Annual Gala

You are invited!

Join us for Gala 2020

February 29, 2020

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

5:30 – 7:00pm | Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00pm | Dinner and Program

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 Up with People performance. 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.

2020 President’s Award Recipient

The Global Chamber Denver & Jeffrey Campos, Executive Director

The 2020 Up with People President’s Award is being presented to the Global Chamber Denver and Jeffrey Campos in recognition of the extraordinary impact that the organization has had on the Denver community. The Global Chamber Denver has impacted the lives of countless Denverites by exposing them to the many international programs, events, and services that are offered to the Denver community by leaders from some of the world’s most successful companies.


Patron Table of 10: $2,500
Individual Ticket: $200
Alumni / Host Family Ticket: $175

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Sponsorship Opportunties

Proceeds from the Gala will help Up with People continue to build a more hopeful, trusting, and peaceful world.

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Thank You to Karen Isaak Valdez and Tom Valdez, & Jill Pedicord Peterson and John Peterson, for their efforts in making this event possible. We’d also like to recognize our Gala Host Committee:

  • Eduardo Aguirre
  • David Alexander
  • Cheryl Alspach
  • Art Aughey
  • Leslie Conzemius
  • Steve Edmonds
  • Linda Erley
  • Hilary & Mark Langston
  • Jennifer Mygatt
  • Jordan Mygatt
  • Mindy & Dale Penny
  • Steve Rokowski
  • Amy Jordan Russ
  • Annie Thompson
  • Jennifer Thompson
  • Ashley Williams
  • Steve Woods

Hotel Bookings

We have special hotel rates with the Hampton in Cherry Creek for Gala. You can book rooms through their online portal and use code UPW (not UWP) or call their front desk and reference the Up With People group block to make reservations as well. Their front desk reservations number is 303-692-1800. Rates are $139/night Thursday and then $99/night Friday & Saturday, if you book all 3 days the rate will appear as $112 (a blended rate between Thursday-Sunday).

Hampton Inn & Suites Denver – Cherry Creek
4150 East Kentucky Avenue
Glendale, CO 80246, US

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.

2019 Gala

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2018 Gala

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2017 Gala

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