In response to the public health guidance issued by Gov. Polis and CDPHE on Tuesday regarding the COVID-19 virus, we have decided, after much deliberation, to cancel the 2020 Championing Healthy Childhoods Luncheon this Friday, March 13. INSTEAD, we will hold a 12-hour online Championing Healthy Childhoods Celebration and Fundraiser in which everyone can participate.

Please follow along with us on social media TODAY as we share the stories of our amazing award honorees and more about the important work of Susan Payne, the founder of Safe2Tell. You can also help us reach our fundraising goal of $75,000 by making an online donation.



Event Details:

The Kempe Foundation 2020 Luncheon: Championing Healthy Childhoods will celebrate the professionals working every day to ensure children develop in safe, healthy and nurturing environments, and inspire community action to keep children safe and healthy for generations to come.

When: Friday, March 13 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Brown Palace – 321 17th Street, Denver, CO 80202

Keynote: Susan Payne, Founder of Safe2Tell

A 28-year law enforcement veteran, Susan is the Founder and former Executive Director of the Safe2Tell prevention initiative, developed as a response to the Columbine tragedy. She was recently appointed to the National School Safety Task Force and is an Expert Adviser to the Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center.




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The 2020 Kempe Award Honorees:


Imhoff Family Community Award: Blue Ribbon Home Warranty

Blue Ribbon Home Warranty, locally owned and operated since 1985, has always been involved in supporting the greater good of the community and we have come to know their generous spirit.  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.


Platinum Partner




Gold Partners


Silver Partners

Citywide Banks

The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect

Yvonne Camacho

Bronze Partners


Cynthia Jamison

Family of Tracy Rivera

First Western Trust

Granite Imports

Kevin MacCary

Kirkpatrick Banks

Michael Luby

Residential Niche


Taloma Partners

The Standard


Event Co-Chairs & Host Committee:

Co-Chairs: Kempe Board Member Victoria Gartelos and Kempe Ambassadors Kelsey & Stephen Sahli

Host Committee:

Wayne and Debra Berger
Jon and Teri Kruljac
Hope Brokaw
Garrett and Sarah Johnson
Yvonne Camacho
Melissa and Tim Regan
Ren Cannon and Jill Metzler
Leslie and Angus Robertson
Darcy Cantwell
David and Robin Savitz
Jonah and Shannon Cave
Dan and Marian Seff
Patty and Mike Imhoff
Erica and Ron Shields
John and Julie Kellogg
Brunilda Wright


Click here to view details from our 2019 event.