DSF Annual Gala 2018 raises $1.2 million — THANK YOU!

Last Thursday evening, Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) celebrated our Annual Gala 2018 presented by Patty and Mike Starzer. Thank you to those of you who joined us at the event!

It was a joy to celebrate the achievements of our DSF Scholars. Mena Hashim, DSF Alumna, shared her story as a young immigrant with the dream of becoming a doctor. After graduating from the University of Colorado Denver in 2017 with the help of the DSF Scholarship, Mena is now well on her way to fulfilling her goal as she looks towards medical school. We are proud to support students like Mena on their journeys to and through college graduation. Learn more about Mena by watching this video by award-winning producer Davis Coombe.

Former U.S. Senator Hank Brown, the event’s keynote speaker, shared remarks on the role of education in renewing America’s vitality. Thank you, Senator Brown, for sharing!

Kelly Brough, Chief Executive Officer of the Denver Chamber of Commerce, spoke about Prosperity Denver, or Yes on Initiated Ordinance 300. To learn more about how your vote “Yes” on 300 will help create a dedicated funding stream for DSF and other organizations that provide support to residents in their pursuit of a college degree, visit the Prosperity Denver website.

DSF Alumna Mena Hashim

DSF Alumna Mena Hashim

DSF Annual Gala 2018 Committee Co-Chairs

Annual Gala Committee Co-Chairs
Linda and Don Childears, Toti Cadavid
and Luis Colón, and
DSF CEO Lorii Rabinowitz (center)

Former US Senator Hank Brown

Keynote speaker, former
U.S. Senator Hank Brown

Patty and Mike Starzer

Annual Gala 2018 Presenting Sponsor,
Patty and Mike Starzer

We would like to give a special thank you to our generous sponsors; to Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and Denver Public Schools (DPS) Superintendent Tom Boasberg; to our devoted event co-chairs, Linda and Don Childears, and Toti Cadavid and Luis Colón; and to the chair of the DSF Board of Directors, Dr. Linda S. Bowman.

Thanks to the support of many, this year’s Annual Gala raised over $1.2 million for Denver’s students with the help of the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI). Thank you! Because of the generosity of our community, we are able to further our mission of inspiring and empowering DPS students to enroll in and graduate from college with a certificate, associates or bachelor’s degree.

View and share photos of the event by visiting our album on Flickr. More photos will be posted this week!

Check out a recap about the event on Blacktie Colorado here.

On behalf of the board and staff of DSF, thank you for making college possible for thousands of students each year!

If you were not able to attend the celebration and would like to make a gift to DSF, there is still time! Please click here.


Lorii Rabinowitz
Chief Executive Officer
Denver Scholarship Foundation


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