On March 14, 2019, The Kempe Foundation will host its signature fundraising luncheon, Imagine 2019: Believe in Magic, featuring American illusionist and magician Jason Bishop.
Bishop has starred in two Off-Broadway productions and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and CW Network’s Masters of Illusion. He entertains audiences with one remarkable illusion after another, demonstrating precision and artistry that have made him an invited performer in nearly every state as well as over 30 countries.
While his fast-paced illusions, music and comedy are entertaining, perhaps his greatest trick has been turning a nightmare of a childhood into the real-life story of a self-made rising star. Bishop entered foster care when he was seven years old and developed an interest in magic to escape the harsh reality of his life. Today, his story inspires us to never give up hope and believe in magic.
“Jason is a beacon of hope for children in foster care and his story shines a light on the reality of the system,” said Julia Stone, President and COO of The Kempe Foundation. “Although his childhood experience was unimaginable to many of us, we hope this event will educate the community about the important work that Kempe delivers to provide better outcomes for children in foster care.”
Partnerships, tables and ticket sales from Imagine 2019 will directly support Kempe’s mission to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect and the long-term impacts on children and families.
In April, Bellco Credit Union will collect donations from members for The Kempe Foundation. Your donations help provide critical funding and support for doctors, social workers, researchers, trainers, policy teams, and more.
Give In Person or By Phone
To make a donation in person, stop by any Bellco branch and speak with a Bellco representative.
To make a donation over the phone, contact Bellco’s Member Services at 303-689-7800. They can assist you by transferring funds from one of your Bellco accounts into the Kempe Foundation account.
Learn more here.
Thanks to the generous support of everyone who attended the Imagine 2018 Luncheon, we raised over $220,000 for Colorado kids. With that money, we will continue our work to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities.
photos courtesy of InSync Photography + Design
At last week’s luncheon, we were honored to award Linda Alvarado with the Imhoff Family Community Award and Reggie Bicha with the Kempe Professional Award. These individuals are dedicated not only to the work of Kempe, but also to supporting children in our community through various other channels. We were also thrilled to welcome our keynote speaker, Steve Pemberton, who inspired us all with his uplifting story of resilience.
Click here to view the full Facebook photo album from Imagine 2018!
Child Abuse Prevention Month is just around the corner. We ask that you take some time to think about how you can be part of the future we are working toward – a future where every child is safe and healthy, and child abuse and neglect are a thing of the past.
On March 15, The Kempe Foundation will honor two individuals at our signature Imagine 2018 Luncheon – Reggie Bicha and Linda Alvarado. Both of this year’s honorees are commended for their dedication to children through professional and personal accomplishments and commitments. We are grateful to have both of these individuals as long-time supporters of Kempe and leaders in our community.
2018 Kempe Professional Award Honoree Reggie Bicha serves as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Since his appointment to this role in 2011, Mr. Bicha has engaged in bold initiatives to redesign and refocus the delivery of human services. Under his leadership, CDHS has attracted national attention for its innovation and leadership. In addition, Mr. Bicha has led major advances in the delivery of child welfare services, established a statewide mental health crisis response system, retooled juvenile justice using trauma-informed approaches and employed a 2Gen approach to fight poverty. Mr. Bicha is being recognized for his unparalleled commitment to human services and to the health and well-being of our local community.
2018 Kempe Imhoff Family Community Award Honoree Linda Alvarado is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction, Inc. In addition to her many professional accomplishments in the commercial construction industry, Ms. Alvarado is actively involved in supporting a number of charitable organizations, many of which are dedicated to the well-being and advancement of children and families. She is also dedicated to opening doors and increasing opportunities for women and people of all ethnic backgrounds to enter new careers. She is a passionate supporter of the work of Kempe and well deserving of this honor.
Congratulations to this year’s honorees – we thank you for your passion and dedication to Kempe’s mission to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field, advocating for children and engaging with communities. And we look forward to celebrating you on March 15!
Register today for Imagine 2018 and help us celebrate these incredible individuals!