2017 Downtown Aquarium Wine Fest

Thank you to everyone who supported Kempe on Sept. 9 at the Downtown Aquarium Wine Fest. Hundreds of individuals attended to mingle with winery representatives from California at this afternoon of wine tasting, appetizers and live entertainment. Proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of ticket sales benefited Kempe.

Attorney John Kellogg Named Chair of Foundation Board

The Kempe Foundation announces John W. Kellogg, Esq. as the chair of the organization’s board of directors.

Kellogg is a member of the business section at Moye White LLP. In this role, he advises a wide array of clients on corporate formation and governance, planning and documentation of venture capital financings, as well as development, structure, and due diligence involved with mergers and acquisition. He is passionate about advancing Kempe’s work to care for children.

“For more than 45 years, Kempe has been a global leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect,” said Kellogg. “In my role as board chair, I’m excited to focus on the future of Kempe as we work to ensure every child has the opportunity to grow and thrive.”

Kellogg has been a member of the board of directors since 2015. He succeeds Bill Mackiernan who previously served as board chair.

5280 Names Kempe Professionals "Top Docs"

Kempe is home to many dedicated, passionate and thoughtful professionals who are recognized as experts in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention and treatment.

It is no surprise several of our doctors were once again included on 5280 magazine’s list of “Top Docs.”

We would like to congratulate the following docs who are a part of the Kempe team:

Dr. Andrew Sirotnak, Child Abuse Pediatrics

Dr. Antonia Chiesa, Child Abuse Pediatrics

Dr. Kathryn Wells, Child Abuse Pediatrics

Governor Hickenlooper signs HB 1220 limiting plant grows into law

One of Kempe’s top priorities during the 2017 legislative session included closing loopholes in Colorado’s medical marijuana laws that led to illegal diversion of marijuana out of state, dangerous marijuana home grows, and growing challenges in the ability of law enforcement to respond to these concerns. The Kempe Foundation joined a coalition led by the Governor’s Office and including law enforcement agencies, the public health community, and other county and city agencies to introduce two pieces of legislation designed to close these loopholes.

HB 1220 capped the number of marijuana plants allowed to be grown in a residential home at 12 unless a caregiver registers with their local and state government. The bill also put in place criminal consequences for growing more plants than the cap allows.

HB 1221 created a grant program for law enforcement agencies in communities with fewer than 200,000 residents to be used for marijuana enforcement.

Kempe’s John Faught joined Governor Hickenlooper at the bill signing for HB 1220 and HB 1221 on Thursday, June 8. Kempe applauds legislators for taking these important steps towards closing loopholes that have allowed the dangerous marijuana gray market to flourish in Colorado.

Congratulations to the 2017 Kempe Honor Award Winners

On Saturday, April 22, during Kempe Imagine – a signature dinner event honoring the 45-year history of Kempe and celebrating its vision for the future – Kempe was proud to recognize three individuals as the 2017 Kempe Honor Award winners.

In honor of his 40-year career dedicated to keeping children and families safe, healthy and supported, Kempe awarded David Olds, Ph.D. the 2017 Kempe Professional Award. Dr. Olds is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver where he directs the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health. He is also the creator of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, a leading model in maternal-child health programs being implemented in communities across the country. His dedication to the field is unparalleled and we are grateful for all he has done in support of children and families.

For their similar passion for causes devoted to children and education, Kempe recognized Blair and Kristin Richardson as the 2017 Imhoff Family Community Award winners. For 22 years, Blair and Kristin have demonstrated a philanthropic commitment to the Denver community contributing their time, talent and treasure to numerous organizations and causes. The values of the Richardson family and their foundation are aligned with the importance of family, community building and providing opportunity to all children regardless of economic circumstances. We are grateful for their ongoing support of Kempe and other like-minded organizations.