Annual Gala

Up with People 2020 Gala

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Denver, CO

Infinity Park Event Center
4400 E Kentucky Ave
Glendale, CO 80246

About the Up with People Gala

The Up with People Gala is a premier fundraising event that takes place every spring in Denver, Colorado, United States. Alumni, host families, cast member families, prospective students, community members, and all supporters are invited to attend. The event features a cocktail reception, three-course dinner, auction, special appeal, and a high-energy, live performance by the international Up with People cast. This is a great evening to reconnect with friends, meet new people, and celebrate a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is making a meaningful impact on the world.

Up with People Gala 2019 | A Huge Success

March 2, 2019 was definitely a day to celebrate! Up with People hosted its eighth annual fundraising Gala at the Grand Hyatt. More than 450 alumni and friends of Up with People attended the event in person and, for the first time, it was streamed LIVE to our alumni and and supporters around the world. A huge thank you to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for their presenting sponsorship, and Elite Brands of Colorado for their associated sponsorship and donated wine! A special thank you to supporting sponsors Tracy Arnn, Linda Weil, and Jill Pedicord Peterson and John Peterson. Jill and John, along with Karen Isaak Valdez and Tom Valdez, were our fantastic 2019 Gala Co-Chairs. The First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee, served as our 2019 Honorary Gala Chair; she was the recipient of the President's Award at the 2018 Gala. Former Bronco player, Reggie Rivers, emceed the event and received rave reviews for the third year in a row!

This year, we were proud to award Cleo Parker Robinson with the 2019 President's Award. Cleo Parker Robinson is the founder and artistic director for the 48-year-old Denver-based artistic institution, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, and leads numerous community outreach programs throughout Colorado. She has been the recipient of honors and awards from corporate, civic, community, and artistic entities world-wide, and is continually called upon by a myriad of organizations and performance venues. A master teacher/choreographer and cultural ambassador, she and her Ensemble have performed nationwide and internationally throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, and the African continent.

We also awarded Kiwanis International with the 2019 Community Partner Award in honor of our five year partnership with the organization. Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members, and partners dedicated to improve the lives of children, one community at a time. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy, and offering guidance.

Presenting Sponsor

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Associate Sponsor

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Supporting Sponsors

Tracy Arnn
Jill Pedicord Peterson & John Peterson
Linda Weil

Patron Sponsors

2019 Gala

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2018 Gala

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2017 Gala

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