Annual 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.


More Than $300,000 Raised at 2017 Up with People Gala in Denver

It’s quickly becoming the event of the year in the Denver community. On Saturday, March 4, more than 400 alumni and supporters of Up with People gathered at The Grand Hyatt for Up with People’s 2017 Gala. This fifth annual event was presented by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in association with Elite Brands of Colorado, and was supported by Mike Shaw Subaru/Mike Shaw Buick GMC and Fuller Western Real Estate.

The event was like no other past Up with People gala as it was the first time that an entire cast – comprised of 100 international performers – was featured. The cast’s energy and enthusiasm elevated the excitement of all in the room and helped raise more than $300,000 for Up with People’s education and performing arts programs. As always, we have great support from our alumni community and are grateful to our sponsors, host committee members, and auction donors.


Thank you to our 2017 Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Associate Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

  • Mike Shaw Subaru
  • Mike Shaw Buick GMC
  • Fuller Western Real Estate

Patron Sponsors

  • IPG (Initial Production Group)
  • Up with People International Alumni Association
  • Patrick J Clayton Productions
  • Colorado Homes and Lifestyles
  • Johnson Storage and Moving
  • Real Property Management
  • Mark and Hilary Langston
  • Chuck Jarrett
  • Jill Pedicord Peterson and John Peterson
  • Reed and Jennifer Thompson
  • Bruce and Linda Erley
  • Isaak Bond Investments
  • 5280 Magazine
  • BZB Printers
  • Camp Up with People
  • Up with People Jr.
  • Castle Edge Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • The Susan Baker Family
  • Dale and Mindy Penny
  • Carey A. Ford
  • Karen Isaak Valdez and Tom Valdez

2017 Gala