Topic: Events

2020 Kempe Foundation Luncheon to Focus on Championing Healthy Childhoods

The Kempe Foundation will host its signature fundraising luncheon on March 13, 2020 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. The luncheon celebrates Kempe’s work to ensure children develop and grow in safe, healthy, nurturing environments, and will inspire community action to keep children safe and healthy for generations to come.

“Each year, we have the privilege of honoring some truly amazing individuals who are championing healthy childhoods by supporting Kempe’s work,” said Julia Stone, President and COO of The Kempe Foundation. “Our work would not be possible without their support and tireless efforts on behalf of children and families throughout Colorado.”

The honorees at this year’s luncheon are:

 

Imhoff Family Community Award: Blue Ribbon Home Warranty / Terri Lane and Ellen Robison

Blue Ribbon Home Warranty, locally owned and operated since 1985, has long been involved in supporting the greater good of the community. Their support over the years and their belief in the work of Kempe and the children and families we serve is why we are proud to name them our 2020 Imhoff Family Community Award Honoree.

 

Kempe Ambassador of the Year: Tracy Rivera, Granite Imports

For over 17 years, Rivera has been a foster youth advocate for Kempe’s Fostering Healthy Futures program, an evidence-based intervention for pre-adolescent children in out-of-home care. She has raised awareness for children in the foster care system and has provided much needed support to Kempe and the children we serve to promote healthy youth development.

 

The 2020 luncheon will also feature keynote speaker Susan Payne, the founder and former Executive Director of the Safe2Tell prevention initiative. Payne, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, has assisted many states in establishing best practice intelligence gathering and information sharing initiatives to focus on violence prevention and early intervention in schools. She is currently an advisor and speaker for Safe and Sound Schools and was recently appointed to the National School Safety Task Force and is an Expert Advisor to the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center.

Sponsorships, tables and ticket sales from the 2020 luncheon will directly support Kempe’s mission to ensure that children develop and grow in safe, healthy, and nurturing environments and prevent the long-term impacts of child maltreatment and trauma. Tickets are available for purchase online at here. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Denise Jendrusch at jendrusch.denise@kempe.org.

Feb. 7 Youth Mental Health Event

Join Kempe for our winter Uniting Communities for Kids event featuring a panel of experts on mental health issues facing children and their families in Colorado and learn what can be done to protect and heal.

Thursday, Feb. 7
7:30-9:00 a.m.
Wellshire Events Center – 3333 S Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO

Over 200,000 kids and teens have diagnosable mental health conditions in Colorado, but less than a quarter of them receive any type of professional care. What should be done to better identify and treat mental health conditions in our youth.

Moderator:
Don Mares- Executive Director, Denver Department of Human Services

Panelists:
Steven Berkowitz, MD – Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Evelin Gomez, PhD – Department of Pediatrics, The Kempe Center

Shannon Van Deman, PhD – Vice President, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Ren Cannon Matching up to $30,000 on Colorado Gives Day

Once again, our Kempe Ambassadors Chair Ren Cannon will match all Colorado Gives Day donations up to $30,000! This means we can raise twice as many funds and get closer to our fundraising goal of $90,000!

Thanks to Ren and donors like you, Kempe is changing the way we talk about and treat child abuse and neglect. This “hidden epidemic” crosses all socio-economic, religious and ethnic boundaries and impacts communities across Colorado and the country.

Your Colorado Gives Day donation will support our work to protect children and families everywhere. Please help us reach our goal of $90,000 and donate on December 4.

 

How to Schedule Your Donation in Advance:

Your Colorado Gives Day donation can be scheduled ahead of time. Your donation will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 4th, and still count towards the $1 million incentive fund.

  • Go to The Kempe Foundation’s Colorado Gives profile.
  • Click on “DONATE” button.
  • Enter donation amount.
  • Under “Donation Frequency,” choose the option “CO Gives Day.” This will schedule the donation to process on December 4th.
  • Finish the step-by-step process and click “Add to Cart.”

World-Class Illusionist and Magician to Headline Imagine 2019 Luncheon

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.