DSF Board Member Jonathan Coleman and his wife Aimee have attended many DSF Annual Galas from the time they became involved with the organization at its inception in 2006. But last year, Jonathan and Aimee brought two special guests to the DSF Annual Gala for the first time: their children, Emerson, 14, and Quincy, 12.
At their Annual Gala dinner table last year, Emerson and Quincy met DSF Alumna Nabaa Hashim. As an immigrant from Iraq, Nabaa shared that coming to America gave her the opportunity to go to college and earn her bachelor’s degree with the help of the DSF Scholarship.
Nabaa’s story left a lasting impression on Emerson. She later visited Nabaa at her job to say hello and stay connected.
This experience, says Jonathan, inspired the Colemans to start a family tradition rooted in supporting their community.
“Emerson and Quincy are excited to attend DSF’s Annual Gala again this year,” says Aimee. “We want our kids to appreciate stories of hard work, resilience, and determination—that is what you hear over and over when you talk to DSF Scholars like Nabaa. Hopefully, it helps our children put themselves in someone else’s shoes and realize that the attitude with which you approach struggles in life, and how you respond to them, makes a huge difference.”
Entering his third year on the DSF Board of Directors, Jonathan explains that engaging with DSF in a leadership capacity has allowed him to gain a deeper understanding of—and appreciation for—the organization’s work in the community.
“Getting to know DSF as a board member has only increased my already high regard for the people involved in our mission,” Jonathan says. “We have a gem of an organization that is achieving success at an unparalleled rate anywhere in the United States. We need to nurture this and grow it!”
By making a personal investment in DSF, the Colemans hope to set an example that not only their children can follow, but also other community leaders.
“For Denver to reach its potential, we need to invest in its students,” shares Jonathan. “In a rapidly changing society that requires a good education to participate fully, we feel an obligation to support incredibly hard working, motivated students, like DSF Scholars, who have overcome substantial obstacles in pursuit of higher education.”
Like many DSF supporters, the Coleman family says the highlight of the Annual Gala is the unique opportunity to make meaningful connections with DSF Scholars and Alumni, who are at the heart of DSF’s mission.
“Every DSF Scholar has great dreams,” says Jonathan. “If we can play a small role in helping them achieve those dreams, then we will know our commitment to DSF has paid off.”
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DSF is grateful for Aimee and Jonathan Coleman’s generous sponsorship of the DSF Annual Gala 2019 at the $25,000 Scholar Sponsor level. Thanks to the long-standing and generous support of the event’s anonymous presenting sponsor, all event costs are underwritten and every dollar raised will go directly to scholarships. Additionally, every dollar donated to the DSF Scholarship Fund will be matched as available by the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI), a program administered by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
Tickets and sponsorships for DSF’s Annual Gala 2019 are available online until Friday, September 20, 2019. We hope to see you there!