Saturday, March 2, 2019
Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center

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Mary Louise Lee

2019 Gala Honorary Chair
First Lady of Denver


Kiwanis International

2019 Community Partner
Award Recipient


Cleo Parker Robinson

2019 President’s Award Recipient

2019 Gala Sponsors

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor


Thank you to our Associate Sponsor

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors

  • Tracy Arnn

    Linda Weil

    Jill Pedicord Peterson and John Peterson

Thank you to our Patron Sponsors

  • 5280 Magazine
    Busy Bee Printers
    Cal and Loretta Isaak
    Chuck and Stephanie Jarrett
    Colorado Homes and Lifestyles
    Dale and Mindy Penny
    Dave and Joye Smith – Taco Bell Franchisees
    Donnette, Dennis & Sahara Walto
    Gary and Cris Aboussie and Jeff and Sammie Kinder
    Johnson Storage and Moving
    Karen Isaak Valdez and Tom Valdez
    Key Contacts and Creative Edge
    Kiwanis International
    Mark and Hilary Langston
    New Panda
    Reed and Jennifer Thompson
    Revision, Inc.
    Stacy Sacco
    Steve and Terry Woods
    Up with People International Alumni Association
    Up with People Board of Directors – Canada

Up with People Gala 2018 | A Huge Success

March 3, 2018 was definitely a day to celebrate! Up with People hosted its seventh 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 (donated wine!). We were also excited to add Holland and Knight Law Offices in Denver and ICE3D as first time supporting sponsors. A highlight of the event was honoring First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee, who was the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award due to her passion for the arts and youth through her Bringing Back the Arts Foundation. She wowed the audience that night with her musical ability. The event raised more than $320,000 to support Up with People and its students.

2018 Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Associate Sponsor


Patron Sponsors

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. 

2018 Gala Photos

2017 Gala Photos