Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Exclusive VIP Event: 5:30 p.m.
General Event Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 6:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Join Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) for an evening with Geoffrey Canada, featured prominently in Waiting for Superman, and founder of Harlem Children’s Zone. Learn more about Mr. Canada on our blog here.

Proceeds from the Annual Gala will make it possible for thousands of Denver Public Schools’ graduates to complete a college degree. DSF collaborates with donors, supporters, educators, families, community colleges, universities, and technical colleges to build partnerships that drive resources and talent to support students on their way to the commencement stage at college graduation.

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.


Join DSF to support students on their journeys to and through college.

View the Sponsorship Brochure and the Commitment Form today!

Contact us at or 303.951.4156 with any questions.

Thank you to our DSF Annual Gala 2019 Committee Members

Honorary Chairs

Governor Jared Polis
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Ms. Susan Daggett
U.S. Senator Cory Gardner and Mrs. Jaime Gardner
Representative Diana DeGette and Mr. Lino Lipinsky
Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Mrs. Mary Louise Lee
Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova and Mr. Eric Duran

Committee Co-Chairs

Michelle and John Hanley
Heidi and Bruce Hoyt

Committee Members

Seth Belzley
Linda Bowman, Ph.D.
Lindsay and Bob Deibel
Zoey DeWolf
Barry Dorfman
Bret Duvall
Cathey and Dick Finlon
Jayne Ford
Blake Fulenwider
Peter Hoselton
Michael Kelly
Dean Koelbel
Evi and Evan Makovsky
Scott Nycum
Mike Pardun
Rich Schierburg
Don Silversmith
Vanessa VandeBurgt

Thank you to our Annual Gala 2019 sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Success Sponsors – $100,000

Future Sponsors — $50,000

Scholar Sponsors — $25,000

Britney and Richard Weil

Jonathan and Aimee Coleman

Access Sponsors — $15,000

Dana and Barry Dorfman

Roger and Linda Bowman Charitable Fund

Scott and Jody Nycum

Impact Sponsors — $10,000

AMG National Trust Bank

Cathey and Richard Finlon

Colorado School of Mines

Councilwoman Kendra Black and Eric Black

David Scanavino, M.D.

Davis Graham & Stubbs

Maffei Foundation

MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation

Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

OfficeScapes Group

Rich Schierburg / Peregrine Group Development

The Madison Group and Steven M. Woodward

University of Denver

Pathway Sponsors — $5,000

Alpine Bank

Ball Foundation

BBVA Compass Bank

Bellco Credit Union

Bow River Capital Partners

BuildStrong Education

Celia and Tom Wattles

Colorado Health Foundation

Delta Dental of Colorado

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation


Erin & Andy Miller and Copley Equity Partners

Extraction Oil & Gas Inc.


Gregory Sissel and Therese Ivancovich Sissel

Gyan-i Inc.

Heidi and Bruce Hoyt

Irma Lockridge | CoorsTek

Jayne Ford

John and Michelle Hanley

JPMorgan Chase

Katie MacWilliams

L C Fulenwider Inc.

Liberty Global, Inc.

Metropolitan State University of Denver


Plante Moran

Ready Foods

Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C.

U.S. Bank

University of Colorado Denver

Vectra Bank Colorado

Opportunity Sponsors — $3,000

ACM High Point VI LLC

Embrey Partners

First Western Trust Bank

Julanna Gilbert, Ph.D. and Robert D. Coombe, Ph.D.

McGeady Becher P.C.

Melinda Alankar

Rachel Brady and Thomas F. Brady, Ph.D.

Steven and Elizabeth Kris

Stewart Miller

Media Sponsor

Beverage Sponsors