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26 Feb, 2019   |   

Watch the Live Stream of Up with People’s 8th Annual Fundraising Gala

We are busily preparing for our eighth annual Gala on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. This year’s event is presented by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in association with Elite Brands of Colorado and is supported by Tracy Arnn, Linda Weil, and Jill Pedicord Peterson and John Peterson. Jill and John, along with Karen Isaak Valdez and Tom Valdez, are the 2019 Gala Co-Chairs. Last year, more than 450 guests attended the event in person to help raise donations to support the organization’s mission in developing the youth of our world into global citizens.

When it comes to planning an international event such as our annual Gala, there are many people involved to make it all come to life. Megan Luebke , Up with People’s Annual Giving and Stewardship Program Manager, has worked closely over the last year along with the Up with People Gala team, the Gala Host Committee, and this year’s Co-Chairs to make this event a reality. Also included in this list is Up with People alumnus Collin Shepherd and his partner, Alex Wurth, local event planners who own Dapper Events.

Last year was the first time that Up with People hosted a Live Stream event so that supporters could view the annual Gala around the world. We’re grateful to provide this opportunity once again for those who cannot attend.

Our interactive Live Stream will be available on the Up with People Facebook page starting around 7:00 PM MST. Experience the Gala as if you were in the room yourself with a live performance from the cast, presentations from guest speakers and honorees, and you can even participate in the silent auction and paddle raise right from your phone or laptop.

As we gear up for the Gala, we want to share with you our honored award recipients and sponsors who collectively have made the Up with People 2019 Gala possible.

This year’s Honorary Gala Chair is the First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee. Ms. Lee was the 2018 UWP President’s Award Recipient, recognized for her work combining her passion for the arts and youth through her Bringing Back the Arts Foundation. She continues to be committed to being an ambassador for the arts to help expose and expand access to Denver’s vibrant cultural communities.

Our 2019 UWP President’s Award Recipient is Cleo Parker Robinson. Cleo is the founder of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Her philosophy of “One Spirit, Many Voices” is one that she lives and breathes as she serves the Denver fine arts community. This philosophy has led to her receiving numerous awards over the years, including the one she will be awarded at our 2019 Gala.

Finally, we are pleased to celebrate our five-year partnership with Kiwanis International. Up with People and Kiwanis International joined forces in 2014. Both promote community service and volunteerism as organizational pillars. We have worked with Kiwanis clubs in several of our tour cities since 2014 and its members have served as sponsors, host families, volunteers, audience members, and donors.


We can’t thank or acknowledge our sponsors enough for making this event possible:

Presenting Sponsor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Associate Sponsor
Elite Brands of Colorado

Supporting Sponsors
Tracy Arnn
Linda Weil
Jill Pedicord Peterson and John Peterson

Check out our full list of patron sponsors here!

To learn more about the Up with People Gala and to buy your Gala tickets, visit  


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