changed; entertainment was imVported from Cypress, Greece; a distinguished professor was the keynote speaker; outstanding awards were presented, and inspirational stories were shared.
In addition, the impressive list of honorary chairs included Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep. Diana DeGette, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Imagine 2017 Chair Victoria Gartelos with Kempe Foundation President and CEO John Faught and Mistress of Ceremonies Dr. Erica Shields.
The Kempe Professional Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated dedicated leadership effecting change for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and improving the lives of abused and neglected children. David Olds, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado at Denver and founder of the Nurse-Family Partnership, was the recipient.
“Terrible things can be prevented and good things can be made to happen with the involvement of nurses with these families early in their lives,” Olds said.
All the way from Cypress, the featured after-dinner entertainers were young dramatic baritone Yiorgo Ioannou and singer Elena Papapanagiotou, accompanied by Efthivoulos Theocharous.
The Imhoff Family Community Award is presented to individuals for their philanthropic leadership and personal commitment to improving the lives of children and families and to the important work of Kempe. Blair and Kristin Richardson were honored with this award because of their outstanding and ongoing commitment and contributions to the community, with primary devotion to children and education for 22 years.
Keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Krugman, a distinguished university professor at the Kempe Center at the University of Colorado, where he has spent his entire academic career. Krugman is a graduate of Princeton and earned his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. A board-certified pediatrician, he did his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Keynote speaker Dr. Richard Krugman with special guest Lori Jackson.
Special guest was Lori Jackson, MA, LPC, RRT, mental health therapist—infant, child, couple, individual and family. She is a skilled clinician, who has taken her own personal traumatic experience, transcended and provided hope and healing for thousands of individuals and families.
LaFawn Biddle and Wayne Connell at the cocktail reception.
The 2017 Kempe Professional Award was presented to David Olds, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and founder of the Nurse-Family Partnership, by Kempe Center Executive Director Dr. Des Runyan.
Kristin and Blair Richardson received the Imhoff Family Community Award from Patty and Michael Imhoff.
For further information, kempe.org.
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